Union City, NJ

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Living in Union City

Union City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 67,982 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Union City is the 13th largest community in New Jersey. Much of the housing stock in Union City was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Union City are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities, Union City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Union City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Union City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Union City who work in office and administrative support (10.36%), sales jobs (8.27%), and food service (7.95%).

In Union City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.20 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Union City is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Union City, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Union City are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.60% of adults in Union City having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Union City in 2018 was $24,548, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,192 for a family of four. However, Union City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Union City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Union City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Union City, accounting for 76.08% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Union City residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Union City include Italian, German, Irish, Polish, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Union City's cultural character, accounting for 57.95% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Union City is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.