Union City, NJ
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Union City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 69,156 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Union City is the 13th largest community in New Jersey.

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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Union City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.92%), food service (9.18%), and sales jobs (8.99%).

In Union City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.45 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.

Many people in Union City take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Union City citizens for affordable transportation.

The education level of Union City citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.39% of adults 25 and older in Union City have a college degree.

The per capita income in Union City in 2010 was $19,834, 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 $79,336 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 85.04% 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Union City include Irish, German, English, and French .

In addition, Union City has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (57.76%).

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