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, 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 (12.78%), sales jobs (9.31%), and food service (8.98%).

One downside of living in Union City, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.72 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

A lot of people in Union City take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Union City, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The percentage of adults in Union City who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.03% of the adults in Union City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Union City in 2010 was $19,896, 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 $79,584 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 84.66% 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 Irish, German, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Union City's cultural character, accounting for 58.75% of the city’s population.

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