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Overview

Introduction to Hercules, California

Hercules, California, in Contra Costa county, is 6 miles S of Vallejo, California (center to center) and 14 miles N of Oakland, California. As part of the surrounding Oakland metro area, the city is not an isolated city. 

Hercules History

Hercules was founded in 1881 by the California Powder Works Company. It was named after a leading brand of explosives made by the company. The town was initially developed to house the companies employees, but when the plant shut down in 1976, the town which had already developed well, continued to thrive.

Hercules and Nearby Attractions

  • Epperson Gallery.
  • Mare Island Officers Mansions & Museum.
  • St Peter's Chapel Mare Island.
  • Refugio Valley Park.
  • Woodfield Park & Tennis Courts.
  • Oakland Museum of California.

Things To Do In Hercules

Hercules is located in a beautiful waterfront area. The Parks and Recreation Department has developed several parks, swimming pools and other recreational facilities in the city. They regularly arrange activities for the entertainment and education of the people.

Hercules Transportation

San Francisco International Airport serves the city.

Hercules Higher Education

Higher education facilities are available at Contra Costa College.

People

Total Population 24,838
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 12,584
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 51.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.7%
Median Earnings25+ $54,724
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,540
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,176

Wealth

Median Family Income $113,658
% Above Poverty Level 94.9%
% Below Poverty Level 5.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 10.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,559
Median House Value $395,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.5%
US/American 0%
English 3%
Irish 2.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hercules Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles S of Vallejo, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles N of Oakland, California
County Contra Costa
Standard Zip Codes 94547
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.017
Longitude -122.287

Hercules Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MARTINEZ WATER PLANT
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 87 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 19.5 inches
Station SAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 51 to 74 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Station OAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 73 F
Oct Temp 55 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benicia 27,657 $111,446
El Cerrito 24,418 $105,345
Pinole 18,922 $79,129
Richmond 107,597 $59,624
San Pablo 29,777 $47,871
Vallejo 118,995 $65,160

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Hercules High Schools

HERCULES HIGH
1900 REFUGIO VALLEY RD.
510-245-5000
Serves 1,135 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.7

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