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 is home to some 19,488 residents.

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.


Total Population 24,596
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 12,660
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.2%
Median Earnings25+ $56,969
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,379
Median Earnings With High School Degree $49,375


Median Family Income $113,447
% Above Poverty Level 93.9%
% Below Poverty Level 6.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 10.3%


People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $1,554
Median House Value $372,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 76.5%
US/American 0%
English 2.9%
Irish 2.9%

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


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

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
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
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 27,450 $113,235
El Cerrito 24,136 $104,524
Pinole 18,754 $82,679
Richmond 106,469 $59,976
San Pablo 29,516 $47,666
Vallejo 118,078 $67,543
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Hercules High Schools

Serves 1,135 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.7

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