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Overview

Introduction to Union City, New Jersey

Union City, New Jersey, in Hudson county, is 3 miles NW of New York, New York. It's one of the most densely populated cities in the country. A large number of middle class New York City residents have relocated to Union City along with immigrants from the Dominican Republic and from Central and South America. The city has a very large Hispanic population.

The eastern portion of the city offers excellent views of the New York City skyline. The municipality is recognized as an Urban Enterprise Zone. Bergenline Avenue is a major retail location. Residents can easily go to New York City to enjoy a variety of activities and watch professional sports events. The city was incorporated in 1925 by combining West Hoboken and Union Hill.

Union City History

The Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. The Germans established settlements in 1851. The city was home to prominent lace making companies. Union City and West New York were well known for embroidery. The Union City Seal includes the embroidery industry's trademark. At the turn of the 20th century a vast number of Irish and Italian immigrants arrived.

Jobs in the embroidery industry attracted large number of people from Cuba, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Near East. A vast number of Cuban refugees, escaping the regime of Fidel Castro relocated to Union City. In the past, it had the second largest Cuban population in the country after Miami. It had the nickname "Havana on the Hudson." Immigrants are now attracted to the municipality due to it being less expensive than Manhattan.

Union City Attractions

  • St. Michael's Monastery Church.
  • Park Performing Arts Center.
  • Union City's Multi-Arts Festival.
  • Cuban Day Parade.
  • Celia Cruz Park.
  • Old City Hall.

Union City Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. New York City is just two miles away by utilizing the Lincoln Tunnel. The New Jersey Turnpike is nearby. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail provides services. NJ Transit offers bus transportation.

People

Total Population 68,656
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 33,244
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 36.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $24,628
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,530
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,932

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,501
% Above Poverty Level 75.1%
% Below Poverty Level 24.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.8%
% Using Public Transportation 41.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,113
Median House Value $289,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.7%
US/American 0%
English 0.4%
Irish 2%

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

Union City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 3 miles NW of New York, New York
County Hudson
Standard Zip Codes 07086, 07087
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.779
Longitude -74.024

Union City 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 JERSEY CITY
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 58 F
Jul Temp 68 to 83 F
Oct Temp 47 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Station NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance 3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 84 F
Oct Temp 50 to 64 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Station NEWARK INTL AP
Distance 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 44 to 61 F
Jul Temp 69 to 85 F
Oct Temp 48 to 65 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Union City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bergenline (07087)

Summit Avenue (07087)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Guttenberg 11,595 $60,163
Hoboken 52,452 $165,648
North Bergen 62,570 $58,509
Secaucus 18,170 $97,222
Weehawken 13,215 $94,336
West New York 51,860 $46,659

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

Union City Public Libraries

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Union City Public Library
324 43RD STREET
Union City, New Jersey
(201) 866-7500
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Union City High Schools

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EMERSON HIGH
318 18TH ST
201-348-5901
A Title I School.
Serves 1,507 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

UNION HILL HIGH
3808 HUDSON AVE
201-348-5936
A Title I School.
Serves 1,409 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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