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.

Demographics

People

Total Population25,343
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens14.6%
Employed Population 16+13,270
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married53.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.2%
Median Earnings25+$58,359
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$38,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$122,286
% Above Poverty Level95.8%
% Below Poverty Level4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time42 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.1%
% Using Public Transportation9.8%

Housing

People Living Alone18.5%
Median Gross Rent$2,021
Median House Value$510,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)71.5%
German2.8%
Arab2.4%
Irish2.3%
English2.2%
Italian2.1%
Turkish1.6%
Portuguese1.6%
African1.2%
French Except Basque0.8%
Iranian0.8%
Brazilian0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Scottish0.5%
Russian0.4%
Norwegian0.4%
Polish0.4%
Nigerian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Australian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Czech0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Hercules Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyContra Costa County
Standard Zip Codes94547
Phone Area Codes510
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.01
Approximate Longitude-122.25

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)

StationMARTINEZ WATER PLANT
Distance9.3 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 87 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip19.5 inches
StationSAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER
Distance13.5 miles
Jan Temp41 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp51 to 74 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches
StationOAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp45 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 66 F
Jul Temp57 to 73 F
Oct Temp55 to 72 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Benicia28,088$121,704
El Cerrito25,203$117,776
Pinole19,264$101,813
Richmond109,340$69,909
San Pablo30,839$54,747
Vallejo120,977$75,898

Hercules Public Schools

Hanna Ranch Elementary
2480 Refugio Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94547
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Hercules High
1900 Refugio Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94547
High
Total Enrollment 935
Hercules Middle
1900 Refugio Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94547
Middle
Total Enrollment 636
Lupine Hills Elementary
1919 Lupine Rd.
ZIP: 94547
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Ohlone Elementary
1616 Pheasant Dr.
ZIP: 94547
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
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