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Overview

Introduction to Union City, California

Union City is a California city located in Alameda County, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, 25 miles southeast of Oakland, and 20 miles northwest of San Jose. The city is serviced by California State Highway 84, and is situated close to Interstate I-880. Nearby communities include Fremont and Newark (to the south) and Hayward (to the north).

Union City History

Many of Union City's early settlers were former gold miners converted to growers of potatoes, fruit and vegetables. Considered to be the most fertile agricultural land in the state, the area grew in concert with its bountiful produce. By the mid-nineteenth century, Union City had developed into a town claiming several hotels, boarding houses, livery stables, general stores and gambling saloons. The 20th century saw the proliferation of major industries in the area, leading to the city's incorporation in 1959. Since that time, Union City has experienced steady growth, evolving into the well-rounded community that it is today.

Union City Places of Interest

In addition to having easy access to a wide variety of world-class attractions in the San Francisco Bay area, residents and visitors to Union City can enjoy and look forward to some interesting attractions closer to home. The Union City Historical Museum is a repository of documents, research material and artifacts chronicling the city's history as well as personal histories of notable former residents. The city's Sugar Mill Landing Park features the San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial, which honors the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, bound for San Francisco before being hijacked and crashing in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. And the Union City Sports Center, a state-of-the-art 37,000 square-foot recreational facility, opened in early 2007.

People

Total Population 72,690
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 25,996
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 55.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.4%
Median Earnings25+ $45,489
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,147
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,164

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,861
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 8.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,652
Median House Value $521,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 80.9%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 3.5%

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

Union City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles N of San Jose, California
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94587
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.595
Longitude -122.018

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 NEWARK (OAKLAND)
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 68 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 54 to 74 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
Station UPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
Station SAN JOSE
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 58 to 84 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 15 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Castro Valley 62,044 $98,505
Dublin 52,063 $133,080
Fremont 225,221 $115,269
Hayward 152,401 $70,951
Newark 44,207 $90,318
Pleasanton 75,009 $144,551

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

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1800 H ST.
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Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

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