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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population68,965
Male Share of the Population50.5%
Female Share of the Population49.5%
Senior Citizens10.5%
Employed Population 16+34,042
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married37%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.9%
Median Earnings25+$25,364
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,148
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,320

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,703
% Above Poverty Level75.7%
% Below Poverty Level24.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.4%
% Using Public Transportation41.5%

Housing

People Living Alone24.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,128
Median House Value$288,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)84.1%
Italian3%
Irish2%
German1%
Arab0.7%
English0.5%
Polish0.5%
West Indian0.5%
French Except Basque0.4%
Turkish0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Guyanese0.2%
African0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
British0.1%
Scottish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Russian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Union City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hudson County
Standard Zip Codes7087
Phone Area Codes862,201,551,908,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.77
Approximate Longitude-74.03

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)

StationJERSEY CITY
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 36 F
Apr Temp42 to 58 F
Jul Temp68 to 83 F
Oct Temp47 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.3 inches
StationNEW YORK CITY CENTRAL PK
Distance3 miles
Jan Temp26 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 84 F
Oct Temp50 to 64 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationNEWARK INTL AP
Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp24 to 38 F
Apr Temp44 to 61 F
Jul Temp69 to 85 F
Oct Temp48 to 65 F
Annual Precip46.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Guttenberg11,628$54,488
Hoboken53,136$177,088
North Bergen62,791$60,401
Secaucus18,737$103,188
Weehawken13,671$105,833
West New York52,407$50,278

Union City Public Libraries

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

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Union City Public Schools

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School
4507 Hudson Ave
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5971
Primary
Total Enrollment 1002
Jefferson Elementary School
3400 Palisade Avenue
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5960
Primary
Total Enrollment 374
George Washington Elementary School
3905 New York Ave
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5829
Primary
Total Enrollment 814
Thomas A Edison Elementary School
507 West St
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5965
Primary
Total Enrollment 1213
Jose Marti Freshman Academy
1800 Summit Ave
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5400
Other
Total Enrollment 659
Emerson Middle School
318 - 18th Street
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5900
Middle
Total Enrollment 1002
Colin Powell Elementary School
1500 New York Avenue
ZIP: 7087
(201) 351-5165
Primary
Total Enrollment 882
Eugenio Maria De Hostos Center For Early Childhood Education
2200 Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7087
(201) 271-2265
Primary
Total Enrollment 327
Robert Waters Elementary School
2800 Summit Ave
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5925
Primary
Total Enrollment 1115
Veterans' Memorial Elementary School
1401 Central Avenue
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-2737
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Union Hill Middle School
3800 Hudson Ave
ZIP: 7087
(201) 348-5936
Middle
Total Enrollment 767
Union City High School
2500 Kennedy Blvd
ZIP: 7087
(201) 330-8678
High
Total Enrollment 2629

Union City Private Schools

Learning Institute Of Union City
324 34th St
ZIP: 7087
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 83
St Augustine School
3920 New York Ave
ZIP: 7087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 205
Miftaahul Uloom School
501 15th St
ZIP: 7087
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 178
St Francis Academy
1601 Central Ave
ZIP: 7087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 257
Mother Seton School
1501 New York Ave
ZIP: 7087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 269
Precious Steps
809 7th Street
ZIP: 7087
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
Rising Star Academy
4613 Cottage Pl
ZIP: 7087
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 150
Smiling Faces Educational Center
3300 New York Ave
ZIP: 7087
Elementary
Total Enrollment 72
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