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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Union City is a suburb of San Jose with a population of 74,354. Union City is in Alameda County. Living in Union City offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Union City there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Union City and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Union City are highly rated.
About Union City...
Population
74,354

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$620,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,883
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Union City Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    204.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    116.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    322.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,535.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    311
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Union City

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$95,625
National
$55,322

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As a testament to its diversity, Union City is a cultural crossroads between the international intensity of San Francisco, the hustle and bustle of Oakland, and the come-up culture of San Jose and the Silicon Valley. The strength of the various cultural communities- be it the Black, Latino, South Asian, East Asian, or Filipino- feeds the passion that Union City engenders upon its residents. As generations age, the city increasingly becomes a retirement community for the many military families that were stationed in nearby Alameda, the children of these immigrants that moved to the Bay in the 70s and 80s remained in the area and created a community with pride for their city. It is a city that we love to hate, must leave but never forget, a place reluctant of change but embracing of the cultural multiplicity of a modern of the Bay Area.
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I like the city because of the commute time and if you do not want to drive the bart is accessible in all parts of the union city. Union City also provides a good school district which is called New Haven Unified School District. New Haven School District offers great schools like James Logan High School, Kitayama Elementary, and Guy Emmanuele Elementary school. This city also offers a great plaza on the south side of Union City called Union Landing. Union Landing has great restaurants like Texas roadhouse, Chevy's and Applebees. Union landing also has shops like Party City, Lucky's and even a Home Goods.
I was born and raise in Union City, CA for 28 years. I love the hair and nail salons in this area, because of local talents I feel that are like hidden gems in the vast Bay Area. There is a lot of diversity in schools and the workplace that make everyday interesting and a continual learning experience. There are a lot of day-time activities available due to all the various restaurants, malls, parks, gyms, hiking trails, and other local businesses that are located in adjacent cities. I would love to see more night-life activities that promote a lot of positive energy after work hours.