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A+ Union City Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Union City Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% higher than New Jersey
Union City
14040% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Union City cost of living
B+ Union City Crime Total crime is 12% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
1,99728% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5128% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
4%Year over year crime is up
Union City crime
D- Union City Employment Household income is 42% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$42,48323% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,99530% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%34% higher than the US average
Union City employment
D+ Union City Housing Home value is 9% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$288,60056% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,12819% higher than the US average
Home ownership
19%70% lower than the US average
Union City real estate or Union City rentals
F Union City Schools HS graduation rate is 22% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
67%19% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%42% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:124% lower than the US average
Union City K-12 schools or Union City colleges

Living in Union City, NJ

Located in the state of New Jersey, Union City is a mid-sized city with a population of 68,965 inhabitants. Union City has a population density of 53,585 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Union City is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Union City are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 81% of the population also speak Spanish.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Union City, New Jersey. To help you find the best places to live in and around Union City, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, education, employment and more.

The livability score in Union City is 61 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 22nd percentile of all cities across America. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Union City has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and crime (B). On a less positive note, Union City does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Union City has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Union City is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Union City come in at $288,600, which is 8.8% lower than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Union City, the home price to income ratio is 6.8, which is 58.1% higher than the New Jersey average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Union City area were 15% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9.4%.

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Compare Union City, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Union City, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cobble Hill, New York805.710,281
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Battery Park, New York773.913,570
North Sutton Area, New York773.717,279
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Upper East Side, New York773.9194,024
Park Slope, New York767.577,662
Todt Hill, New York7612.317,577
Carnegie Hill, New York764.214,743

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North Hills, NY8118.65,420
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Princeton, NJ8143.730,168
Pelham, NY8015.46,996
Plandome, NY8017.51,228
Jericho, NY8025.713,730

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Old and Conjested

Parking is limited. At times I have circled the block 30 minutes trying to park. Your bumpers take a beating. Always have to move your vehicle for sweeper or away from meters.

Rents are high and some buildings are unkept. My friends apt has a broken security door, infestation and burglaries. Not unusual to see multi families living in an apts. within the city.

Shops and restaurants conveniently located. Too many summer parades cause traffic congestion. Sweepers keep streets clean. Drivers very impatient. Not unusual to have someone honk their horn at red lights. Not a very diverse city.
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The Latin Melting Pot Known as Union City, NJ

In recent years, there seems to have been alot of interest in New Jersey, particularly the area along its eastern shore. For years, New Jersey was relegated as sort of the second class cousin to its huge metropolis across the Hudson River, New York City. But in recent years, many communities have emerged from being mere bedroom communities to destinations where you can find many opportunities for shopping, nice restaurants, and cultural events. Of particular interest to me is Union City, NJ.

Union City is located directly across from Manhattan. Since the early 1960s, Union City has been home to the largest Cuban American population outside of Miami, FL. In fact, it has earned the nickname, "Havana On The Hudson." New York has long supported a fairly large Cuban community for many decades, I have found that the Cuban community of Union City, however, almost mirrors that of Little Havana in Miami. Walking along Union City's main street, Bergeline Avenue, I have found a very similar ambience to what I find in Miami's Calle Ocho (the main drag of Little Havana). There are numerous Cuban restaurants, coffee stands, and all kinds of other businesses which are owned and run by Cubans. When it comes to Cuban restaurants in Union City, you know that you are getting the real deal and not an approximation of the cuisine which is typical in the big city across the Hudson.

While Union City is still home to the largest concentration of Cubans outside of Miami, Cubans are no longer the majority of its hispanic population. When I walk along Bergeline Avenue these days, I've observed an emerging presence from Latin Americans countries everywhere. This new population has gradually replaced Cuban businesses.
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Nice Visit in Union City, New Jersey

I spent two weeks in Union City New Jersey earlier this summer. It was my very first time ever visiting the city, however I found it a very pleasant place to be. I would highly recommend Union City New Jersey to anyone looking for a unique spot to go to for summer vacation.

Mama Rosa Brick House Pizza which is located Manhattan Ave, had the best pizza I had ever tasted in my life. We actually dined there about three times during our stay in Union City New Jersey. The staff was very polite and even became familiar with our faces and took the time to learn our names. The wonderful thing about this city is that it is conveniently located close to other popular New Jersey cities. This worked out for us because we were actually in the state of New Jersey to attend a conference that was being held in the nearby town of Jersey City.

We found that the price of hotels were alot cheaper in Union City, then in the surrounding areas. We were able to get a hotel room in Union City for $99 a night, compared to the other nearby cities that were charging at least $140+ a night for a decent hotel.
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Source: The Union City, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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