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Hercules is a city in Contra Costa County, in the San Francisco-Oakland metro area.
The community was named after an explosive powder made by the California Powder Works, which operated a plant here
The latitude of Hercules is 38.017N. The longitude is -122.287W.It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 79 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 21,602.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Hercules demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Contra Costa County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Oakland area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94572 ZIP code.
5% of Hercules residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hercules ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hercules was $27,699, compared with $21,587 nationally.
36% of Hercules residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Hercules, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $987. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,686.
Contra Costa County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hercules political report.
The average commute time for Hercules workers is 41 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hercules between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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