The city of Hercules is located in the county of Contra Costa, which was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California. It is one of nine counties that comprise the San Francisco-Oakland Bay area. Contra Costa is essential to bay area life, as it is host to a network of passageways to the sea and cities to the west, the slopes and cities to the east, and the thriving tech mecca to the south. The county boasts one of the fastest growing work forces in northern California, an economy that is fed primarily on the ever-increasing populace. With a population of nearly one million residents, Contra Costa is the 9th most inhabited county in California. The temperate weather, diverse culture and beautiful landscapes that are distinctive to the bay area are evident in all areas of this vital county. The well-preserved historic neighborhoods, as well as modern communities like Hercules, are attractive to single professionals, young families and older citizens alike. Excellent health care, world-renowned education and a booming economy set the foundation for an outstanding quality of life, while the seemingly endless list of recreational and entertainment options in and around Contra Costa are the icing on the cake.
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