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I found the issue and you guys pushing me about the data type pushed me to figure it out. I was using the join tool to change it to a double, then i used a union tool. For some reason after the union tool the data type changed back to a string. I used the select tool to fix the issue. Thanks guys
Interesting. My assumption is that you had another version of the same field in the union which had a String field type and during the union that fields value was applied.
This is actually an interesting behaviour of the Union tool which I hadn't ever thought about. I did some testing to show that a numeric value being unioned to a string results in the both values becoming strings (regardless of the input or output order).