Union City, Tennessee

Union City is a city located in Obion County, Tennessee, United States.[7] The 2010 census reported the population of the town as 10,895. Union City is the principal city of the surrounding micropolitan area, which includes Obion County and Fulton County, Kentucky.

Union City, Tennessee
Obion County Courthouse, downtown
Obion County Courthouse, downtown
Location of Union City in Obion County, Tennessee.
Location of Union City in Obion County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°25′28″N 89°3′3″W / 36.42444°N 89.05083°W / 36.42444; -89.05083Coordinates: 36°25′28″N 89°3′3″W / 36.42444°N 89.05083°W / 36.42444; -89.05083
CountryUnited States
Named forLocal railroad junction[1]
 • Total12.07 sq mi (31.27 km2)
 • Land12.07 sq mi (31.25 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
335 ft (102 m)
 • Total10,895
 • Estimate 
 • Density862.01/sq mi (332.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
38261 & 38281
Area code(s)731
FIPS code47-75940[5]
GNIS feature ID1273213[6]


The city name was derived from its location at the junction of two railroads, with one running roughly east–west and the other roughly north–south.[citation needed]


Union City is located at 36°25′28″N 89°3′3″W / 36.42444°N 89.05083°W / 36.42444; -89.05083 (36.424395, −89.050850).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.7 square miles (28 km2), all land. The mayor, appointed in 1988, is Terry Hailey.


Census Pop.
Est. 201810,401[4]−4.5%

As of the census[5] of 2000, the population density was 1,020.1 people per square mile (393.9/km²). There were 5,013 housing units at an average density of 470.2 per square mile (181.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.44% White, 21.29% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.59% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.41% of the population.

There were 4,568 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every hundred females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,399, and the median income for a family was $40,737. Males had a median income of $35,801 versus $19,694 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,787. About 12.5% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.


A main street in Union City.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company operated a plant in the city from 1969 to 2011. On February 10, 2011, Goodyear announced that the Union City plant would shut down by the end of the year. On June 11, 2011, production ceased at the plant.[11]

Darling International operates a rendering plant.[12]

Union City is also home to the Discovery Park of America. It features exhibits and activities on local history, nature, military history, art and science.[13]



Union City was the home of the Union City Greyhounds, a minor league baseball team in the collegiate woodbat KIT League, which has teams in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee.[14]


Union City is served by the newspaper The Messenger (Union City Daily Messenger),.[15][16]

Historic landmarksEdit

  • Masquerade Theatre - located in the former Capital Theater on South First Street. The theatre is a historic landmark and has been standing since the early 1900s.[17]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b Judi McIntyre, Historical and Architectural Resources of Union City, Obion County, Tennessee, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, October 1998, Sec. E, pg. 1. Retrieved: 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  11. ^ State Gazette, Goodyear Union City Plant Closes Its Doors, Retrieved July 12, 2011
  12. ^ NWTN Today, Darling Purchases Griffin Industries. Retrieved 17-July-2011.
  13. ^ "Discovery Park of America". Discovery Park of America. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  14. ^ "Kitty League's Union City Greyhounds". unioncitygreyhounds.homestead.com. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  15. ^ Union City Daily Messenger, Mondotimes.com, Retrieved, October 6, 2010
  16. ^ NWTNToday.com
  17. ^ "History". Retrieved 2019-09-28.

Further readingEdit

  • History of Obion County, assembled and edited by E.H. Marshall, 1941

External linksEdit