City of Union City

City of Union City

City of Union City

City of Union City

Union City is the county seat of Obion County located in northwest Tennessee. In 1852 General George Gibbs, gave Union City its name because of the “union” of two railroads at this location; the Nashville/Northwestern Railroad (Hickman, KY) and the Mobile, Alabama/Ohio Railroad. Current population of Union City is 11,170 according to the 2020 U.S. Census. The City of Union City is proud to provide responsive and fiscally responsible government services through ethical fairness and teamwork. Striving for excellence, Union City utilizes a planned approach to enhance the safety, health, welfare and growth of our residential, commercial, and industrial communities.

Union City serves as the Regional Trade Center for northwest Tennessee and southwest Kentucky. Our community was recently designated as a micropolitan area by the U.S. census. The city is centrally located relevant to U.S.population centers and is 120 miles north of Memphis and 165 miles west of Nashville.

 In the 1850s, the railroad played a major role in the development of West Tennessee, especially Union City that served as crossroads for two major railways linking the south with the north. In 1852, General G.W. Gibbs employed a civil engineer from Richmond, Virginia to survey for a location for a rail line that would link Nashville, Tennessee to Hickman, Kentucky. He marked the spot by writing “Union City” with red chalk on a white oak tree. Union City became incorporated in 1867.

A lot has changed in 150 years, but Union City still honors its past. In the heart of Union City, you can find the renovated Capitol Theatre, Kiwanis Park, the Obion County Museum, and the Church Street Railroad Depot. While downtown, you can also enjoy the numerous restaurants, antique shops, specialty shops, and clothing stores.

Union City is served by all four modes of transport:


Union City is directly served by the Canadian National (CN) Railroad, the only rail carrier in the U.S. that provides coast to coast service from the Atlantic to the Pacific as well as Canada to the Gulf Coast.


The Port of Cates Landing Deepwater/Slackwater Port is being constructed in neighboring Lake County, approximately 20 miles west. The port is scheduled to be operational in 2014.


The Everett Stewart Regional Airport is located on Airport Circle Road just south of State Highway 431 (Old Highway 22) approximately 4 miles southeast of Union City and has an existing runway and parallel taxiway of 6,500 feet. It is one of only eleven airports in the state with an ILS (Instrument Landing System), and it has the capability to serve 67% of the nation’s most popular corporate business jet aircraft operating at maximum capacity. The airport has much-undeveloped land surrounding the airfield with significant potential for a variety of uses. Everett Stewart Regional Airport is becoming a general aviation airport facility that is required for an entire region, not just a community and is on its way to becoming a ―World Class‖ General Aviation Airport


Union City is presently served by U.S. 51 connecting to the Kentucky Interstate System and I-55 and SR 22 providing direct access to I-40 near Jackson, Tennessee. SR 45 is scheduled to be upgraded to four-lane within 36 months and will provide direct linkage to I-40 at Jackson. In addition to the four-lane highways, Interstate 69’s construction is currently in progress.

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