Union City, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 41°53′46″N 79°50′40″W / 41.89611°N 79.84444°W / 41.89611; -79.84444
Union City
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Erie
Coordinates 41°53′46″N 79°50′40″W / 41.89611°N 79.84444°W / 41.89611; -79.84444
Area 1.7 sq mi (4 km2)
Population 3,163 (2010)
Density 1,848.6 / sq mi (714 / km2)
Mayor Bob King
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Zip code 16438
Area code 814
Location of Union City in Erie County
Location of Union City within Pennsylvania
Website: www.unioncitypa.com

Union City is a borough in Erie County, Pennsylvania, 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Erie. In the twentieth century, there were three large chair factories, planing and grist mills, a powdered milk plant, and several furniture factories. In 1900, 3,104 people lived here, and in 1910, 3,684 people lived here. The population was 3,163 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The Union City Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]


Union City is located at 41°53′46″N 79°50′40″W / 41.89611°N 79.84444°W / 41.89611; -79.84444 (41.896056, -79.844425)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,500
1880 2,171 44.7%
1890 2,261 4.1%
1900 3,104 37.3%
1910 3,684 18.7%
1920 3,850 4.5%
1930 3,788 −1.6%
1940 3,843 1.5%
1950 3,911 1.8%
1960 3,819 −2.4%
1970 3,638 −4.7%
1980 3,623 −0.4%
1990 3,537 −2.4%
2000 3,463 −2.1%
2010 3,320 −4.1%
Est. 2012 3,285 −1.1%

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 3,163 people, 1,326 households, and 900 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,848.6 people per square mile (715.0/km²). There were 1,422 housing units at an average density of 759.1 per square mile (293.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.92% White, 0.14% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.84% of the population.

There were 1,326 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,216, and the median income for a family was $34,352. Males had a median income of $29,833 versus $21,016 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $12,599. About 17.9% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.



Most children in Union City attend schools in the Union City Area School District. This school district also includes children from Crawford County. There is one elementary school and the middle and high schools are located in the same building. The school colors are green and white and the mascot is a Bear.


The Union City Historical Society Museum is a three story building on Main Street. The museum has a large collection of artifacts dating from the 1780s to the present. Many of the items on the third floor were made by residents of the town.

High School Sports[edit]

Union City's first State Champion was female track and field athlete Sharon Geisler in the Javelin throw. In 1990, the boys cross country team earned state runner-up honors finishing as the silver medalists, and in 1996 and 1997 the boys teams won the PIAA State championship in cross country. In 1997 and 1998, Union City's track and field team won gold medals in the 4x800m relay. Members of the 1997 4x800m relay team were Matthew Webb, William McKinney, Gregory Cooper, and Thomas McCall. After graduating in 1997, Cooper was replaced by Brian Gaines for the team's second 4x800m crown.

Brother and sister, Justin and Natalie Clickett, won Gold in the shot put and discus throws for the Union City Bears. Clickett's throw in 2003 of 64' 5.75" in the shot put was the State class AA record.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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