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Union City, Indiana
Union City water tower and skyline
Union City water tower and skyline
Location of Union City in Randolph County, Indiana.
Location of Union City in Randolph County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Randolph
Township Wayne
 • Total 2.27 sq mi (5.87 km2)
 • Land 2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.45%
1,122 ft (343 m)
 • Total 3,454
 • Density 1,530.35/sq mi (590.88/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-77768
GNIS feature ID 445119
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Union City is a city in Wayne Township, Randolph County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 3,584.

Union City was a stop along the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, a forerunner of the Pennsylvania Railroad that connected Pittsburgh to Chicago and St. Louis. The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway (also known as the "Big Four", a predecessor of the New York Central) had the east–west route connecting Indianapolis, Anderson and Muncie, Indiana with Sidney, Bellefontaine and Columbus, Ohio. It is believed by some area residents that the town got its nickname "The Hub City" because the two railroads intersected near the Ohio and Indiana state line.

Union City, Indiana
Union City, Indiana


Union City was platted in 1849, eleven years after its twin city of Union City, Ohio. A post office has been in operation at Union City, Indiana since 1852.

The William Kerr House, Raphael Kirshbaum Building, Union City Commercial Historic District, Union City Passenger Depot, Union City Public Library, and Union City School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Union City is located at 40°12′4″N 84°48′54″W / 40.20111°N 84.81500°W / 40.20111; -84.81500 (40.201173, -84.815094).

According to the 2010 census, Union City has a total area of 2.209 square miles (5.72 km2), of which 2.2 square miles (5.70 km2) (or 99.59%) is land and 0.009 square miles (0.02 km2) (or 0.41%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,439
1880 2,478 72.2%
1890 2,681 8.2%
1900 2,716 1.3%
1910 3,209 18.2%
1920 3,406 6.1%
1930 3,084 −9.5%
1940 3,535 14.6%
1950 3,572 1.0%
1960 4,047 13.3%
1970 3,995 −1.3%
1980 3,908 −2.2%
1990 3,612 −7.6%
2000 3,622 0.3%
2010 3,584 −1.0%
2020 3,454 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,584 people, 1,477 households, and 922 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,629.1 inhabitants per square mile (629.0/km2). There were 1,733 housing units at an average density of 787.7 per square mile (304.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 1.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 9.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.8% of the population.

There were 1,477 households, of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

Union City Public Library
The Union City Public Library is one of six sites in Union City listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.


The Randolph Eastern School Corporation serves Union City through two schools: North Side Elementary School and Union City Junior Senior High School. They are housed in adjoining buildings on the northwest side of the town.

The town has a lending library, the Union City Public Library.

Notable people

  • Donald R. Atkinson, educator and writer
  • Rick Derringer, guitarist and founding member of The McCoys, hit songwriter ("Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo") who later worked extensively with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter and others, in addition to developing a solo career.
  • Isaac P. Gray, 18th and 20th governor of Indiana and Minister to Mexico in the second Cleveland administration. Buried in Union City Cemetery.
  • Earle Raymond Hedrick, mathematician and vice president of University of California.
  • Randy Jo Hobbs (1948–1993), born in Winchester, Indiana, later relocated to Union City. Bassist and founding member of The McCoys, he later worked extensively with Johnny Winter and also played with Jimi Hendrix. Hobbs is buried at a Catholic cemetery outside the city limits.
  • Haleloke Kahauolopua, a Hawaiian-born singer who appeared on TV on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town and for five years (1950–55) on The Arthur Godfrey Show. She retired to Union City at a young age to live with her friends the Paul Keck family. Kahualopua died in her adopted town on December 16, 2004, at the age of 82.
  • Henry Jackson (1861–1932), born in Union City, was a major-league baseball player for the Indianapolis Hoosiers in 1887. He played first base and batted .263. Jackson is buried in Union City Cemetery.
  • Chris Hawkey, country music artist, co-host and producer of the Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN was raised in Union City and graduated from Mississinawa Valley High School.

See also

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