Union City is located in Alameda County, California. As of the 2000 census, the current population is about approximately 73,000. It was incorporated in 1959, combining the communities of Alvarado and Decoto. According to a 2006 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $76,223, and the median income for a family was $82,717.

Tourism and Entertainment

Visitors to Union City will find no shortage of things to do in and around the area. Union Landing is Union City's highest profile retail entertainment center. The center encompasses over 100 acres of quality retail, entertainment and dining development. Union Landing also boasts Century 25 Theaters, a 25-screen movie theater that has become one of the top-grossing multiplexes in the country. With nearly 50 businesses, Union Landing is the hottest entertainment spot in town, and still continues to grow.

For those who love to stay active, the Leisure Services department of Union City maintains an array of activities and venues for every lifestyle. From community centers to swimming pools to ball fields, from dog parks to skate parks to tennis courts—and more—the city has the necessary resources to fuel a vigorous, fun-filled lifestyle. Organized classes and activities for all age groups, from children to seniors, are also available. For fitness buffs, the city’s brand new Sports Center offers state-of-the art workout equipment, exercise classes, basketball courts, and even sports massage therapy.

Union City is home to the nation's first permanent memorial to the victims of United Flight 93, a flight headed to the Bay Area that crashed under terrorist attack in Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001. The Flight 93 Memorial is a stunning monument to the bravery of the passengers and crew, and is located at the corner of Alvarado-Niles Rd. and Dyer St.

The Old Alvarado Farmers Market is a popular stop for residents and visitors, and, thanks to the mild California winters, it offers year-round fresh produce. In the summer, a weekly concert series draws people for food and fun. Paddy’s Coffee house, also located in the Old Alvarado area, is the city’s de facto grassroots arts center and showcases the work of local artists, musicians, and performers.

Although there are numerous cultural activities to take advantage of in Union City, visitors would be remiss if they didn't venture into nearby San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Union City is in the unique position of being within thirty minutes of three major metropolitan areas, which provide a profusion of world-class music, art, professional sports, museums and other cultural offerings. Thanks to BART and public transportation, these cities are all easy to get to, with or without a car.

After a long day of experiencing Union City, there are numerous places to rest your head. The Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, and Extended Stay America hotels and other fine lodging are conveniently located off I-880 for a serene night's rest before continuing your visit.

Whether or not you take advantage of the great local flavor or the nearby metropolitan culture, Union City is tailor-made for a terrific time!

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