Union City is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area in Alameda County, California, United States approximately 30 miles from San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose. Incorporated on January 13, 1959,combining the communities of Alvarado, New Haven, and Decoto city has over 71,000 residents today. Alvarado is a California Historical Landmark (#503). The city celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009.
Union City has a small-town atmosphere . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19 square miles (49 km2), all land with no bay frontage. The Niles Cone aquifer, managed by the Alameda County Water District, supplies much of the water consumed by Union City.
Union City is the location of the American Licorice Company’s West Coast operations, having moved there in 1971 from San Francisco.
Union City is home to three major health care providers: a Kaiser Permanente facility, a Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, and Washington Hospital’s Nakamura Clinic.
Union City also has a large number of industrial and shipping companies including R&S Manufacturing, RCD Concrete, Jatco, and EntirelyPets.
Union Landing Shopping Center is a 33-acre shopping center, adjacent to Interstate 880 The mall was completed in 1999 after several of debate on the land once Union city Drive in closed . One year later, a nearby Target shopping center was built near Hayward/Union city border near Interstate 880 on Whipple Road, with Home Depot and Circuit City around.
According to Union City’s June 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
# Employer # of Employees
1 Southern Wine & Spirits 1,150
2 New Haven Unified School District 998
3 Wal-Mart 780
4 Axygen Scientific, Inc 370
5 Abaxis, Inc 370
6 Kaiser Permanante 330
7 City of Union City 322
8 Ajax Custom Manufacturing 300
9 OSI, Inc. 300
10 Blommer Chocolate, Inc. 290
Several transit systems service Union City. AC Transit, the Dumbarton Express, and the city’s own Union City Transit which started in 1974 runs 9 bus lines throughout Union City and parts of Hayward. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail system came to Union City when the system opened in 1972.In 2007 the Union City Bart station was rebuilt and developed into Union City Intermodal Transit Station a second entrance planned to open in late 2016 that will provide future connections to Multimodal trains . Union City is also served by a network of high-capacity streets, with 4 exits on Interstate 880 (Nimitz Freeway) and Highway 238 also serves the city.(Mission Boulevard)
Station downtown district
Union City has invested $100 million into an expansion of the downtown district, including development surrounding the existing BART station, which is itself under construction to link BART with passenger rail services: Capitol Corridor, Dumbarton Rail and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE). The city expects the project will add jobs and revenue.