Lifestyle

Quality of life means different things to different people, and Solano County delivers many different versions. Within our 7 cities and unincorporated portions of the county you can find:

  • Location: urban, suburban, rural small town, rustic, and refined
  • Geography: rolling hills, extensive flatlands, open space, waterfront views and properties
  • Lifestyle: family-friendly, young professionals, and empty nesters
  • Housing: single-family, condo, affordable, new and established neighborhoods
  • Careers: entry level, blue collar, government, professionals, medical, and sciences
  • Amenities: restaurants, arts and theater scene, sports and recreation on water and land
  • Shopping: local-owned, chain, and big-box stores, large malls, and compact walkable downtowns

Cost of Living

Solano County is the location of choice for young professionals, families, and empty nesters because of its affordability, family-friendly atmosphere, and recreational opportunities. All while in close proximity to a wide range of job and career options.

Cost of Living
This index compares the relative cost of living in different locations. Using the United States as the base location (i.e. a value of 100), an index value of 120 means that the cost of living in that particular community is 20 percent higher than in the base location; a value of 94 indicates a more affordable location.
Location Benicia Dixon Fairfield Rio Vista Suisun City Vacaville Vallejo
Cost of Living 168 131 128 122 118 134 116
Source: Sperling's BestPlaces, August 2016 
The total of all cost of living categories is weighted as follows: 30% housing, 15% groceries, 10% transportation, 6% utilities, 7% health care, and 32% miscellaneous (clothing, services, entertainment); state and local taxes are not included. July 2016

Housing

Housing is one of the biggest draws to Solano, both for the low cost in comparison with prices in San Francisco and San Jose, and also from the variety of options. Be sure to see the City profiles for further pricing information.

Housing Cost (Median Sales price)
Starter (1-2 bedrooms) Mid-level (3-4 bedrooms) Executive (4+ bedrooms)
$277,000 $360,000 $411,111
Source: Trulia.com, August 2016

 

Rental Housing Cost (Median)
Single Family Homes Apartments / Townhomes
$1,635 (2-bedroom) $1,024 (1-bedroom)
$2,150 (3-bedroom) $1,285 (2-bedroom)
$2,300 (4-bedroom) $2,240 (3-bedroom)
Source: Trulia.com, August 2016


 

Public Education

Learn more about your community’s educational achievements at these school district sites.

K-12 Education
Public School District Enrollment Number of Schools
Benicia Unified
350 E. K St., Benicia, CA 94510
4,927 8
Dixon Unified
180 S. First St., Ste. 6, Dixon, CA 95620
3,406 7
Fairfield-Suisun Unified
2490 Hilborn Rd., Fairfield, CA 94534
21,574 29
River Delta Unified
445 Montezuma St., Rio Vista, CA 94571
2,299 12
Solano County Office of Education
5100 Business Center Dr., Fairfield, CA 94534
482 4
Solano County ROP
2460 Clay Bank Rd., Fairfield, CA 94533
n/a 1
Travis Unified
2751 De Ronde Dr., Fairfield, CA 94533
5,503 10
Vacaville Unified
401 Nut Tree Rd., Vacaville, CA 95687
12,459 16
Vallejo City Unified
665 Walnut Ave., Vallejo, CA 94592
15,080 26
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2015 Data; July 2016

Healthcare

Businesses located in Solano County have access to medical facilities that offer Occupational and Industrial Healthcare programs and services including worksite wellness education, pre-employment exams, industry-specific exams or screenings, drug screening, etc. With UC Davis operating a major medical training program and conducting cutting edge research on a variety of conditions, Solano residents are in good hands.

Healthcare Facilities
Name Location # of Beds Services / Specialties / Other Information

David Grant USAF Medical Center (DGMC)
Travis AFB
(707) 423-7300

Travis AFB 84-176 Medical training hospital serving current members of the Armed Services and TRICARE members. USAF’s largest medical facility on the West Coast.

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center
1 Quality Dr., Vacaville, CA
(707) 624-4000

Vacaville 140
  • Emergency
  • Urgent care

Kaiser Permanente Fairfield Medical Offices
1550 Gateway Blvd Fairfield, CA
(707) 427-4000

Fairfield n/a
  • Adult medicine
  • Advice nurse
  • Chronic conditions/case management
  • Disability claims
  • Health education
NorthBay Medical Center
1200 B. Gale Wilson Blvd. Fairfield, CA
(707) 646-5000

VacaValley Medical Center
1000 Nut Tree Road Vacaville, CA
(707) 624-7000
Fairfield Vacaville 132
50
  • Occupational Healthcare providers on staff, industrial medicine experience
  • Worksite Wellness Programs, Drug Screening, Exams, Certifications
  • 24-hour Emergency Department
  • STEMI Receiving Center
  • Level II Trauma Center
  • Accredited Chest Pain Center, PCI
  • Primary Stroke Center
  • Staff physicians / Hospitalists
  • Maternity Unit, private birthing suites
  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit
  • State-of-the-art Critical Care units
  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging
  • Surgical Services
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • North Bay Heart & Vascular Center
  • Cancer Center
Sutter Solano Medical Center
300 Hospital Dr. Vallejo, CA
(707) 554-4444
Vallejo 102
  • Occupational health services: injury assessment, industry-specific exam and screening, immunization,
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Family birth center
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA
(916) 734-2011
Sacramento 627 Nationally recognized academic medical center; conducts clinical research and trains medical professionals Specialty care in 150 fields, including:
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiology
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Transplant Center
Source: VacaValley Medical Center; Northbay Medical Center; Sutter Solano Medical Center; Kaiser Permanente, July 2016; UC Davis Medical Center; and http://www.travis.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/855991/david-grant-usaf-medical-center, January 2017.

Public Safety

Crime Rate
Jurisdiction Property Crime Rate per 1,000 Population Violent Crime Rate per 1,000 Population
City of Benicia 18.2 1.0
City of Dixon 23.6 2.8
City of Fairfield 30.5 4.3
City of Rio Vista 13.1 3.8
City of Suisun City 29.5 2.7
City of Vacaville 22.3 2.6
City of Vallejo 41.1 8.5
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting; 2015 Data; March 2017

Climate

Solano residents enjoy moderate temperatures through most of the year. The warmer summer days turn to cool evenings, thanks to the Delta Breeze, when cool marine air is funneled into inland areas.

Climate
City January 
Low / High*
July
Low/High*
Annual
Windspeed**
Annual
Precipitation*
Elevation** Relative
Humidity**
Benicia 36°F / 55°F 51°F / 89°F 14.38 mph 1.7 inches 39 feet 77.7%
Dixon 38°F / 54°F 57°F / 94°F 15.91 mph 1.67 inches 62 feet 78.0%
Fairfield 39°F / 55°F 58°F / 90°F 16.77 mph 2 inches 13 feet 76.77%
Rio Vista 39°F / 54°F 59°F / 92°F 15.07 mph 1.1 inches 20 feet 73.86%
Suisun City 39°F / 55°F 58°F / 90°F 15.66 mph 2.08 inches 7 feet 74.82%
Vacaville 39°F / 56°F 60°F / 96°F 16.99 mph 2.18 inches 174 feet 77.89%
Vallejo 36°F / 55°F 51°F / 89°F 16.06 mph 1.7 inches 69 feet 81.2%
Sources: (*) www.weather.com; (**) www.usa.com, July 2016

Arts & Culture

Young or old, active or observant, on the water or on land—whatever you enjoy doing in your leisure time, you can find in Solano County.

Arts & Culture
Venue Location / Phone
Arts Benicia 991 Tyler St, Benicia
(707) 747-0131
Benicia Old Town Theater Group 140 West J St, Benicia
(707) 746-1269
Benicia Plein Art Gallery 307 First St, Benicia
(707) 495-2940
Benicia Performing Arts Foundation 424 First St, Benicia
(707) 534-2277
Coal Shed Studios 153 Waterfront Ave, Vallejo
(707) 552-2293
Downtown Theatre 1035 Texas St, Fairfield
(707) 940-0700
Empress Theatre 330 Virginia St, Vallejo
(707) 552-2400
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation 328 Seawind Dr, Vallejo
(707) 557-1538
Missouri Street Theatre 1125 Missouri St, Ste 1000, Fairfield
(707) 422-1598
The Downtown Theater 1035 Texas St. Fairfield
(707) 940-0700
Theater of Arts Solano Community College 4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield
(707) 864-7000
Solano College Theatre 4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Suisun City
(707) 864-7199
USA World Classics Event Center 1525 Sonoma Blvd Vallejo
(707) 552-3400
Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre 1010 Ulatis Dr, Vacaville
(707) 469-4013
Vallejo Music Theatre 3467 Sonoma Blvd #10, Vallejo
(707) 649-2787
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum 734 Marin St, Vallejo
(707) 643-0077
Vallejo Symphony 714-A Marin St, Vallejo
(707) 643-4441

Sports and Recreation

Outdoor recreation and open space is a big draw for families and young professionals tired of living in cramped quarters in the larger Bay Area cities. Five of our cities are on waterways, which means boating and fishing are popular pastimes. Mountain biking and wine tasting are also popular. When your favorite team is playing in the Bay Area, they are just a short distance away.

Sports Venues and Organizations
Professional Sports Venue / Distance (from Fairfield, county seat)
Golden State Warriors – NBA Basketball team Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA – 47 miles
Oakland Athletics – MLB Baseball team Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA – 47 miles
Oakland Raiders – NFL Football team Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA – 47 miles
San Francisco Giants – MLB Baseball team AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA – 46 miles
San Francisco 49ers – NFL Football team Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA – 74 miles
San Jose Sharks – NHL Hockey team SAP Center, San Jose, CA – 80 miles
San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Soccer team Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA – 76 miles
Santa Cruz Warriors – NBA D-League team Kaiser Permanente Arena, Santa Cruz – 106 mi.
Local Recreational Sports
City of Benicia Parks & Community Services
250 E L St, Benicia, CA
(707) 746-4285
Adult Sports Softball Volleyball Basketball Pickleball Tennis Badminton (All ages) Youth Sports Basketball Volleyball Tennis Soccer Summer Camps
City of Dixon Parks & Recreation
600 East A St., Dixon, CA
(707) 678-7000
Adult Activities Exercise to Music Lap Swim Tennis Lessons Adult Softball Drop-In Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Youth Sports Basketball Just4Kicks Soccer Tennis
City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation
1000 Webster Street, Fairfield, CA
(707) 428-7465
Adult Sports Softball Volleyball Martial Arts Yoga Aquatic Fitness Youth Sports Basketball T-Ball Dance Martial Arts Water Polo Soccer Tennis
City of Rio Vista Parks Department
1 Main St, Rio Vista, CA
(707) 374-6451 ext. 1116
Arts & Crafts Swimming Lunch & Learn First Aid Performing Arts Life Skills Glee Club Fishing Dance Cooking
City of Suisun Parks & Community Services
611 Village Drive, Suisun City, CA
(707) 421-7200
Instructional classes Field sports Basketball Softball Dance Line dancing Tai Chi Martial arts Preschool Seniors programs
City of Vacaville Parks & Recreation
40 Eldridge Ave, Ste 13, Vacaville, CA
(707) 449-5658
Adults Sports Basketball Flag Football Softball Volleyball Youth Sports Baseball Basketball Football Tiny Tots Volleyball
Greater Vallejo Recreation District
395 Amador St., Vallejo, CA
(707) 648-4600
Adults Sports Basketball Slow Pitch Softball Youth Sports Soccer Volleyball Cheerleading Basketball Flag Football Tennis T-Ball Baseball
Recreational Facilities Description
City of Benicia Parks & Community Services
(707) 746-4285
3 Parks Aquatics Community Center Senior Center Marina Clock Tower City Gym Boat launch
City of Dixon Parks & Recreation (707) 678-7000 6 Parks Aquatics Center Senior Center Dog park
City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation (707) 428-7465 4 Parks Aquatics Center Adult Recreation Center Community Center Neighborhood Center Sports Center Nature Park Education Center
City of Rio Vista Parks Department
(707) 374-6451 ext. 1116
7 Parks Baseball Fields Skate Park Basketball Courts Pool Soccer fields
City of Suisun Parks & Community Services
(707) 421-7200
9 Parks Community Center Baseball Fields Senior Center Marina, Boat Launch Sports Complex
City of Vacaville Parks & Recreation
(707) 449-5658
28 Parks Soccer Fields Baseball Fields Softball Fields Pool Community Center Senior Center Aquatics Center
Greater Vallejo Recreation District
(707) 648-4600
35 Parks Soccer Fields Volleyball Courts Basketball Courts Softball Fields Pool Community Centers Softball Fields Soccer Fields
Source: Google search; Coal Shed Studios; Downtown Theatre; Empress Theatre; Mare Island Historic Park Foundation; Missouri Street Theatre; USA World Classics Event Center; Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre; Vallejo Music Theatre; Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum; Vallejo Symphony; Golden State Warriors; Oakland Athletics; Oakland Raiders; San Francisco 49ers; San Francisco Giants; San Jose Sharks; San Jose Earthquakes; Santa Cruz Warriors; City of Benicia Parks & Community Services; City of Dixon Parks & Recreation; City of Fairfield Parks & Recreation; City of Rio Vista Parks Department; City of Suisun Parks & Community Services; City of Vacaville Parks & Recreation; Greater Vallejo Recreation District, August 2016