County Facts & Figures






Location & Incorporation


Located approximately 45 miles northeast of San Francisco and 45 miles southwest of Sacramento, the County is bordered by Napa, Yolo, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties.

The county covers 909.4 square miles, including 84.2 square miles of water area and 675.4 square miles of rural land area

Solano County was formed in 1850.

 
Cities  Incorporated Year 
Benicia         1850 and again in 1851
Vallejo 1868
Suisun City 1868
Dixon 1878
Vacaville 1892
Rio Vista 1893
Fairfield             1903
 

Government

 

The County serves seven jurisdictions – Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo – in addition to the unincorporated areas.

The City of Fairfield is the County Seat.  Two of the county's seven cities, Benicia and Vallejo, served as the State's Capital in the early 1850s.

The County has a general law form of government. Its five-member Board of Supervisors (the "Board") is elected by district for four-year terms of office.

 

Agriculture

 

Agriculture is diversified with over 80 different commodities including fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains, seed, nursery stock and live stock.

The gross value of agricultural production was $291.7 million in 2011, an increase of nearly 12 percent from 2010, according to the Solano County Crop and Livestock Report 2011.


Statewide, Solano County ranked 27th out of 58 counties in agricultural production.  The county ranked No. 2 among California counties in the production of Sudan grass hay and No. 3 in the production of sheeps and lamb.

 

Parks & Recreation

 

Solano County has a variety of parks to enjoy the outdoor amenities.   The County maintains the 177 acres of Lake Solano Park in northern Solano County, 36 acres of Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista, and 10 acres of Belden’s Landing Water Access Facility located southeast of Suisun.  In partnership with the Solano Land Trust, the County operates the 1,039 acres of agricultural land and open space at Lynch Canyon Open Space.

 

Other Info 

  • County-owned Bridges: 92
  • County Population (January 2012): 413,786
    • Benicia: 26,919
    • Dixon: 18,282
    • Fairfield: 106,379
    • Rio Vista: 7,418
    • Suisun City: 27,978
    • Vacaville: 92,092
    • Vallejo: 115,928
    • Unincorporated Solano: 18,790
  • County’s Population Ranking in California (January 2012): 21 of 58 counties
  • County Sales Tax Rate: 7.625%
  • Average Wage per Job (2009 Preliminary): $47,372
  • Median Household Income (2009): $65,079
  • Median Age (2010): 36.9
  • General Fertility Rate (2008): 66.1 live births per 1,000 females age 15 to 44
  • Age Adjusted All Cause Mortality Rate (2006-08): 725 per 100,000 population
  • Median Price of Existing Homes (June 2010): $210,000
  • Total Assessed Valuations (2011): $39.1 billion
  • Miles of streets, roads and highways: 1,900
  • County-maintained mileage: 585.5 miles
  • Total vehicle registrations: 371,534

    County Administrator's Office
    675 Texas Street, Suite 6500
    Fairfield, CA 94533
    (707) 784-6100
    cao-clerk@solanocounty.com