Welcome to Solano County
Solano County occupies a unique spot in the Bay Area counties. It bridges the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley, presiding over the junction of Suisun Bay and the Sacramento Delta. The county provides residents with the best of both worlds, opening up all of the recreational options the Delta offers, as well as the amenities, employment, and recreational opportunities in the greater Bay Area.
Solano County is growing quickly. It has more room for growth than the other counties. Residents are drawn to ample, affordable housing. The people who live here enjoy a vibrant county with warm weather, rolling hills, and the bounty that comes with the climate. Seasonal farmer’s markets sell local produce. The dining scene is becoming more ethnic and sophisticated, as locals want more variety. The county offers a wonderful blend of old and new. Rio Vista maintains the slower vibe of a river town. Benicia creates a sense of history, with its Victorian architecture, and brief former role as the capitol of the state. Suisun has a redeveloped waterfront with a public marina and promenade. Meanwhile, rapidly growing areas such as Vacaville and Fairfield create new opportunities and traditions.
Locals have the option of commuting to other Bay Area centers of industry and office parks, or they can take advantage of local industries. Agriculture is a main industry here, with more than 80 different crops and animals grown and raised. The county is one of the leading producers in the state for Sudan grass hay, sheep, and lamb.
The lay of the land
Solano County sits to the east of Napa County across Suisun Bay from Contra Costa County. It is also bordered by Yolo, Sacramento, and Contra Costa Counties.
The county covers 909 square miles and is the third largest Bay Area County with the third smallest population, with 431,131 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate). Fairfield is the county seat. Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County, while Rio Vista is the smallest.
Solano County has a network of smaller highways and major freeways running through it (80, 680, 12, and 160). Public Transportation options include SolTrans and FAST Transit buses. Vallejo does have a ferry line connecting it to the San Francisco Ferry Building.
The Solano County Office of Education oversees seven school districts serving 68,000 students in 100 schools. A variety of private Catholic, parochial, and independent schools also serve the area.
For higher education, Solano Community College has four campuses: Fairfield, Travis Air Force Base, Vallejo, and Vacaville. The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo has a long history in the area and was the first maritime school in the West. It is now part of the state school system, filling a special niche within the system.
The county has several museums that reflect a community once dominated by the Navy and the Air Force as well as Vallejo and Benicia’s roles in the early days of the gold rush. The Travis Air Museum, Benicia Historical Museum, and Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum give history buffs a chance to glimpse what life was like in a different time.
Other museums worth visiting include the Western Railway Museum between Rio Vista and Suisun City, which highlights the history of the railways in the west and offers rides in restored trains and streetcars, and the Rio Vista Museum, which looks at the history of life on the Sacramento River halfway between the Capitol and San Francisco.
Mare Island was once a bustling shipyard, which served the needs of the U.S. Navy for 142 years before closing in 1996. The island is in a transitional phase, with development possibilities being discussed while restoration efforts are currently underway.
More than 25 spots are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Solano County, including Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Other places of note include the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park in Benicia, the Bird and Dinkelspiel Store in Birds Landing, Vallejo City Hall in Vallejo, and the USCGC Storis, a light icebreaker and cutter that served in the Coast Guard for more than 60 years.
Shiloh Wind Power Plant in the Montezuma Hills captures the winds that come off the bay and head toward the Delta, some of the strongest in the area.
For creative and performing arts Solano has a thriving art scene represented by several local theatres. The Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre is the largest in the area, followed by the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. Performers include the Vallejo Symphony, Vallejo Musical Theatre, and Solano Winds Community Concert Band. Pepperbelly’s Comedy & Variety Theatre in Fairfield is another option.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a theme park in Vallejo. It has roller coasters, water rides, and animal attractions, and is a popular destination for families.
The Jelly Belly Factory in Vacaville is a working factory that’s open to the public, giving tours and selling jelly beans, including the popular “belly flops” by the bag.
The great outdoors
San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Grizzly Island Wildlife Area have opportunities for bird watching and investigating marsh, mudflats and wetlands.
Benicia State Recreation area looks out at the water facing south, and is an ideal spot for bicycling, running, and walking.
Lynch Canyon Open Space is a joint operation between the county and the Solano Land Trust, and has hiking trails and picnic spots among the hilly grasslands.
Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista is a camping and boating park along the shore of the Sacramento, and offers nice views for a picnic.
Lake Solano Park is in the northernmost part of the county, and is a nice spot for camping, kayaking, and fly fishing. It sits east of Putah Creek State Wildlife Area and Lake Berryessa.
Cities Located in Solano County
- American Canyon
- Birds Landing
- Rio Vista
- Suisun City
- Walnut Grove
$299,9002 beds, 2 full baths1,163 sqft lot 1,742 sqftWalk Score® 65Listing provided by Jared Labarga, RE/MAX GoldMLS 21703516
$299,0003 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths1,031 sqft lot 7,405 sqftWalk Score® 24Listing provided by Laura Sanchez, Heritage Sothebys International RealtyMLS 21703495
4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths2,367 sqft lot 10,507 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Diane Shafer, Shafer Real EstateMLS 21703508
$299,0003 beds, 1 full bath1,008 sqft lot 2,321 sqftWalk Score® 69Listing provided by Andrew Urban, Coldwell Banker Solano PacificMLS 21627005
$359,9904 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,820 sqft lot 6,098 sqftWalk Score® 25Listing provided by Ty Leon-Guerrero, Team 1 RealtyMLS 21703492
$482,5005 beds, 3 full baths2,310 sqft lot 3,382 sqftWalk Score® 12Listing provided by Hendrik Lesterhuis, Discovery Realty, Inc.MLS 21702989
$370,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,487 sqft lot 8,276 sqftWalk Score® 64Listing provided by Cecile McNaughton, Greater Solano Real Estate ServicesMLS 21627128
$428,0004 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,201 sqft lot 3,049 sqftWalk Score® 15Listing provided by Kerry Godwin, Century 21 M&M and AssociatesMLS 21703460
$463,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,998 sqft lot 5,763 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Louie LeLaurin, RE/MAX AccordMLS 21700466
$425,0005 beds, 3 full baths2,090 sqft lot 6,782 sqftWalk Score® 12Listing provided by Christopher Luna, J. Rockcliff Realtors Inc.MLS 21703382
$530,0005 beds, 3 full baths2,455 sqft lot 7,205 sqftWalk Score® 17Listing provided by Amandeep Nahal, Century 21 M&M and AssociatesMLS 21703468
$344,9503 beds, 2 full baths1,389 sqft lot 6,970 sqftWalk Score® 34Listing provided by ERICA MARR, COMMUNITY REALTY & INVESTMENTSMLS 21703457
$325,0003 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,308 sqft lot 5,663 sqftWalk Score® 35Listing provided by Alexanderia Cabillo, RE/MAX GoldMLS 21703455
$419,9003 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths1,765 sqft lot 6,970 sqftWalk Score® 51Listing provided by Deanna Dudley, RE/MAX GoldMLS 21703233
$288,0002 beds, 1 full bath988 sqft lot 2,800 sqftWalk Score® 63Listing provided by Jing Jiang, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate J.F. FinneganMLS 21627495
$397,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,571 sqft lot 8,586 sqftWalk Score® 42Listing provided by Shirley Barklow, Century 21 M&M and AssociatesMLS 21702618
$249,9994 beds, 2 full baths1,312 sqft lot 5,227 sqftWalk Score® 56Listing provided by Dannice Fuller, Alliance Bay RealtyMLS 21703362
$236,9002 beds, 1 full bath1,128 sqft lot 6,360 sqftWalk Score® 50Listing provided by Danny Norway, Scuderia RealtyMLS 21703415
$544,5004 beds, 3 full baths2,775 sqft lot 12,284 sqftWalk Score® 30Listing provided by Michelle Panizza, Kendrick Realty, Inc.MLS 21703414
$525,000Open House3 beds, 3 full baths2,174 sqft lot 8,891 sqftWalk Score® 22Listing provided by Elizabeth Fry, Intero Real Estate ServicesMLS 21626108
$415,000Open House4 beds, 3 full baths2,003 sqft lot 2,705 sqftWalk Score® 3Listing provided by Jacqueline Plata, Plata Realty Group, IncMLS 21703408
$529,9004 beds, 3 full baths2,469 sqft lot 4,500 sqftWalk Score® 5Listing provided by Rusty Simmons, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway RealtyMLS 21703320
$410,0004 beds, 2 full baths1,906 sqft lot 7,841 sqftWalk Score® 60Listing provided by Janice Jackson, 1st Realty & Investment Inc.MLS 21703386
$315,0002 beds, 2 full baths1,439 sqft lot 4,269 sqftWalk Score® 0Listing provided by Ralene Nelson, Century 21 M&M and AssociatesMLS 21703102
$345,0004 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths2,075 sqft lot 1,734 sqftWalk Score® 64Listing provided by Philip Williams, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway RealtyMLS 21703379
$788,000Open House4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths3,611 sqft lot 12,240 sqftWalk Score® 10Listing provided by Mariam Khugiani, Country Estates, IncMLS 21700201
$239,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,296 sqft lot 5,663 sqftWalk Score® 43Listing provided by Ric Cheng, RE/MAX GoldMLS 21703368
Open House3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths1,786 sqft lot 5,288 sqftWalk Score® 35Listing provided by Mary Ann McVicar, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway RealtyMLS 21703358
$265,0002 beds, 1 full bath772 sqft lot 3,746 sqftWalk Score® 68Listing provided by Renee' Martin, All State Home LoansMLS 21615267
$365,0003 beds, 2 full baths1,143 sqft lot 6,098 sqftWalk Score® 35Listing provided by Cecilia Ganzon, Triumph Realty Group, Inc.MLS 21703261
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