Travis AFB Community
In Solano County
The area known also as Solano County is really a series of residential communities strung along Interstate 80 as it heads east from the San Francisco Bay Area. The string starts with Vallejo (once a gritty port and navy town), which has transformed as a result of Bay Area crowding and high home prices into a fairly desirable commuter community. East across a narrow range of mountains, the land flattens again into the towns of Suisun City and the larger Fairfield and Vacaville.
Proximity to the Bay Area and geographic barriers (mountains and marshes) have restricted building somewhat, driving home prices in the county upward. Most homes are modern California style — large houses with small lots in tracts surrounded by high sound walls. Schools, health care, shopping and other facilities are new and modern. Entertainment and arts venues in the immediate area are modest, but the area has good access to San Francisco and to the college town of Davis to the east.
In 2015, approximately 436,000 people called Solano County home, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Population density in Solano County was 503 people per square mile, the Census found.
Travis Air Force Base is more than 14,500 people strong. Additionally, nearly 35,000 veterans live in the area. With the higher cost of living in the county, many active-duty personnel choose to live in base housing.
The county’s communities give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home, although the price might be higher than anticipated. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The California Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services. Visit http://www.car.org to find expertise and professional services for those interested in purchasing a new home.
Solano County, one of the original counties of California, is close to 822 square miles situated in the middle of San Francisco and Sacramento. The county is home to rolling hillsides, waterfronts and fertile farmland. County residents can enjoy day trips to the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe region and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Thanks to a mild climate, plenty of open space, proximity to lakes, rivers and mountains, residents can enjoy year-round outdoor recreational activities like fishing, boating, skiing, hiking and biking.
The area is a growing community that reaps the benefits of its ideal location for those who live and work here. The blend of agriculture, corporate business and pleasant lifestyle enhance the attraction of Solano County. The county limits residential and commercial development outside of cities, thus preserving approximately 80 percent of the land for open space or agricultural uses.
Elevation across the county ranges from 90 feet in Vacaville to 2,822 feet at Mount Vaca. Yolo County lies to the north, Sacramento County to the east, Contra Costa County to the south and Sonoma and Napa counties to the west. For more information, check out the Solano County website at www.solanocounty.com.
Communities in Solano County near Travis Air Force Base include Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo.
600 E. A St.
Dixon, CA 95620 707-678-7000
Dixon sits 17 miles northeast of Travis Force Base, closer to Davis and Sacramento than Vallejo and San Francisco. The city’s 7 square miles are home to more than 19,000 residents.
Originally, the city was named Dicksonville after Thomas Dickson who donated 10 acres of his land for the construction of a railroad depot following the completion of the tracks and subsequent relocation of Silveyville to the now-Dixon area. However, when the first rail shipment of merchandise arrived from San Francisco in 1872, it was mistakenly addressed to Dixon — a name that has been used since, mainly out of simplicity.
Agriculture has long been an important industry in the city. Its claim to fame was once being referred to as the Dairy City in the early 1900s. More recently, Dixon residents Matt and Mark Cooley, owners of Cool Patch Pumpkins, earned the Guinness World Record for “largest maze, temporary corn/crop maze” with a 40.489-acre maze. Cool Patch Pumpkins broke its own record again and now holds the record by growing a 60-acre maze.
About one-third of residents in the city are renters. The median age of homes in the area is 27 years, meaning the neighborhoods are well-established, although brand-new housing developments exist. Median rent is $1,175, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,865. The median household income in 2010-2014 was $66,818. Mean travel time to work for those living in Dixon is 23.3 minutes.
1000 Webster St.
Fairfield, CA 94533 707-428-7400
Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Solano County. It is generally considered the midpoint between San Francisco and Sacramento, approximately 40 miles from the city center of both cities. It is also approximately 31 miles from the city center of Oakland and less than 19 miles from Napa Valley. Fairfield was founded in 1856 by clippership captain Robert H. Waterman and named after his former hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. Formally incorporated in 1903, it is a thriving community where healthy families and strong businesses can flourish. Fairfield has a diversified economy, with government, manufacturing, health care, retail, professional and commercial construction sectors. Anheuser-Busch operates a large regional Budweiser brewery, Clorox produces bleach products and the Jelly Belly Candy Company confects its specialty jelly beans in Fairfield.
In 1942, the United States Air Force decided to build a major base installation on a tract of land to the east of Fairfield, giving a tremendous boost to the local economy. The city’s location, natural amenities and abundant land sites are some of the attributes that make Fairfield a great place to live. The city and surrounding areas remain one of the most desirable urban growth centers in the Bay Area, even in trying economic times.
This residential community is 37.39 square miles with a population of 112,970. Mean travel time to work for those who reside in Fairfield is 29.2 minutes. Median rent in the city is $1,304, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,125. The median household income in 2010-2014 was $66,190.
701 Civic Center Blvd.
Suisun City, CA 94585 707-421-7300
Suisun City takes its name from the adjacent Suisun Bay, which in turn is named for the Suisunes, an indigenous tribe of the area. The city is small, with about 29,500 residents in its 4.11 square miles. The city is adjacent to Suisun Marsh, at 84,000 acres of land, bays and sloughs, one of the largest estuarine marshes in the western United States.
Established in the 1850s as a focal point of commerce and transportation during
California’s Gold Rush, Suisun City has not forgotten its roots. The community gathers regularly for civic events in Old Town, which has several public spaces, promenades and an historic shopping district centered on the waterfront. City Hall sits on the waterfront’s eastern side, providing a familiar local landmark.
The city is home to Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, Lambrecht Sports Complex, Suisun City Marina and the Western Railway Museum.
Mean travel time to work for residents of Suisun City is 32.7 minutes. At $71,306, the median household income in 2010-2014 was higher here than Solano County as a whole. Median rent is $1,506, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,854.
650 Merchant St.
Vacaville, CA 95688 707-449-5100
Situated in the middle of Solano County off Interstate 80, Vacaville is about 55 miles from San Francisco and 35 miles from Sacramento. Travis Air Force Base is roughly 7 miles south of the city, and Yolo and Napa counties are found north and northwest, respectively. With Vacaville’s central location, residents can take a day trip to beaches, Lake Tahoe and the Napa wine country. However, they need not look further than Vacaville for a wide range of arts and entertainment opportunities.
When William McDaniel purchased land from Manuel Vaca, he agreed that a 1-square-mile area would be used to create a township. The land was recorded Dec. 13, 1851, and the township was called Vacaville. The city was a Pony Express stop and was home to many large produce companies and local farms which flourished due to the valley’s rich soil. Vacaville incorporated in 1892 with a population of 725, a stark difference from the 96,083 who called the city’s 28.37 square miles home in 2015.
Today, Vacaville is a vibrant community in one of the fastest growing areas of the nation and has become home to some of the largest and most successful life-science companies in the world, including Genentech, Alza and Chiron. Its location makes it one of California’s most attractive family communities.
Affordable housing options, quality schools, a wide array of youth activities and numerous community events contribute to making Vacaville a family-oriented city. Median rent is $1,390 and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $2,004. Mean travel time to work in Vacaville is 25.7 minutes.
555 Santa Clara St.
Vallejo, CA 94590 707-648-4527
The city of Vallejo’s story is connected to Gen. Mariano G. Vallejo’s envisioning the promise of the area in 1844. Named after him and twice serving as the site of the state capital in the 1850s, Vallejo grew into an important shipping and naval center.
Established in 1854, Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the West Coast’s first shipyard. Closed in 1996, Mare Island now stands poised to become an industrial, commercial and residential centerpiece for the city into the next millennium.
Waterfront and Mare Island redevelopment have become a community effort, with input from residents helping shape the future of what could become the most important economic generator of the city. In addition, the city’s Ferry Terminal and ferry service have served as a model for the rest of the Bay Area, helping make Vallejo a transportation and commuter hub for the North Bay.
Vallejo boasts a wealth of culture, attractions and events from the popular theme park Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, to museums, parks, music venues, art galleries and theatres, to the bustle of our historic downtown with its waterfront, shopping, nightlife and restaurants. All of this and more are what help make Vallejo the vibrant community it is today.
A strong economy and affordable housing has meant new prosperity for Vallejo, as new businesses and residents come to the city. Some are attracted by the beautifully restored Victorian homes and business fronts; others by the newer homes in the Northgate and Hiddenbrooke developments.
In Vallejo’s 30.67 square miles about 121,253 people reside, making it the largest city (in population) in Solano County. Median rent in Vallejo is $1,208, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,917. Mean travel time to work 32.8 minutes.