Introduction to Benicia, California

Benicia, California, in Solano county, is 6 miles SE of Vallejo, California (center to center) and 18 miles N of Oakland, California.Part of the surrounding Vallejo - Fairfield - Napa metro area, the city is not an isolated city. 

Benicia History

Benicia was established on May 19, 1847 by Robert Semple, Thomas O. Larkin, and Comandante General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. It was founded on the land sold to them by General Vallejo and was named after the General's wife, Francisca Benicia Carillo de Vallejo. Two major developments in the early 1960s - the closing of the Benicia Arsenal in 1960-64 and the completion of the Benicia-Martinez Bridge in 1962 completely changed Benicia. The population of Benicia grew steadily at a rate of about 1,000 people per year between 1970 and 1995 and slowly the city transformed from a poor town to a suburb.

Benicia and nearby Attractions

  • Glass Beach
  • Benicia Historical Museum
  • Blue Rock Springs Golf Course
  • Benicia Fire Museum
  • Benicia Parks
  • Benicia Peddler's Fair

Things To Do In Benicia

There are many interesting things to do in the city. The Farmers' market is held on Thursday evenings during the summer months. There is a large community picnic held on 4th July at Benicia's City Park every year. Sailing is a popular activity in Benicia and there is an active sailing community in the city. The community organizes several events and competitions. A yacht racing competition, sponsored by the Benicia Yacht Club is held during the summer months every year.

Benicia Transportation

The nearest airport that serves the city is Metropolitan Oakland INTL.

Benicia Higher Education

The city is served by Diablo Valley College.


Total Population 27,657
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 13,107
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 52%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.3%
Median Earnings25+ $55,576
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,728
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,418


Median Family Income $111,446
% Above Poverty Level 94.6%
% Below Poverty Level 5.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.9%


People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,372
Median House Value $448,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.1%
US/American 0.3%
English 11.3%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Benicia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SE of Vallejo, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles N of Oakland, California
County Solano
Standard Zip Codes 94510
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.049
Longitude -122.157

Benicia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 87 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 19.5 inches
Distance 15.8 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 55 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 56 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 23.4 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 23.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Concord 126,268 $79,566
Hercules 24,838 $113,658
Martinez 37,300 $101,447
Pinole 18,922 $79,129
Pleasant Hill 34,155 $109,381
Vallejo 118,995 $65,160

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Benicia Public Libraries

Benicia Public Library
150 E. L ST.
Benicia, California
(707) 746-4343

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Benicia High Schools

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Serves 1,782 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

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Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 31.5

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