Introduction to Vacaville, California

Vacaville is a city located in Solano County, California, between Sacramento (33 miles to the northeast) and San Francisco (53 miles to the southwest). It is linked to both cities via Interstate Highway 80. The City was founded in 1852 by William McDaniel and was named after Juan Manuel Vaca, one of its earliest settlers. Incorporated in 1892, Vacaville has transformed itself over the years from a small agricultural community to a robust and progressive city which still retains a small town flavor due to the level of community involvement by its residents.

Rich in fertile farmland, the city was at one time a Pony Express stop and was home to many large farms and produce companies. Modern-day Vacaville is best known for its retail shopping, and also for its numerous community events throughout the year, including the annual Fiesta Days and Fourth of July celebrations, its 'Tribute to Seniors,' and free summer concerts at the downtown Creekwalk. Other nearby cities include Napa, Fairfield, Winters, Dixon and Suisun City.

Arts, Culture and Entertainment in the Vacaville Area

Vacaville's central location affords residents and visitors the opportunity to sample nearby beaches, Lake Tahoe and the Napa wine country. However, Vacaville itself offers a wide range of arts and entertainment options, including the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater, Lagoon Valley Park (fishing, hiking, and sailing), the Creekwalk (located downtown), the Vacaville Art Gallery, the Solano Arts Gallery, the Vacaville Museum and the Solano Community Symphony.

Attractions in San Francisco and/or Sacramento are less than an hour's drive away. Some of the more popular are:

    • San Francisco area attractions:
      • Chinatown.
      • Alcatraz.
      • Cable Car Museum.
      • Golden Gate Bridge.
      • Fisherman's Wharf.
      • San Francisco Zoo.
      • Ghirardelli Square.
      • Ferry Building Marketplace.
    • Sacramento attractions:
      • California State Capitol.
      • Sacramento Zoo.
      • Sacramento Convention Center.
      • Crocker Art Museum.
      • Old Sacramento.
      • Discovery Museum.
      • California State Railroad Museum.

Sports fans have a choice too, as there are many professional teams located in both the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas. Among these are the following:

      • Baseball:
        • Major League Baseball (MLB): Oakland Athletics (American League).
        • Major League Baseball (MLB): San Francisco Giants (National League).
        • Minor League Baseball (MiLB): Sacramento River Cats (AAA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics).
        • Minor League Baseball (MiLB): San Jose Giants (Single-A affiliate of the SF Giants).
      • Football:
        • National Football League (NFL): San Francisco 49'ers.
        • National Football League (NFL): Oakland Raiders.
        • Arena Football League (AFL): San Jose SaberCats.
      • Basketball:
        • Golden State Warriors (NBA).
        • Sacramento Kings (NBA).
        • Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA).
      • Hockey:
        • San Jose Sharks (NHL).
      • Soccer:
        • San Jose Earthquakes (MLS).
        • Sacramento Knights (World Indoor Soccer League).
      • Lacrosse:
        • San Francisco Dragons (MLL).

As an interesting side note, Vacaville was the former home of the Solano Steelheads of the now-defunct Western Baseball League.


Total Population 94,795
Male Share of the Population 52.4%
Female Share of the Population 47.6%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 40,879
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.2%
Median Earnings25+ $45,143
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,205
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,450


Median Family Income $85,441
% Above Poverty Level 89.3%
% Below Poverty Level 10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $1,382
Median House Value $291,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 8%

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

Vacaville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 30 miles SW of Sacramento, California
County Solano
Standard Zip Codes 95687, 95688
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95696
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.356
Longitude -121.986

Vacaville 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 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 59 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 81 F
Annual Precip 24.5 inches
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 58 to 96 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 24.6 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 56 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 79 F
Annual Precip 19 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Vacaville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Allendale (95688)

Nut Tree (95696)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dixon 18,908 $75,162
Fairfield 109,468 $75,977
Napa 79,113 $76,108
Suisun City 28,867 $73,027
Winters 6,927 $66,474
Yountville 2,985 $96,500

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

Vacaville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(707) 446-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

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Serves 301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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Serves 266 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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Serves 180 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

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Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

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