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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population27,780
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens16.3%
Employed Population 16+13,289
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married53.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher42.4%
Median Earnings25+$57,054
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,867
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,553

Wealth

Median Family Income$113,218
% Above Poverty Level92.9%
% Below Poverty Level7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.6%

Housing

People Living Alone24.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,429
Median House Value$475,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.5%
Irish13.3%
English11.6%
Italian7.1%
French Except Basque4%
Polish2.7%
Dutch2.3%
Swedish2.1%
Norwegian1.9%
Portuguese1.9%
Scottish1.8%
Russian1.3%
African1.3%
Hungarian0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Romanian0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Greek0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Arab0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Basque0.1%
German0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Benicia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Solano County
Standard Zip Codes94510
Phone Area Codes707
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.11
Approximate Longitude-122.13

Benicia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMARTINEZ WATER PLANT
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 87 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip19.5 inches
StationFAIRFIELD
Distance15.8 miles
Jan Temp38 to 55 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp56 to 89 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip23.4 inches
StationMOUNT DIABLO JUNCTION
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp39 to 56 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip23.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Concord126,938$82,407
Hercules25,011$114,521
Martinez37,544$106,903
Pinole19,040$82,485
Pleasant Hill34,395$113,302
Vallejo119,644$65,494

Benicia Public Libraries

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

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Benicia Public Schools

Benicia High
1101 Military W.
ZIP: 94510
High
Total Enrollment 1677
Benicia Middle
1100 S.ampton Rd.
ZIP: 94510
Middle
Total Enrollment 1179
Community Day
426 E. K St.
ZIP: 94510
High
Total Enrollment 10
Joe Henderson Elementary
650 Hastings Dr.
ZIP: 94510
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
Liberty High
351 E. J St.
ZIP: 94510
High
Total Enrollment 68
Mary Farmar Elementary
901 Military W.
ZIP: 94510
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Matthew Turner Elementary
540 Rose Dr.
ZIP: 94510
Primary
Total Enrollment 524
Robert Semple Elementary
2015 E. Third St.
ZIP: 94510
Primary
Total Enrollment 439

Benicia Private Schools

Kindercare Learning Centers-benicia
1101 Rose Dr
ZIP: 94510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
St Dominic Elementary School
935 E 5th St
ZIP: 94510
Elementary
Total Enrollment 320
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