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Overview

Introduction to Fairfield, California

Fairfield is the seat of Solano County. The city is located in the northern part of the state. It is about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco where it straddles Interstate 80.

Travis Air Force Base has been located here since 1942. An Anheuser-Busch brewery is located here as well. The brewery offers tours from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Tuesday through Saturday all year round. Tours are also provided on Monday during the summer from June through August.

Fairfield History

The history of Fairfield stretches back five to six thousand years. That is the age of artifacts of native people which have been excavated here. The first European contact came in 1810 when the Spanish army was ordered to attack the Suisin Indians. In 1835 the Mexican General Vallejo was so magnanimous in victory over the Indian Chief Sem Yeto that the chief later became his ally in conflicts against other tribes. In 1837 the Indian Chief Solano received a land grant from Mexico named Suisun Rancho. This grant eventually came into the hands of a clipper ship captain from Connecticut named Robert H. Waterman. He not only parceled out the town in 1856 but also, in a commercially shrewd move, arranged to have the county seat moved here in 1858 from Benicia. As an inducement he granted sixteen acres of land for the construction of county buildings. In 1903 Fairfield was incorporated as a city.

Fairfield Arts, Culture and Entertainment

This is a community which strives to enhance quality of life, especially that of young people. Organizations which are credited with this substantially volunteer effort are The Fairfield Youth Commission, the Community Services Department, partnerships with the private sector and The Community Services Foundation. Their accomplishments include:

  • The Place To Be Aft Rotary Skate Park.
  • Dances for teenagers.
  • The Assist-A-Grad Scholarships.
  • Recreational scholarships for low-income youth.

Culture is not ignored in the community's commitment to quality of life. The Fairfield Center for Creative Arts houses, sponsors or hosts the following:

  • The Performing Arts Series, featuring mainly musical soloists and groups, some internationally known, and many famous in the world of pop culture.
  • A series of events for children.
  • The Fairfield Center Gallery.
  • A Father/Daughter Dance.
  • The Veterans Day Parade.

Fairfield is the home of two prime public golf courses, Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano. Other outdoor recreational locations include:

  • Two "pocket parks", which are small, quiet and green spaces suitable for peaceful outings with children.
  • At least 20 neighborhood parks within walking distance of most homes, which contain playground equipment, benches, picnic amenities and some sports courts.
  • Four community parks containing areas for baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, horseshoes, roller sports, picnic facilities and restrooms
  • Four open spaces (two are open to the public) for hiking and wildlife viewing, comprising hundreds of acres.

People

Total Population 109,468
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 11.3%
Employed Population 16+ 47,706
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 49.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.1%
Median Earnings25+ $40,627
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,162
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,190

Wealth

Median Family Income $75,977
% Above Poverty Level 86.8%
% Below Poverty Level 13.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,312
Median House Value $279,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 5.5%

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

Fairfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 33 miles NE of Oakland, California
County Solano
Standard Zip Codes 94533, 94534, 94535, 94558, 94585
Phone Area Codes 707
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.249
Longitude -122.038

Fairfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FAIRFIELD
Distance 1.9 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
Station VACAVILLE
Distance 11.1 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
Station NAPA STATE HOSPITAL
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 57 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 26.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
American Canyon 20,271 $85,685
Benicia 27,657 $111,446
Napa 79,113 $76,108
Suisun City 28,867 $73,027
Vacaville 94,795 $85,441
Vallejo 118,995 $65,160

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

Fairfield Public Libraries

Library
Solano County Library
1150 KENTUCKY ST.
Fairfield, California
(707) 421-6510

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Fairfield Hospitals

NORTHBAY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1200 B GALE WILSON BLVD
(707) 429-3600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fairfield High Schools

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FAIRFIELD HIGH
205 E. ATLANTIC AVE.
707-422-8672
Serves 2,448 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.3

ARMIJO HIGH
824 WASHINGTON ST.
707-422-7500
Serves 2,291 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

ANGELO RODRIGUEZ HIGH
5000 RED TOP ROAD
707-863-7950
Serves 1,881 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.3

VANDEN HIGH
2951 MARKLEY LANE
707-437-8270
Serves 1,341 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

SEM YETO CONTINUATION HIGH
422 TAYLOR ST.
707-421-4271
A Non-traditional School
Serves 298 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

MARY BIRD SCHOOL
420 E. TABOR AVE.
707-421-4200
A Non-traditional School
Serves 113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

SOLANO JUVENILE HALL
2000 WEST TEXAS STREET
707-721-6568
A Non-traditional School
Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

SOLANO COUNTY COMMUNITY
2460 CLAY BANK RD
707-421-6568
A Non-traditional School
Serves 95 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

TRAVIS EDUCATION CENTER HIGH
2775 DERONDE DR.
707-437-8265
A Non-traditional School
Serves 69 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

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