A small town feel with big-time connections
Just North of Vacaville CA, and just South of Davis CA, lies one of Northern California's easy to miss but hard to forget cities. Surrounded by agricultural land and wide open fields is Dixon California, home to the largest annual Corn maze in the world.
Residents enjoy the best of small town life and big city convenience and culture in Dixon. Being situated so closely to many metropolitan areas offers the rare chance at working in a flourishing nearby community and living a wonderfully quiet and rural evening with the family.
History of Dixon
Small town living with a modern feel
Dixon, California is a thriving city in northern Solano County. The city spans 7.1 square miles, with only .1 square mile being water covered. Dixon is home of Cool Patch Pumpkins where owners Matt and Mark Cooley hold the Guiness World Record for the largest maze, temporary corn/crop maze which spans 53 acres. Dixon is also home to the Gymboree Corporation Distribution Center which provides product and support for all of the company’s stores.
The first settlement in the Dixon area was founded in 1852 by Elijah Silvey a shrewd man that realized finding gold was not the way to get rich during the gold rush. Silvey opened an inn and saloon to serve the miners and travelers on the stage coat route. This first community, Silveyville, was named after it’s founder. The arrival of the Vaca Valley Railroad in the area in 1870 caused quite a stir and it caused the residents of Silveyville to relocate closer to those tracks which lay on the land of one Thomas Dickson. This new community was meant to be named after it’s founder, however a mistake on addressing the first rail shipment to the town, naming it Dixon instead of Dicksonville effectively changed the name of the community forever.
According to the 2010 United States Census Dixon was home to 18,351 residents giving the city a population density of 2,587.7 people per square mile. More homes were owner occupied that were renter occupied, 66.6% as compared to only 33.4% According to City data compiled in 2011 the median household income in Dixon was $66,270, the estimated median house or condo value was $259,189, and the median gross rent was $1,183. Employment options in the area are varied, the top five employers are Gymboree, Wal-mart, First Northern Bank, Campbell Soup Company and Cardinal Health.
The majority of homes for sale in Dixon fall into the middle class category for comfort and space but largely range from fixer-uppers up luxury living spaces. Other real estate options include apartments for rent and condominiums for lease. Small starter homes are not as prevalent, but can still be found. Residents enjoy the best of small town life and big city convenience and culture in Dixon.
Dixon's highest rated eateries
Fast food to fine dining and more
Dixon may be a relatively small town compared to some of Solano's other larger cities, but you'd be surprised at the kind of diversity and enthusiasm restaurants have here. From cultural rarities to all-american bistro's, Dixon incorporates the best of it's resident's tastes and persona. Stop for a bite to eat next time you are in Dixon, and locate something new to try just off the beaten path.
Did you know?!
A few amazing facts about Dixon and it's residents
- The city was originally to be named "Dicksonville," after local citizen Thomas Dickson who had donated some of his land to create a railroad depot. The first rail shipment of merchandise from San Francisco arrived in 1872 mistakenly addressed to “Dixon,” and the new spelling has been used since.
- Dixon is also the home of the Gymboree Corporation's only Distribution Center, servicing all stores and customers around the world.
- Dixon residents Matt and Mark Cooley, owners of Cool Patch Pumpkins, currently hold the Guinness World Record for "largest maze, temporary corn/crop maze".
- In 2006, the City of Dixon finished construction on a train station near downtown Dixon. However, there are currently no scheduled stops at the station. The building has, for the time being, been converted to the city's Chamber of Commerce.
- Jon Pardi (born May 20, 1985) is an American country music singer/songwriter born in Dixon California.