Solano's County seat is a thriving community
Situated north of Vallejo CA, just over the grapevine is the California Bay Area’s tenth largest city, Fairfield.
Home to Travis Air Force Base, this city is known for its many wonderful locations for hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities, as well as its convenient location near the beautiful wine country of Napa California. With multiple wonderful golf courses, and local attractions like the Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield is brimming with plenty of opportunity, enjoyment and entertainment.
A settlement with a 6000 year history
Fairfield is the county seat of Solano County, California and is approximately the 10th largest city in California's Bay area. The city spans 37.6 square miles, 3.2 square miles of which are water covered. Fairfield is named after the city of Fairfield, Connecticut and is bordered by its sister city Suisun City. The city is home to Travis Air Force Base and the Jelly Belly jelly bean factory.
Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the area. Artifacts from these people date back five to six thousand years! The first Europeans arrived in the area in 1810. When the Spanish army came to the area, they came to attack the native tribes. Lands in the area were granted to Chief Solano as the Rancho Suisun Mexican land grant. The grant later came into the hands of Robert H. Waterman who founded the town in 1856. Waterman was a bright business person who saw the value in exposure and arranged (through an enticing land grant of 16 acres for county buildings), for the county seat to move from Benicia to his town in 1858. Growth and progress in the town continued and they were officially incorporated in 1903.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Fairfield his home to 105,321 residents, giving the city a population density of 2,798.5 people per square mile. Approximately 60% of homes are owner occupied and about 40% are occupied by renters. The Travis Air Force Base is the area's largest employer followed by the County of Solano, and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. According to 2011 city data from Fairfield, Ca the median household income was $64,059.00 and the median home values were approximately $255,700. Homes for sale in Fairfield range from start homes up through middle class and suburban style and luxury homes. Other housing and real estate options include apartments, townhouses and condominiums for lease or rent.
Fairfield promotes a healthy outdoor lifestyle and is known for its many wonderful locations for hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities. Residents and visitors enjoy the city's convenient location near the beautiful wine country. The area features several wonderful golf courses both public and private such as the Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano Golf Courses. Local attractions include factory tours at the Jelly Belly jelly bean factory and Anhuaser-Busch and theme parks such as the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and the Scandia Fun Center.
Fairfield's highest rated eateries
Fast food to fine dining and more
Fairfield may not be known as a hub of the most well-to-do restaurants in the game, but that doesn't mean there isn't a wide selection of excellent restaurants to choose from. In fact, some, if not most of the best food found in Fairfield is in the places you would normally be least likely to look. Take the time to seek out something completely new in Fairfield, it's concentrated mix of cultures and tastes make for great experimenting while hunting down that perfect home to purchase.
Did you know?!
A few amazing facts about Fairfield and it's residents
- Fairfield was founded in 1859 by clippership captain Robert H. Waterman, and named after his former hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut.
- Fairfield is considered the midpoint between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento, approximately 38 miles (61 km) from the city center of both cities.
- Some of the earliest human inhabitants of the Fairfield area are dated to be around five to six thousand years old, making them some of the oldest Native American settlements in Northern California.
- Pat Morita aka Mr Miyagi from Karate Kid, was a long time Fairfield Resident, and also graduated from Armijo High School.
- Fairfield is home to three golf courses, two public and one private. Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano Golf Courses, both public, are rated in the Zagat Survey of "America's Best Golf Courses," rated 3 ½ stars by Golf Digest Magazine in 2010 and voted #1 & #2 golf courses in Solano County for consecutive years.