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Wind farms are scattered across Solano County.

Rush Ranch

Solano County is the easternmost county of the North Bay. As such, it is sometimes reported by news agencies as being in the East Bay. Additionally, a portion of the county extends into the Sacramento Valley, geographically. Solano County has a number of rare and endangered species including the beetle Elaphrus viridis, the wildflower Lasthenia conjugens, commonly known as Contra Costa goldfields and the annual plant Legenere limosa or False Venus' looking glass.

Solano County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 413,344. The county seat is Fairfield.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 906 square miles, of which 822 square miles is land and 84 square miles is water.

Solano County is comprised of Dixon in the northeast, adjacent to Sacramento County and a part of the city of Sacramento. Vacaville is situated at the intersection of I-80 and I-505, which connects a major Bay Area highway with I-5 - an interstate highway vital to the Pacific Coast, which runs from Southern California to Washington.

Rio Vista, Collinsville and Birds Landing sit along the Sacramento River delta. Suisun City The city is adjacent to Suisun Marsh, at 84,000 acres the largest contiguous estuarine marsh remaining on the west coast of North America.

Solano County has several inactive cinnabar mines including the Hastings Mine and St. John's Mine, which were worked in the first half of the twentieth century.

Suisun Marsh

A hotel and vineyard in western Solano County.

A home in Fairfield

Chapman University

California Maritime Academy

Solano County has seven public school districts that manage 114 schools serving nearly 71,000 students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. The schools are proud to report that student test scores have steadily risen over the past seven years. According to California's Academic Performance Index (API), which combines the scores of the STAR Test and the California High School Exit Exam, Solano County scores have risen an average of 26 points from 2004 to 2007.

Beyond the high school, Solano County is served by the Solano Community College, a University of California campus with the California Maritime Academy, Touro University on Mare Island and several extension campuses of several major universities.  Solano County also lays claim to the University of California, Davis, with the agricultural components of the campus extending into the county.

Incorporated Cities





Rio Vista

Suisun City



Unincorporated Cities




Green Valley

Unincorporated Cities





Birds Landing

Maine Prairie



famous for...

Humphrey the Humpback

you'll love it here if you...

Enjoy boating & watersports

Love to hike & explore nature.

Want a warmer climate than the majority of the Bay Area offers.

Enjoy fishing


Travis AFB


Sacramento Int’l Airport

San Francisco Int’l Airport

Oakland Int’l Airport

Fairfield & Suisun Transit

Rio Vista Delta Breeze

Vacaville City Coach


Vallejo Transit

Benecia Breeze

Bay Ferry




5 largest employers

Travis AFB

Travis-Suisun Unified School District

County of Solano

North Bay Medical

Solano Community College

upper education

Solano Community College

California Maritime Academy

Chapman University

Saint Mary’s College

Touro University

University of Phoenix

Benicia Adult Ed.

Dixon Adult School

River Delta Adult Ed.

Vacaville Adult School

Fairfield-Suisun Adult School

Vallejo Adult School

tourist attractions

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Napa Valley Wine Country

San Pablo Bay Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Nut Tree Plaza

Rush Ranch

Jelly Belly Factory

Suisun's Waterfront District

Travis' Heritage Center

Cal Yee Farm






Wine Tasting


state & national parks

San Pablo Bay Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Solano County hosts San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a 13,190-acre National Wildlife Refuge in California. It extends along the northern shore of San Pablo Bay, from the mouth of the Petaluma River, to Tolay CreekSonoma Creek, and ending at Mare Island.


The refuge encompasses the largest remaining continuous patch of pickleweed-dominated tidal marsh in the northern San Francisco Bay.

The Refuge includes a variety of habitats including open water, mud flat, tidal marsh, estuary, and seasonal and managed wetlands.

The Refuge also provides year-round habitat for sensitive species including the endangered Ridgway's Rail and salt marsh harvest mouse. Public access to the refuge is provided by the Tolay Creek Tubbs Island Trail.


In 1985 Humphrey the humpback whale strayed off his migration route and ended up in Shag Slough north of Rio Vista. Rescuers from the Marine Mammal Center and other volunteers dismantled a county bridge before being able to turn him around in the narrow slough.

Allie the Humpback

Nut Tree Plaza Train

Allie the Humpback at the base of the Golden Gate

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