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 SOLANO COUNTY CITIES:  Benicia | Dixon | Fairfield | Rio Vista | Suisun City | Vacaville | Vallejo

Solano County
Solano County covers 828.8 square mile area, a majority of the county lies in the fertile Sacramento Valley.

There are over 400,000 residents in Solano. About 20,000 of Solano’s residents live in the unincorporated areas of the county with the remainder residing within the seven incorporated cities.

There are seven Solano County cities:

Benicia , Dixon , Fairfield , Rio Vista , Suisun City, Vacaville, and Vallejo.

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Solano County’s economic base is farming and light industry. The principle sources of income are agriculture, food processing, national defense expenditures, wholesale and retail trades, and the natural gas industry of its eastern sector. The North County is defined as the area north of the city of Vacaville, generally centered on the valley, with most of the unincorporated areas lying on the eastern boundary of the county. The county landscape is defined by mountain ranges to the west, with valleys and farm land to the east, forming principal drainage basins aligned on a predominately north to south axis. The area of the south county is comprised of the Suisun Bay, (with small islands and sloughs on the southern most part of the county), the Sacramento River and Deep Water Channel running southwest, and the Suisun Marsh, the largest contiguous marsh in the United States for the preservation and enhancement of wildlife.

With major lines of transcontinental communications bisecting its territory, Solano serves as a conduit county. Interstate Route 80, interconnecting with heavily traveled feeder routes 680, 505, and State Routes 12 and 113 traverse its territory. Generally on the same north-south line, the Southern Pacific Railroad and high capacity pipelines move massive amounts of freight through the county.

To the south and the east, a major waterway, the San Joaquin-Sacramento Ship Channel, carries traffic through the Carquinez Strait to major inland ports. It is estimated that ninety percent of the county’s population lives within a comfortable walking distance of one or more of these transportation arteries.


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