Solano County, California

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Solano County, California
Solano County
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Images, from top down, left to right: The Solano County Government Center in Downtown Fairfield, Benicia Capitol State Historic Park, Suisun City Marina, Military C-5 Aircraft based at Travis Air Force Base, Vacaville Hills
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Solano County, California
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Location in the state of California
CountryUnited States
State California
Region San Francisco Bay Area
Incorporated February 18, 1850 [1]
Named for Chief Solano of the Suisun people
County seat Fairfield
Largest city Vallejo (population)
Fairfield (area)
Area
  Total906 sq mi (2,350 km2)
  Land822 sq mi (2,130 km2)
  Water84 sq mi (220 km2)
Highest elevation
[2]
2,822 ft (860 m)
Population
  Total413,344
  Estimate 
(2019) [4]
447,643
  Density460/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific Time Zone)
  Summer (DST) UTC−7 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Area code 707
FIPS code06-095
GNIS feature ID 277312
Website www.solanocounty.com

Solano County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 413,344. [3] The county seat is Fairfield. [5]

Contents

Solano County comprises the Vallejo–Fairfield, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area , which is also included in the San JoseSan FranciscoOakland, CA Combined Statistical Area. [6] Solano County is the northeastern county in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region.

A portion of the South Campus at the University of California, Davis is in Solano County.

History

Solano County is named for Chief Francisco Solano of the Suisunes, a Patwin tribe of Wintun people. Chief Solano (Namesake of Solano County, California).jpg
Solano County is named for Chief Francisco Solano of the Suisunes, a Patwin tribe of Wintun people.

Solano County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.

At the request of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the county was named for Chief Solano of the Suisun people, a Native American tribe of the region and Vallejo's close ally. Chief Solano at one time led the tribes between the Petaluma River and the Sacramento River. The chief was also called Sem-Yeto, which signifies "brave or fierce hand." The Chief was given the Spanish name Francisco Solano during baptism at the Catholic Mission, and is named after the Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Francisco Solano. "Solano" is a common surname in the north of Spain, especially in Navarra, Zaragoza and La Rioja.

Travis Air Force Base is located just east of Fairfield.

Region

Solano County is the easternmost county of the North Bay. [6] As such, it is sometimes reported by news agencies as being in the East Bay. [7] [8] [9] Additionally, a portion of the county extends into the Sacramento Valley, geographically.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 906 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 822 square miles (2,130 km2) is land and 84 square miles (220 km2), comprising 9.3%, is water. [10]

Solano County has several inactive cinnabar mines, including the Hastings Mine and St. John's Mine, [11] both of which are subject to ongoing mercury monitoring. These mines were worked in the first half of the twentieth century.

Flora and fauna

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.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Transportation

Major highways

Public transportation

Solano County is served by several transit agencies:

Each agency interconnects with the others, enabling transit trips throughout the county. Service also connects with BART stations in Contra Costa County. Transit links are provided to Napa, Yolo and Sacramento counties as well.

Greyhound and Amtrak provide long-distance intercity service.

Airports

General aviation airports in Solano County which are open to the public are the Nut Tree Airport and Rio Vista Municipal Airport.

Crime

The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense.

Cities by population and crime rates

Demographics

A 2014 analysis by The Atlantic found Solano County to be the 5th most racially diverse county in the United States, behind Aleutians West Census Area and Aleutians East Borough in Alaska, Queens County in New York, and Alameda County in California. [15]

2011

Places by population, race, and income

2010

Historical population
CensusPop.
1850 580
1860 7,1691,136.0%
1870 16,871135.3%
1880 18,4759.5%
1890 20,94613.4%
1900 24,14315.3%
1910 27,55914.1%
1920 40,60247.3%
1930 40,8340.6%
1940 49,11820.3%
1950 104,833113.4%
1960 134,59728.4%
1970 169,94126.3%
1980 235,20338.4%
1990 340,42144.7%
2000 394,54215.9%
2010 413,3444.8%
2019 (est.)447,643 [4] 8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census [22]
1790-1960 [23] 1900-1990 [24]
1990-2000 [25] 2010-2015 [3]

The 2010 United States Census reported that Solano County had a population of 413,344. The racial makeup of Solano County was 210,751 (51.0%) White, 60,750 (14.7%) African American, 3,212 (0.8%) Native American, 60,473 (14.6%) Asian, 3,564 (0.9%) Pacific Islander, 43,236 (10.5%) from other races, and 31,358 (7.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 99,356 persons (24.0%). [26] At 52,641 Filipinos in the county making up 12% of the population, Solano County has the largest percentage Filipino population of any county in the United States.[ citation needed ]

2000

At the 2000 census there were 394,542 people, 130,403 households, and 97,411 families in the county. The population density was 476 people per square mile (184/km2). There were 134,513 housing units at an average density of 162 per square mile (63/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 56.4% White, 14.9% Black or African American, 0.8% Native American, 12.8% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 8.0% from other races, and 6.4% from two or more races. 17.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 8.5% were of German, 6.4% Irish and 6.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 75.7% spoke English, 12.1% Spanish and 6.6% Tagalog as their first language. [27] Of the 130,403 households 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 19.6% of households were one person and 6.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.

The age distribution was 28.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.2 males.

The median household income was $54,099 and the median family income was $60,597. Males had a median income of $41,787 versus $31,916 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,731. About 6.1% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Government

The Government of Solano County is defined and authorized under the California Constitution and law as a general law county. The County government provides countywide services such as elections and voter registration, law enforcement, jails, vital records, property records, tax collection, public health, and social services. In addition the County serves as the local government for all unincorporated areas.

The County government is composed of the elected five-member Board of Supervisors, several other elected offices including the Sheriff-Coroner, District Attorney, Assessor/Recorder, Auditor-Controller, and Treasurer/Tax Collector/County Clerk, and numerous county departments and entities under the supervision of the County Administrator. As of January 2013 the members of the Solano County Board of Supervisors were:

Politics

Voter registration statistics

Overview

Since 1932, Solano County has been a Democratic stronghold in presidential and congressional elections, with Californians Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984 being the only Republicans to win the county since.

Presidential election results
Solano County vote
by party in presidential elections
[29]
Year GOP DEM Others
2020 33.5% 69,30663.6%131,6392.8% 5,886
2016 30.8% 51,92060.8%102,3608.2% 13,870
2012 34.0% 52,09263.3%96,7832.5% 3,965
2008 34.6% 56,03563.1%102,0952.1% 3,458
2004 41.8% 62,30157.1%85,0960.9% 1,440
2000 39.1% 51,60457.0%75,1163.8% 5,015
1996 34.7% 40,74255.1%64,64410.1% 11,893
1992 29.4% 38,88348.6%64,32021.8% 28,908
1988 47.4% 50,31451.2%54,3441.3% 1,430
1984 54.5%51,67844.2% 41,9821.2% 1,138
1980 50.7%40,91938.3% 30,95210.9% 8,805
1976 42.4% 26,13654.6%33,6822.9% 1,826
1972 54.0%31,31442.7% 24,7663.2% 1,885
1968 34.7% 17,68353.5%27,27111.7% 5,998
1964 30.3% 15,26369.5%34,9300.0% 47
1960 40.8% 18,75158.8%26,9770.3% 141
1956 41.6% 17,86558.1%24,9030.2% 95
1952 42.3% 19,36957.1%26,1300.4% 216
1948 33.7% 12,34563.5%23,2572.7% 1,022
1944 29.7% 10,36169.9%24,3350.3% 105
1940 28.5% 6,08170.5%15,0540.9% 193
1936 20.8% 3,60378.0%13,4591.0% 182
1932 30.3% 4,38267.1%9,7122.5% 367
1928 52.3%7,06146.5% 6,2781.1% 158
1924 48.0%4,7829.6% 95742.3% 4,223
1920 64.7%7,10226.9% 2,9548.2% 909
1916 36.3% 3,53658.3%5,6785.2% 514
1912 0.5% 4045.6%3,65053.8% 4,303 [note 5]
1908 54.7%3,11535.7% 2,0339.5% 545
1904 61.3%3,17630.0% 1,5558.5% 444
1900 55.3%3,11440.2% 2,2624.4% 249
1896 53.1%2,70244.9% 2,2841.8% 94
1892 49.2%2,40344.5% 2,1746.2% 306
1888 49.6%2,23148.0% 2,1582.2% 103
1884 53.6%2,38244.5% 1,9771.8% 84
1880 49.8%1,96349.7% 1,9590.5% 20

Solano County is split between California's 3rd and 5th congressional districts, represented by John Garamendi ( D Walnut Grove ) and Mike Thompson ( D St. Helena ), respectively. [30]

In the California State Assembly, Solano County is split between the 4th Assembly District , represented by Democrat Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, and the 11th Assembly District , represented by Democrat Jim Frazier. In the California State Senate, it is in the 3rd Senate District , represented by Democrat Bill Dodd. [31]

On November 4, 2008, Solano County voted 55.82% in favor of Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. It was the only Bay Area county to approve the initiative. [32] In the 2008 presidential election that day, Barack Obama carried the county by a 28.5% margin over John McCain, a larger margin than statewide (24%). [33]

According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Solano County has 236,028 registered voters. Of those, 106,452 (45.1%) are registered Democrats, 50,006 (21.2%) are registered Republicans, and 66,558 (28.2%) have declined to state a political party. [34] Democrats hold voter-registration advantages in all incorporated cities and towns in Solano County. However, Republicans lead in registration in the unincorporated communities of the county (40%-35%), making Solano the only county in the Bay Area where Republicans out-number Democrats in unincorporated communities. The Democrats' largest registration advantage in Solano is in the city of Vallejo, wherein there are only 8,242 Republicans (14.6%) out of 56,313 total voters compared to 33,753 Democrats (59.9%) and 12,157 voters who have declined to state a political party (21.6%).

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Solano County. [35]

county seat

RankSettlementMunicipal typePopulation (2020 census)
1 Vallejo City126,090
2 Fairfield City119,881
3 Vacaville City102,386
4 Suisun City City29,518
5 Benicia City27,131
6 Dixon City18,988
7 Rio Vista City10,005
8 Hartley CDP2,430
9 Green Valley CDP1,654
10 Allendale CDP1,651
11 Elmira CDP193

Miscellania

See also

Notes

  1. Only larceny-theft cases involving property over $400 in value are reported as property crimes.
  2. Other = Some other race + Two or more races
  3. Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native
  4. 1 2 Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.
  5. This total comprised 3,353 votes for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt (who was official Republican nominee in California), 781 votes for Socialist Eugene V. Debs and 169 votes for Prohibition Party nominee Eugene W. Chafin.

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