Halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento lies a gem near the heart of wine country. With scenic beauty, a diverse community and a number of outdoor activities, Solano County’s Fairfield sits fewer than 19 miles from Napa Valley and fewer than 50 from San Francisco. This quaint city’s 109,000 residents stroll and shop through an independent-business-forward downtown, ride along miles of beautiful bike trails and enjoy dining sourced straight from Northern California’s farmland.
Fairfield is a mixed bag in all the best ways. Don’t be surprised to see affluent, middle-class and blue-collar neighbors making conversation from table to table when you’re out for a bite, or hiking alongside you on one of Fairfield’s many scenic trails. The Travis Air Force Base is a large employer in the community, and you’ll find that many of Fairfield’s residents are employed there, as well as in office and administrative roles. A number of residents are employed by Jelly Belly, which calls Fairfield home, as well as Anheuser-Busch.
In addition to the city’s own parks, shopping and dining, just outside of Fairfield, the stunning Suison Valley is full of vineyards and wineries, plus farms where you can pick your own produce. Although Fairfield is fairly flat, most residents travel by car, however multiple scenic bike trails can zip you around the city. Hop on the Fairfield and Suisun Transit, or FAST, bus system, or catch a number of express intercity buses to get out of town for a bit.
If you enjoy outdoor leisure, be sure to spend some time on the green at either of Fairfield’s two award-winning golf courses, or cast a line off Grizzly Island for some excellent fishing. The city’s new Aquatic Center offers fitness classes and waterslides, while its parks offer community events and gorgeous scenery. If you feel like taking in a bit of culture, Fairfield’s visual arts district offers multiple galleries, and of course you can always get a taste of the town at seasonal farmers markets and the Fairfield Tomato Festival downtown.
|Square Miles||38 square miles|
|Population Density||2,797 people per square mile|
|Total Population||105k people|
|Median Household Income||$68,037|
|Median Age||33 years old|