Vacaville, California is located in northern Solano County, midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. The City of Vacaville, incorporated in 1892 and currently comprising just under 27 square miles, has a beautiful setting bordered by rolling hillsides, fruit orchards and fertile farmland.
With an elevation ranging from 90 to 300 feet, Vacaville enjoys warm summers and mild winters, with an average summer high of 94º and an average winter low of 36º. Annual rainfall averages about 24 inches.
|The upper end of Vaca Valley looking east, circa 1900|
The City's rich history has transformed the community from a small agricultural town into a thriving and progressive city; now a diverse population of 96,905 residents call Vacaville home. While the City’s population history and demographics (information provided by Census 2000) show its rapid growth, Vacaville remains a “small town at heart,” whose residents pride themselves on the high level of community involvement.
Affordable housing, quality schools, a wide array of youth activities, and numerous community events contribute to making Vacaville a family-oriented city. The median selling price of a home in Vacaville (as of December 2011) is about $214,000. Residents of all ages participate in organized sports leagues year-round, including soccer, baseball, softball, and ice hockey. In addition, the City of Vacaville provides high quality recreation programs for all ages, and has continued to invest in state-of-the-art public recreation facilities, including a new community pool with water slides and a diving well, ball fields, and a skateboard park. There are numerous community events throughout the year that provide fun for the entire family, including the annual Fiesta Days and Fourth of July celebrations, a “Tribute to Seniors”, free concerts during the summer at the downtown Creekwalk, and the “Merriment on Main” festivities during the holiday season.
With Vacaville’s central location, residents can “day trip” to beaches, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa wine country. However, they need not look further than Vacaville for a wide range of arts and entertainment opportunities, including the Vacaville Performing Arts Theater. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Lagoon Valley Park provides the opportunity to fish, hike, and sail in a scenic, natural setting. Other options include enjoying the downtown with a stroll along the beautiful Creekwalk, catching a movie, or hitting the ice at the skating center. Residents and visitors enjoy an expanding choice of restaurants in the revitalized, historic downtown, and some of the best shopping in the area with a thriving retail district along Interstate 80 that includes one of the largest factory outlet complexes in California.