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City of Vacaville
—  City  —
Nickname(s): cowville, cowtown
Location in Solano County and the state of California
Coordinates: 38°21′14″N 121°58′22″W / 38.35389°N 121.97278°W / 38.35389; -121.97278
Country United States
State California
County Solano
Incorporated 1892
 - Mayor Len Augustine
 - Senate Lois Wolk (D)
 - Assembly Lois Wolk (D)
 - U. S. Congress George Miller (D)
 - Total 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 - Land 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 174 ft (53 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 92,919
 Density 3,428.7/sq mi (1,323.8/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes 95687, 95688, 95696
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-81554
GNIS feature ID 0277624

Vacaville, California is located in Solano County, California, United States, between Sacramento and San Francisco. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 88,625. According to the Community Development Department of the City of Vacaville, the total population as of 2005 was 96,735.

The University of California, Davis campus is located about 20 miles (32 km) to the northeast.



The city is thought to be founded in 1852 by Paige Charlene Hall, on a part of the 1843 Mexican land grant Rancho Los Putos purchased from Juan Manuel Vaca.

The city was a Pony Express stop and was home to many large produce companies and local farms which flourished due to the Vaca Valley's rich soil, including The Nut Tree.

At one time an Onion Festival was held annually. This stopped in 2000 due to the onion processing plant being closed down.[citation needed]

Geography and environment

There are a number of rare and endangered species in the Vacaville area. Endangered plants which have historically occurred in the vernal pool areas in and around Vacaville include Legenre limosa, Plagiobothrys hystriculus, Downingia humilis, Contra Costa Goldfields (Lasthenia conjugens), and Showy Indian clover (Trifolium amoenum).[1] However, Showy Indian clover is now thought to be extinct throughout Solano County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 70.1 km² (27.1 mi²). Approximately 100% of the area is land. Excluding the Putah South Canal and minor local creeks, the only significant body of water within the city is the 105-acre (0.42 km2) Lagoon Valley Lake.

The unincorporated communities of Allendale and Elmira are generally considered to be part of "greater" Vacaville.


As of the 2000 census[2], there are 88,625 people residing in the city. The population density is 1,263.6/km² (3,272.3/mi²). There are 28,696 housing units at an average density of 409.1/km² (1,059.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 72.11% White, 10.02% African American, 0.97% Native American, 4.18% Asian, 0.45% Pacific Islander, 6.74% from other races, and 5.53% from two or more races. 17.88% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 28,105 households, 20,966 are families: 41.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% are married couples living together, 12.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% are non-families. 19.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.83 and the average family size is 3.24.

The median age is 34 years, and the age distribution of the population is rather spread out: 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who are 65 years of age or older. However, the sex ratio is higher than the national average. For every 100 females there are 118.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 124.7 males.

Vaca Mountains during summer

Vacaville has the highest per capita concentration of electric cars in the world, giving it the nickname "Voltageville".[3]



Personal income

The median income for a household in the city is $57,667, and the median income for a family is $63,950. Males have a median income of $43,527 versus $31,748 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,557. 6.1% of the population and 4.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.4% of those under the age of 18 and 4.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.[4]


There are biotechnology/pharmaceutical facilities operated by Genentech, ALZA Corporation, Kaiser Permanente, and Novartis International AG.


The city holds annual Vacaville Fiesta Days.[citation needed]


Two state prisons are located in Vacaville: California State Prison, Solano and California Medical Facility. The latter prison houses inmates undergoing medical treatments.


Aerial view of Vacaville

The city has two unified public school districts, a community college district, private schools and colleges.

Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Vacaville Unified School District includes the following campuses:

Elementary Schools

  • Alamo Elementary
  • Browns Valley Elementary
  • Edwin Markham Elementary
  • Eugene Padan Elementary
  • Fairmont Elementary
  • Cooper Elementary
  • Orchard Elementary
  • Hemlock Elementary

Middle Schools

  • Vaca Pena Middle School
  • Willis Jepson Middle School

High Schools

Travis Unified School District

The Travis Unified School District campuses include:

  • Cambridge Elementary
  • Foxboro Elementary
  • Center Elementary
  • Travis Elementary
  • Scandia Elementary

Its campuses serving Vacaville secondary students are:

  • Golden West Middle School
  • Vanden High School
  • Travis Education Center
  • Travis Community Day School

Private Schools

Private institutions with campuses in Vacaville are:

  • Bethany Lutheran Preschool and Elementary School
  • Faith Academy (Independent)
  • Notre Dame Parochial School
  • Vacaville Adventist (Seventh-day Adventist)
  • Vacaville Christian Schools (pre-school through 12th grade)

Colleges and Universities

The town has a District supporting the Solano Community College. Among others, it offers an associate degree in biotechnology, which could lead to employment with local industries.

Other colleges and universities include:

Media references

  • Actor Jon Voight filmed The All American Boy in Vacaville.


The following is a list of notable people who were born in, or are residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city.

See also


  1. ^ Environmental Assessment for the Green Tree Assessment District, Earth Metrics Inc Report 7690, City of Vacaville, March, 1989
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ The Reporter - Rebuilding Voltageville
  4. ^ Vacaville Information
  5. ^ "Players: Jarrett Bush". The Official Website of the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay Packers, Inc.. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Jermaine Dye: Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights". The Official Website of the Chicago White Sox. MLB Advanced Media. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Player Bio:Xzavie Jackson". The Official Athletic Website of the University of Missouri. CBS Interactive. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  8. ^ "Player Bio:Xzavie Jackson". The Official Website of the Philidelphia Eagles. Philidephia Eagles. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
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  12. ^ "Jacoby Shaddix-Biography". Internet Movie Database. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  13. ^ Garofoli, Joe (2007-03-18). "Portraits of Sacrifice - Casey Sheehan: Vacaville". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Communications, Inc): p. E4. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  14. ^ [http:// . "Meet Cindy"]. Cindy Sheehan for Congress. 2008. http:// . Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  15. ^ "Thomas Williams Bio". The Official Website of the Jacksonville Jaguars. National Football League. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  16. ^ "Player Bio:Thomas Williams". Official USC Website. USC. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 

External links

Coordinates: 38°21′14″N 121°58′22″W / 38.353810°N 121.972683°W / 38.353810; -121.972683


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