Fairfield is a city located in the northeastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, USA (See East Bay and North Bay). It is approximately 36 miles (58 km) from both the city of San Francisco and the city of Sacramento, approximately 31 miles (50 km) from Oakland, less than 18 miles (29 km) from Napa Valley , 16 miles from the Carquinez Bridge, and 13 miles from the Benicia Bridge. Fairfield was founded in 1859 by clippership captain Robert H. Waterman, and named after his former hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut.
The seat of county government since 1858, Fairfield celebrated its Centennial in December 2003. It is strategically located at the intersection of three major transportation routes – Interstate 80, Interstate 680 and State Highway 12 – midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. It shares a border with its sister city, Suisun City. Other nearby cities include Vacaville, Benicia, Napa and Vallejo. Fairfield is the county seat of Solano County. Fairfield has the highest level of retail sales in the county, with Westfield Shoppingtown Solano Mall, the only regional, indoor, retail shopping center. Fairfield is also the home of Travis Air Force Base and the Jelly Belly jelly bean factory.
Fairfield enjoys a combination of flat and hilly terrain, several large parks, and a thriving downtown that offers a blend of older and newer buildings, restaurants and retail stores. A large cultural center also graces the downtown.
Fairfield is a vibrant community with respect for its heritage and a vision for the future. An excellent quality of life, lower housing costs, and an array of retail options make Fairfield boasts an enjoyable place for employees to live and work. Several executive homes and golf course communities. Fairfield has more “Class A” office space than any other Solano County city.
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