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The Name Solano
Solano County was referred to as Benicia County before 1850 and the name Solano was named after California became the 31st State of the Union on September 9, 1850.
It was named indirectly from the Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Francisco Solano. "Solano" is a common surname in Spain, specially in Navarra, Zaragoza and La Rioja. Father Solano's name was given in baptism to a Chief of the Suisunes in 1843, a Native American tribe of the region. Before his baptism, the chief was called Sem-Yeto (Brave or Fierce Hand). At the request of General Mariano Vallejo, the county was named after Chief Solano, who at one time ruled over most of the land and tribes between the Petaluma Creek and the Sacramento River.
Solano County has a total area of 907 square miles. 829 square miles of land and 77 square miles is water, about 8.55% of the total area.
There are 5 major highway pass through Solano County, they are:-
We are surrounded by five other counties:
Population and People
2000 census show, there were 394,542 people, 130,403 households, and 97,411 families residing in the county. The population density was 476 per square mile. There were 134,513 housing units at an average density of 162 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 56.37% White, 14.91% Black or African American, 0.79% Native American, 12.75% Asian, 0.78% Pacific Islander, 8.01% from other races, and 6.39% from two or more races. 17.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 130,403 households out of which 39.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 13.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 19.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.30% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $54,099, and the median income for a family 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 6.10% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and Towns
There are 7 major cities, they are Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo. A few areas are not yet incorporated with Solano County though they are in the county. These area are Birds Landing, Collinsville, Cordelia - located within the city limits of Fairfield, Elmira and Green Valley.