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Moving to Fairfield: 12 Things to Know Before You Go

Admin | June 16, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Moving to Fairfield, CA is something a number of people do every year. We did some research and compiled some facts, so you don’t have to do the work. This small city is located between San Francisco and Sacramento and is a place people move to have a chance to own a home, and/or to have a family life away from larger cities.

How big is Fairfield?

Fairfield has about 100,000 people and it is diverse. Less than half of the population is White with about 27% Hispanics, 16% African-Americans, 15% Asians, and then a very small percentage of Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

How much is housing?

The median home value is about $386,000 and the average rent is approximately $1670. Close to $400,000 is a big chunk of change, but if you look carefully you might find some small homes in the low 300s. There also may be some condos in the area for less than that, and there are some mobile homes. For renters, you can probably find a one-bedroom for about $1100 a month, and there are shared situations for about $500-700. If you are living in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland or LA, you might consider Fairfield if you want to find cheaper housing. Moving to Fairfield is something quite a few people may enjoy.

What about jobs?

Some of the major employers are:

Fairfield-Susuin Unified School District
NorthBay Medical Center
Travis Air Force Base
Sutter Medical Foundation
Solano Community College
City of Fairfield
County of Solano
Jelly Belly
Westamerica Bank
Pride Industries

How are the public schools?

According to Great Schools, the Fairfield public schools are rated above average.
For adults, there are some options too:

Solano Community College
Brandman University
National University
University of Phoenix.

How is the food?

Fairfield has quite a range of restaurants — some of the top-rated ones are:

Palm Thai Bistro
Koong Jyun Restaurant
El Pitayo
Bella Vita Family Bistro
Chez Soul Southern Cuisine
The Napa Deli
Q’s Halal Chicken
Valley Cafe
Chaats Cuisine
Mediterranean Food Center
Tasty Indian Pizza
Joe’s Buffet
Hot Stone Korean Kitchen
Papa Sushi
Hana Japanese Restaurant
La Dona
Pho Saigon No. 1 Vietnamese Restaurant
Pieology Pizzeria
Teriyaki House
Abalen Filipino Cuisine
Pink’s Grill
Niche Cafe
Istanbul Cafe
Alejandro’s Taqueria
Bangkok Paradise
Koreana Korean BBQ
Taqueria La Mexicana
Vicini’s NYC Pizzeria
La Costa Azul

In nearby Suisun City:

Chianti Osteria
Ironwood American Bistro
Athenian Grill
Sukhothia Cuisine
Lime Leaf Thai Lao Kitchen
Jindala Cafe

Some of the popular grocery stores are:

Larry’s Produce
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
Trader Joe’s
Kim’s Oriental Market
Spices 4 Less
La Charrita Mexican Market
Amar Grocery
Smart and Final

What are some things to do?

There are a number of unique things to do in Fairfield, and here are some of them:

Jelly Belly Visitor Center
Scandia Family Center

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
Travis Air Force Heritage Center
Wooden Valley Winery
Vezer Family Winery
Blue Victorian Vineyards
Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative
GV Cellars

Is there entertainment?

Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX shows mainstream movies and many of them. The Downtown Theatre presents live shows such as comedic and musical acts. Plays and occasionally ballets are performed too.

Are there parks?

Yes, the Fairfield and Cordelia area has some parks, but not a huge number:

Rockville Hills Regional Park
Cordelia Community Park
Mankas Park
Dunnell Nature Park.

Are there places of worship?

There are some Christian churches in Fairfield:

Experience Church Green Valley
Holy Spirit Church
Summit Church
CrossRoads Community Church
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Harvest Community Church of Fairfield
Calvary Baptist Church.

There is also one Buddhist-related establishment: Wat Chaimongkol Buddhist Temple.

Is there storage?

Yes, we have a storage facility in Fairfield and we can answer your storage questions.

How is the transportation?

Fairfield is located on I-80, so you can easily get on a major freeway, and there is an Amtrak station 1.7 miles away in Suisun. Of course, there is a local public bus system too. For air travel, the Sacramento Airport is closer than SFO.

Is there access to nature?

Lake Berryessa is 37 miles from Fairfield and this man-made lake is popular with boaters for relaxing, water skiing and wake boarding. Napa and Sonoma are even closer, and these areas have their own natural beauty. If you want to reach the Pacific Coast, you drive up about 70 miles to Bodega Bay or Jenner. Moving to Fairfield could be a good choice is you want access to less developed lands and open spaces.

What about the shopping?

Vacaville is about 10 miles from the city of Fairfield and has a number of outlet shops where you can find some discounted items. Solano Town Center is in Fairfield, this mall is somewhat of a throwback to the 80s standard two-level structure with the typical shops like Macy’s and JCPenny.

What is near Fairfield?

Vallejo – 17 miles
Napa – 20 miles
Benecia – 20 miles
Sacramento – 43 miles
San Francisco – 47 miles

So, after reading this information are you still interested in moving to Fairfield?


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