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Vacaville, CA

The city of Vacaville, California, is located in the northern section of California's great Central Valley. First settled in 1852, the city's early growth was fueled largely by the railroad industry. Vacaville was incorporated as a city in 1892. The population of Vacaville is approximately 92,000 inhabitants.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Vacaville enjoys a solid mix of agricultural, commercial, governmental and technological industries.

The agricultural industry still thrives in Vacaville, despite the recent closing of the area's onion processing plant and with it, the demise of the city's renowned Onion Festival. Locally grown crops include a variety of fruits and nuts, and the city is home to a number of packing and processing plants.

The biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are developing rapidly in Vacaville, to the extent that the local community college has begun offering an associate's degree in biotechnology.

Novartis International AG, Genentech and ALZA Corporation are among the numerous major companies headquartered in Vacaville. All these companies have helped the economic development of the city.

The city's top employers are Genentech Inc., Westrust-Nut Tree, Vacaville Human Resources Department, Mariani Packing Company, Vacaville City Hall, Vacaville City Manager and California Medical Facility.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

The visitors and the residents of the city have great opportunities to visit the nearby Lake Tahoe and the Napa wine country. The city contains more than 29,000 condos; most of them are owner-occupied, although more than one third are rented houses.

Historic Downtown Vacaville features dozens of restaurants and other local businesses. The area hosts nearly a hundred art and music performances throughout the year in Vacaville's Town Square, Farmers Market, and Creekwalk Plaza. Downtown is also the site of many local events, such as the Merriment on Main Christmas celebration, 4th of July Celebration, and Oktoberfest.

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