Community Life

Low crime, excellent schools, scenic waterways, and active, involved residents make Benicia an ideal small town home within the greater Bay Area.

Homes. Benicia was among Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2005” and more recently, Solano Magazine called Water's End and Downtown two of its "Best Neighborhoods" (2008). Homes here are competitive with Bay Area housing prices.

Schools. Benicia was named “Best Place to Raise a Family” in a recent San Francisco Chronicle survey. Our schools were ranked in the top 15% in the nation by SchoolMatch, a private corporate site location firm, and Benicia Unified School District's 2012 test scores were the highest in Solano County.

Safety. Our low crime rate is one reason Benicia is so popular with families and businesses.

History. Benicia was the third California State Capitol, and the only California capitol where the original building still stands. More recently, the military arsenal and officers quarters have been refurbished as a showcase for artists and commercial enterprises.

Recreation. Sunset magazine called Benicia “the East Bay’s funkiest little art town.” Combined with a walkable downtown that leads to a pier overlooking the bay, it’s not surprising Benicia attracts many visitors. We also have more parks per capita than any other Solano County city.

You may also like: Visit Benicia (separate website) 

Cost of Living
Cost of Living
This index compares the relative cost of living in different locations. Using the United States as the base location (i.e. a value of 100), an index value of 120 means that the cost of living in that particular community is 20 percent higher than in the base location; a value of 94 indicates a more affordable location.
Location Cost of Living Index
City of Benicia 150
City of Walnut Creek 171
City of San Ramon 200
City of Vacaville 130
City of Dublin 170
City of Martinez 150
City of Napa 159
Source: Sperling's Best Places, (as of March 2012). The total of all cost of living categories is weighted as follows: 30% housing, 15% groceries, 10% transportation, 6% utilities, 7% health care, and 32% miscellaneous (clothing, services, entertainment); state and local taxes are not included.
Low / High1
Prevailing Wind speed1 Annual
Elevation1 Comfort Index2
39.3º / 54º F 59 º / 83º F 8 mph / SW 18.5 inches 10 feet 49
Sources: (1) Weather Underground; (2) Sperling’s Best Places Note: Comfort index is based on humidity during the hot months (value of 100). A higher value indicates a more comfortable climate. 2011 data (as of March 2012)


Public Safety
Crime Rate
Jurisdiction Property Crime
Rate per 1,000
Violent Crime
Rate per 1,000
City of Benicia 18.1 1.9
City of Brentwood 21.0 2.1
City of Concord 31.3 4.5
City of Dixon 27.5 3.9
City of Fairfield 32.6 4.8
City of Richmond 254.0 11.4
City of Rio Vista 16.5 3.2
City of Suisun 24.6 3.0
City of Vacaville 20.2 3.0
City of Vallejo 44.6 7.2
County of Solano 30.9 4.8
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, 2010 Data (as of March 2012)


Police Services
Benicia Police Department
200 East L
(707) 745-3411 
Erik Upson, Chief of Police
1 Station        36 sworn 
Source: Benicia Police Department


Fire Protection
Provider # Stations
Benicia Fire Department
150 Military West
(707) 746-4275  
Jim Lydon Fire Chief

Source: Benicia Fire Department


Insurance Service Offices
Insurance Services Office 
(800) 444-4554

ISO (Insurance Services Office) determines the ISO ratings and that information is purchased (by subscription)by insurance offices. Your insurance agent should have current information and provide you with your ISO rating for your particular address.

Insurance Services (as of March 2012)


Housing Cost
Starter Mid-level Executive
$41,900 to $349,000 $289,000 to $509,000 $540,000 to $1,498,000
1 or 2 BR; 1000 + sf; 20+ yrs. old 3 or 4 BR; 1200 sf; 10+ yrs. old 4+ BR; 2000+ sf; 5+ yrs. old
Source: of July 2013)


Rental Housing Cost
Single Family Homes Apartments / Townhomes
$1,500 to $1,800 (2-bedroom) $850   to $2,000 (1-bedroom)
$1,950 to $2,750 (3-bedroom) $945 to $1,710 (2-bedroom)
$2,250 to $3,550 (4-bedroom) $1,500 to $2,200 (3-bedroom)
Source: Trulia (as of July 2013)


Median Value of Owner-Occupied Homes
Local State U.S.
$309,634 $325,403 $171,345
Source: Claritas 2013 data (as of July 2013)
K-12 Education
 K-12 Education

Benicia Unified School District 

Elementary Schools Enrollment Avg. Class Size
Mary Farmer Elementary (K-5) 488 27
Joe Henderson Elementary (K-5) 552 26
Matthew Turner Elementary (K-5) 534 25
Robert Semple Elementary (K-5) 436 26
Junior / High Schools Enrollment / Graduation Rate Avg. Class Size
Benicia Middle School (6-8) 1,170 28
Benicia High School (9-12) 1,651 28
Liberty High School (9-12) (Alternative) 82 17
Community Day (7-12) (Alternative) 13 n/a
Private Schools Enrollment Avg. Class Size
Kindercare Learning Centers (PK-K) 118 10
St. Dominic’s (K-8) 320 15
Source: National Center for Education Statistics 2012 Data; (as of July 2013)
* Academic Performance Index Testing
Healthcare Facilities
Healthcare Facilities
Name Location /Distance # of
Services / Specialties / Other Information

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
975 Sereno Drive
Vallejo CA 94589
(707) 651-1000

Vallejo 9.5 mi 276 Allergy; Alternative Medicine, Anesthesiology, Behavioral Medicine, Cardiology, Chemical Dependency, Chronic Pain, Continuing Care Dermatology, Emergency Department, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Head and Neck Surgery, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease, Interventional Radiology, Minor Injury and Illness Center, Nephrology, Neurology, Occupational Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics Pathology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology, Surgery, Teen Clinic, Urology
John Muir Medical Center
2540 East St.
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 682-8200
Concord 10.5 mi 313 Home Health, Interpreter Services, Medical Equipment Loan Program, Palliative Care, Senior Services, Spiritual Support, Chemical Dependency, Psychology/Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Osteoporosis, Neurosciences, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Lung Health (Pulmonary Rehabilitation), Women's Heart Program, Medical Imaging, Lab Services, Nutrition Services, Metabolic Nutrition Program, Weight Loss Surgery, Diabetes, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Wound Care, Emergency Services, Primary Care, Trauma Services, Urgent Care, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Hospital-Based Rehabilitation, Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Women's Health Center, Continence & Pelvic Health, Children's Nutrition Services, Pregnancy & New Parent

Sutter Solano Medical Center
300 Hospital Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 554-4444  

Cancer Center
100 Hospital Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 554-5326

Vallejo 9.3 mi 102 24-Hour Emergency Care, Ambulatory Surgery, Auxiliary Services, Cancer Program, Cardiology, Intensive Care, Digital Imaging, GI/Endoscopy, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Laboratory and Pathology, Medical/Surgical Services, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedic Care, Respiratory Therapy, Surgery
Source: Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center and Sutter Solano Memorial Hospital (as of March 2012)
Culture, Sports, and Recreation

You may also be interested in the Visit Benicia website.

Culture / Sports / Recreation
Theatre and Fine Arts
Arts Benicia
991 Tyler Street (707) 747-0131
Benicia Plein Art Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia Antique Mall
918 First Street (707) 751-1400
Benicia Public Library
150 East L Street
Benicia Ballet School
938 Tyler St # 20 (707) 746-6757
Benicia Performing Arts Foundation
424 First St (707) 534-2277
Benicia Capitol State Historic Park
(707) 745-3385
Fischer-Hanlon House
115 G Street (707) 745-3385
Benicia Community Arts
(707) 745-2787
Gallery 621
309 First Street (707) 746-6211
Benicia Fire Museum
900 East Second Street (707) 745-1688
Lindsay Art Glass
East F Street (707) 748-1336
Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns
2060 Camel Road (707) 745-5435
Studio 41: an American Craft Gallery
700 First Street (707) 745-0254
Benicia Old Town Theater Group
140 West J Street (707) 746-1269
Tip Tap Toe Performing Arts Studio
4864 East 2nd Street
Sports Venues and Organizations
Benicia Parks & Community Service Division
370 East L Street (707) 746-4285

The Parks and Community Services Department operates a variety of programs and services for the residents of Benicia.
Adult Sports
Youth Sports

Senior activities

The Parks Division upgrades and maintains approximately 211 developed acres of Park and landscape areas and a 577-acre regional Park.
City Gym

Clock Tower

Jack London Park
Community Park

City Park & Gazebo

Benicia Little League
340 East I Street (707) 745-1872
Benicia State Recreation Area
115 W G Street (707) 745-3385
Benicia Youth Football & Cheer
1150 West 7th Street (707) 747-5014
Benicia Youth Soccer League
985 Lincoln Street (707) 745-1419
Golf Courses within 20 miles of Benicia
Blue Rock Springs Golf Club
655 Columbus Pkwy, Vallejo (707) 643-8476
Open to the public 7.3 miles from Downtown Benicia
The 18-hole "West" course at the Blue Rock Springs Golf Club facility features 5,948 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating of 67.9 and it has a slope rating of 121 on Blue grass.   The 18-hole "East" course at the Blue Rock Springs Golf Club facility features 6,064 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 69.0 and it has a slope rating of 122 on Blue grass. Both courses designed by Joe Mortara Sr. and Fleming and Robert Muir Graves.
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
1095 Hiddenbrooke Pkwy, Vallejo
(707) 558-0330
Open to the public 13.13 miles from Downtown Benicia
The 18-hole course at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club facility features 6,678 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer, has a rating of 72.8 and it has a slope rating of 142 on Rye grass.
Mare Island Golf Club
1800 Club Drive, Vallejo
(707) 562-4653
Private Membership 11.6 miles / 35 minutes from Downtown Benicia
The 18-hole course at the Mare Island Golf Club facility features 6,222 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.5 and it has a slope rating of 124 on Blue grass. Designed by (R) Robin Nelson, ASGCA
Pine Meadows Public Golf Course
451 Vine Hill Way, Martinez
(925) 228-2881
9 miles / 21 minutes from Downtown Benicia
The 9-hole "Pine Meadows" course at the Pine Meadows Public Golf Course facility features 1,502 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 27. Designed by James Coward.
Other Recreational Facilities and Opportunities
Benicia Marina
266 East B Street
(707) 745-2628
Benicia Yacht Club
400 East Second Street
(707) 746-6600
Benicia Boxing & Martial Arts
2002 Columbus Pkwy (707) 747-1722
2038 Columbus Pkwy (707) 745-2150
Benicia Fitness
606 First Street (707) 745-1511
From The Core Pilates-Fitness Studio
560 1st Street # D200 (707) 373-9245
Benicia Health & Fitness Club
1150 West 7th Street (707) 751-0273
Griffin Fitness
2038 Columbus Parkway (707) 747-6677
CrossFit 707
4856 East 2nd Street (707) 853-3556
378 Military East (707) 748-0827
Movie Theaters
Brendan Theaters (10.5 miles)
1985 Willow Pass Rd Ste C, Concord
(925) 677-0450
Contra Costa Cinemas (9 miles)
555 Center Ave, Martinez
(925) 228-9980
Century 14 (9 miles)
109 Plaza Drive, Vallejo
(707) 553-1205
Solano Drive Inn (8.4 miles)
1611 Solano Way, Concord
(925) 825-1951
Century 16 (10.3 miles)
125 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill
(925) 288-1371
Caterpillar Puppets Shows
(707) 746-559
Pinole Valley Bowl (8.4 miles)
1580 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole
(510) 724-9130
Benicia Historical Society
2060 Camel Road (707) 745-5435  
Downtown Historical Walking Tour Self-guided Historic Homes Walking Tour Docent-led Historic Homes Tour: Each year, the Benicia Historical Society sponsors a historic homes tour, either in May or December.   Benicia Walking Tour" brochures are available at the offices of Benicia Main Street, the Benicia Historical Museum, or the Benicia Chamber of Commerce.
Source: City of Benicia, Parks & Community Services Division; Benicia Little League; Benicia Youth Football; Benicia Youth Soccer League; Golf Link; Benicia Chamber of Commerce Member Directory; Blue Rock Springs Golf Club; Hiddenbrooke Golf Club; Mare Island Golf Club; Benicia Fitness; Benicia Health & Fitness Club; Caterpillar Puppet Shows; CrossFit 707; Curves; Pinole Valley Bowl; Fit for Me; From the Core Pilates Fitness Studio; Griffin Fitness; Susie Harper School of Dance; Jazzercise; The Dailey Method; Benicia Boxing & Martial Arts; Benicia Marina; Benicia Yacht Club; Contra Costa Cinemas Brendan Theaters; Century Theaters; Solano Drive Inn; Benicia Historical Society and Visit Benicia (as of April 2012)