Vallejo is the largest city in Solano County and a community rich in diversity and amenities. It is home to three higher education institutions, two outstanding regional hospitals, vibrant historic districts, and bay waterfront.

Vallejo has a vibrant cultural arts scene, including the Empress Theatre, Symphony, art galleries, museums and numerous cultural festivals. Vallejo provides ample recreational activities, including golf, a marina, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.  Vallejo also enjoys reasonably-priced residential neighborhoods within an easy commute to regional job centers.

Vallejo is a hub of economic activity with ample opportunities for investment and numerous projects launching in the coming months. Vallejo has a growing skilled employment base and an exceptionally desirable climate. Two High-Speed Ferry terminals offer daily service to San Francisco in approximately 50 minutes. Visit the City of Vallejo Economic Development page here

Quick Facts

  • City Population (2021): 117,846
  • Median Household Income (2019) $69,405

Educational Attainment (2019)

  • HS diploma: 25.5%
  • Some College or Associate: 36.8%
  • Bachelor's: 18.7%
  • Graduate or Professional: 7.1%
  • Median Housing Prices (2021): $502,139
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Known For

  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Theme park
  • 4th of July Parade and Festival - one of the oldest parades in the state (148 yr)
  • The Historic Empress Theater - built in 1911
  • Northern California Pirate Festival – Piratical-themed family entertainment
  • Mad Hatter Holiday Festival – Parade, tree lighting, boat parade
  • Former Mare Island Shipyard – First naval shipyard on West Coast
  • Waterfront Weekend – Every first weekend in October
  • Former State Capitol – Twice in the 1850’s
  • Touro University – Graduate school focusing on Health Sciences, Public Health, Education
  • Vallejo Symphony – Founded in 1931
  • California State University Maritime Academy – Only maritime academy on the West Coast


Michael Nimon
Economic Development Director
(707) 648-4109

Business Opportunities

Mare Island – Located on the Napa River and the San Francisco Bay, Mare Island provides a rich historical context by serving as a naval shipyard for 150 years until 1996. Currently, Mare Island provides an integrated community, developed through a unique public/private partnership between the City of Vallejo and Lennar Mare Island, LLC which will result in the construction of 1400 homes and over 7 million square feet of non-residential development. The vision of the island, offering a diverse collection of commercial, industrial, maritime and residential opportunities, is a vital new place where people can work, live and play.  Amenities include a high-speed commuter ferry terminal with direct access to downtown San Francisco, and over 500 acres of open space popular with hikers and birders. Learn more here

Waterfront – The 52-acre Waterfront Project is currently planned for mixed-use, residential and office development, combined with open space amenities. Located adjacent to the main Vallejo Ferry terminal, the Waterfront Project will bring 24/7 activity and a pedestrian-friendly environment to the waterfront, making this new neighborhood an exciting destination for local residents and regional visitors. Learn more here

Craft Beverage Industry – Vallejo is quickly becoming a hub for the craft beverage industry of Northern California with a number of distilleries, wineries, and breweries slated to open in 2017. With ample capacity for production facilities, tasting rooms, and food service, Vallejo offers a unique opportunity for producers to promote their goods and services and connect with clients and the community.

Manufacturing & Industrial – Advanced manufacturing and related industries are included as Vallejo’s prioritized large industry clusters with a diverse set of businesses that are engaged in the design, development, fabrication, assembly, refurbishing, logistics, and distribution of a variety of products. This cluster also incorporates a number of clean technology and environmental services companies, maritime-related businesses, metal and construction materials manufacturing, and heavy civil engineering construction.

Commercial & Residential development projects –  After an ambitious three-year comprehensive planning effort, the City adopted its new Propel Vallejo General Plan 2040 and Sonoma Boulevard Specific Plan in Summer 2017, followed by the adoption of a new Development Code in 2018. The plans are bold new visions capitalizing on the City’s waterfront setting and historic neighborhoods, and envision vibrant mixed-use corridors, walkable neighborhoods, and jobs-focused employment centers. Learn more here.

Selected Businesses

Company Product/Service
Kindred Motorworks Auto market
Alstom Refurbishes and repair trains
Factory_OS Modular Homes
Mare Island Dry Dock Ship repair
Mare Island Brewing Craft beverage
Vino Godfather Wine tasting
Liled’s Candy Kitchen In-store made ice cream and chocolates
Ghiringhelli’s Specialty Foods Specialty foods for private label customers
Expedition Imports Custom build off-road vehicles
Earthquake Protection Systems Seismic isolation bearing manufacturer
Lippincott Supply Bolts and nuts manufacturer
XKT Engineering Steel fabricator
Western Dovetail Inc. Wooden household furniture
Mare Island

Mare Island

Mare Island Building 680

Mare Island Building 680

City of Vallejo Waterfront

City of Vallejo Waterfront

View of Downtown Vallejo

View of Downtown Vallejo


Empress Theatre

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Mare Island Dry Doc (MIDD) Crew

Mare Island Dry Dock (MIDD) Crew

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom