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Rio Vista - Town vs. County Stats

Rio Vista - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in Rio Vista: $394,300/Co. / County Avg $519,900


Avg Sq. Ft. in Rio Vista: 1,714/Co. / County Avg 2,031


Avg Price per/ft2 in Rio Vista: $230/Co. / County Avg $256


Avg Walkscore in Rio Vista: 53 / County Avg 37


Avg Year Built in Rio Vista: 1995/Co. / County Avg 1982


Avg Days on Website in Rio Vista: 55/Co. / County Avg 54

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Located at the tip of Solano County, the community of Rio Vista is one of the oldest in the county.

The original settlement was established in 1858, by History3Col. Nathan H. Davis, and was located at the mouth of Cache Slough, where it meets the Sacramento River, approximately two miles from its present location.

Once established the settlement grew rapidly and fishing became the prime industry. Robert C. Carter and his son established a salmon cannery, which would ship salmon daily to San Francisco and from that point internationally.

During the first couple of years the settlement’s name changed several times, including Los Brazos del Rio, Vista del Rio, Winds End, and eventually the wife of Postmaster Charles Kirkpatrick, re-named it Rio Vista.

In December 1861 the mighty Sacramento River rose, and on January 9, 1862, Rio Vista was destroyed when twelve feet of water covered the settlement. Fortunately, not one life was lost.


However, at this point half of the citizens decided to relocate in developed communities, while the other half liked the area and could see a future if relocated on higher ground. Thus “New” Rio Vista was established at its present location in March 1862.

This “new” settlement, located approximately halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, soon became a popular stopover for weary travelers, who enjoyed the hospitality of Rio Vista’s hotels, saloons and general merchandise stores.

As more individuals settled in Rio Vista, many of which were immigrants, farming became the way of life rather than fishing. Immigrants from: Germany, Portugal, England, Sweden, Scotland, and Canada, to name but a few. Each educated in their native lands, brought to the community new ideas, which were combined to create fertile crops.History2

Thirty years after the devastating flood of 1862, the community was once again stricken with disaster.

On July 20, 1892 a fire broke out in the rear of the River View Hotel. Within minutes the flames spread eventually destroying almost every structure from Front Street up to Third Street, and from Montezuma Ave. to Sacramento Ave. However the community was strong and quickly decided to rebuild.

After two decades of local debate, it was finally decided, that in the best interest of the community, it was time to incorporate. Thus, the town of Rio Vista held its first election, and the community was officially incorporated on December 30, 1893.

Seventy-five years later, on January 4, 1968 the town of Rio Vista officially became a “City”.

The City of Rio Vista was incorporated on December 30, 1893. With a current population of approximately 8,200 in a 7 ½ square mile area, Rio Vista is approximately 25% developed and is currently a growing suburban community. With the land that the City annexed in the 1990s, there is adequate room for growth over the next 15-20 years.
The City of Rio Vista is a special place with an inviting mix of rural and suburban lifestyles and easy access to all of the urban amenities associated with two of the nation’s most dynamic metropolitan regions, San Francisco and Sacramento. Rio Vita lies on the banks of the Sacramento River and is within an easy drive to the Napa Wine Country, Sierra ski resorts and Lake Tahoe.
Population and Employment
With approximately 8,200 residents, Rio Vista is poised on the brink of even more rapid residential and commercial growth. Rio Vista is forecasted to triple within 15 years, with nearly half of the residential growth to be generated by an active senior community. Trilogy will account for at least 1,500 homes in the 15 years.

Rio Vista has a total labor force of 2,400*. Unemployment in Rio Vista is approximately 8.5%*. Within thirty miles, there is a diverse labor force including occupations as sales, executive, and managerial services, technical support, medical, professional, and other services.

*Based on information from the California Employment Development Department website as of August 2009.

Proximity to Markets Within thirty minutes in any direction, there are cities with populations over 60,000 people.

• Fairfield/Suisun City – 21 miles
• Lodi – 24 miles
• Vacaville – 28 miles
• Walnut Creek – 37 miles
• Sacramento – 51 miles
• San Francisco – 59 miles
• Antioch – 16 miles

Income Distribution
Rio Vista is characterized as a middle-income suburban community with a median household income of $44,534.

Community Labor Force Availability
Civilian labor force 2,400
Total employment 2,300

(Based on information from California Employment Development Department website as of July 1, 2005.)

Housing Units
Within the City, there are 3,007 housing units, of which 2,873 are occupied. The City’s housing units are primarily single-family detached homes. Currently developers are working with the City to build between 6,000 and 8,000 houses over the next 15 years.

Go to the Official Rio Vista Delta Breeze Transit Website

Air : Sacramento International Airport, 50 miles
Oakland International Airport, 60 miles
San Francisco International Airport, 75 miles

General Aviation : Rio Vista Municipal Airport offers a 4,200 ft. runway, all weather capability

Truck : Numerous major carriers offering overnight service to California, Nevada, and Oregon.

Water : Barge service available on deep-water channel of Sacramento River to Sacramento/Yolo. Deep water Port facilities, 25 miles. Barge service is to all Bay Area Ports.

Rail : Southern Pacific Mainline – Northeast & West in Fairfield & Suisun City, 22 miles.
Amtrak in Suisun City, 22 miles

Highways : Junction I-80/SR-12, 25 miles

Junction I-5/SR-12, 17 miles

Junction I-80/I-680, 28 miles

Junction Hwy 99/SR-12, 30 miles

Bus : Greyhound (Intra & Inter State) in Fairfield and Suisun, 22 miles. The City operates a Paratransit bus providing bus services to surrounding cities.

Special : UPS, Federal Express, Express Mail, Taxi Cab, Senior Van Services

The City is served by the River Delta Unified School District. There are three schools in Rio Vista:

· D.H. White School (K-5),

· Riverview Elementary (6-8), and

· Rio Vista High School (9-12).

The school district offers health screening, transportation, and food services.

Higher education facilities serving the area are:

· Los Medanos Community College (Pittsburg),

· Solano College (Fairfield),

· San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton),

· University of California at Davis (Davis),

· California State University, Sacramento, and

· University of the Pacific (Stockton).

If you tell most folks from anywhere outside the Delta you're from Rio Vista, the usual response is "Never heard of it, where is it?" To reply "It's about mid-way between Sacramento andDowntown_Rio_Vista San Francisco" doesn't seem to invoke much recognition. But tell them "It's the town that 'Humphrey the Humpback Whale' came to visit back in the fall of 1985 and in May of 2007 where the Humpback mother and daughter dubbed 'Delta and Dawn' got stuck too…" and suddenly everyone seems to know exactly where you're from! The fact is, that aside from a few celebrity whales once having "vacationed" here and the annual Bass Festival Derby, there is nothing particularly famous nor "infamous" about Rio Vista at all. And that's just the way most folks here prefer it. If there were a "just the right size" contest for American townships, Rio Vista would most certainly make the finals with:

The town of Rio Vista itself, is the perfect complement to Trilogy. The small town atmosphere, the friendly smiles in the local businesses and the lowe crime rate all make this truly a diamond in the rough.There’s always something to do at Trilogy… The Vista Clubhouse, a 27,000 sq. ft. recreation center opened early this year to provide the residents with an indoor swimming pool, spa, walking track, state of the art gym, massage parlor, aerobics room, cyber cafe, billiard room, learning center, and ballroom. The Indoor Pool is surrounded by a second floor walking track. All indoors and ready to be enjoyed regardless of weather. One has to see this facility to truly grasp its beauty.

The Delta Clubhouse, a 7,500 sq. ft. recreation center includes an outdoor pool, spa, BBQ area, library, arts and crafts studio, ballroom/meeting room and homeowners association onsite managers office.For the outdoorsmen and women: Tennis courts, bocce ball, lakes with walking trails and an 18 hole championship golf course. Many clubs and planned activities are ongoing. Trilogy provides the residents with a calendar every month of all the fun things to do.Of course golf is only one of many clubs and activities available for you here at Trilogy. It is a lifestyle that can’t be beat. “It’s like living in a resort everyday” touts one resident. Here you can life with people who share your interests and values. Imagine for a moment a place in time where you walk down a street and everybody waves hello, get togethers with your neighbors at the drop of a hat, a stroll down the street at any time of the day. These are but just a few of the dreams that come true living in Trilogy. As an architectural achievement, the collection of homes, recreation facilities, lakes, walking trails, golf courses, and well kept landscapes that are Trilogy is impressive, yes. But live here for a while and you'll soon come to know why this place is truly special. It's the PEOPLE who live here and the way life is drawn. This is a true to life neighborhood, in the friendliest and most traditional sense of the word.

With so much to do and see, one can spend weeks at Trilogy and never feel the need to leave. But that's where its uniquely central location makes life here all the better. The close proximity to the Bay Area, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada mountains, make day and overnight trips to any one of them a breeze. Plus, just minutes away is Rio Vista, gateway to the spectacular recreational possibilities of the California's Remarkable Delta region. Who could ask for more?
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