Judith Bodolla Tata
SOCI 370 - Population and Migration
Professor Marianne Paiva
Solano County was formed in 1850 but had been in existence for at least 2000 years and was once home to the Patwin Indians (About Solano). It is also one of the original 27 counties in California. Today, Solano is culturally diverse county, well situated between San Francisco and Sacramento and provides easy access between the two largest cities in Northern California. There is agricultural production as well as many parks and open spaces for recreation. There are seven cities, all of them incorporated between 1850-1903. This paper is a review of the population and demographic trends of Solano County. The information in the tables is based on government data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The topics discussed are age, education, income, occupations and industries as well as the general demographic characteristics as illustrated by a population pyramid. There is an attempt to understand any links between the historical and present demographic data and observations of living in Solano. The population projections are basis for any attempt to make predictions about the future demographics of Solano County.
Demographics, Race and Ethnicity
With a population density of 503.0 persons per square mile, Solano County is considerably more densely populated than California overall, which in comparison, has 23.1 persons per square mile. One reason for this could be Solano County’s location halfway between the metropolitan areas of San Francisco and Sacramento. The relative proximity to these two cities makes it ideal for commuters in either direction. 1
Table 1 Population and Age Demographics*
Population, 2012 estimate
Population Density, persons per square mile, 2010
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2012
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2012
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2012
Source: US Census Bureau http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06095.html
As Table 2 indicates below, the fertility rates are lower and mortality rates higher than for California over all.
Table 2 Fertility and Mortality rates
General FertilityRate (2008)1
Age Adjusted All Cause Mortality Rate (2006-2008)4
Live births per 1,000 females age15 to 44
Source: http://www.co.solano.ca.us/about/county_facts_n_figures.asp 3 Source: http://cdph.ca.gov/data/statistics/Documents/VSC-2008-0202.pdf 4 Deaths per 100,000 population
5 Source: http://www.co.solano.ca.us/about/county_facts_n_figures.asp 6 Source: http://www.cdhp.ca.gov/data/statistics/Documents/VSC-2008-0501.pdf 1
Solano County has fewer individuals who identify as ‘White alone’ in comparison to California as a whole (Table 3). The Black or African American population is twice as large percentage wise as in California as a whole, and so is the population that identifies itself as bi-or multiracial. Individuals who claim Hispanic or Latino ethnicity are fewer than California as a whole.
Table 3 Race and Ethnicity (2012)*
Black or African American alone
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
Two or More Races
Hispanic or Latino**
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino
* Source: US Census Bureau http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/06095.html **Ethnicity, can be any of the above races
Education and Income
Although the high school graduation rate is higher in Solano County than in California as a whole (Table 4), the...
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