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Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, United States. It served as the state capital for nearly thirteen months from 1853 to 1854. The population was 26,997 at the 2010 census. The city is located in the San Francisco Bay Area along the north bank of the Carquinez Strait. Benicia is just east of Vallejo and across the strait from Martinez. Elizabeth Patterson has served as Mayor of Benicia since 2007. The town is divided into four areas: the East Side (east of First Street), the West Side (west of First Street), Southampton (the newer suburban neighborhoods north of Interstate 780), and the industrial park. Most of the town's older homes are on the east and west sides. Southampton contains primarily single-family housing developments and condominiums, most of which were built between 1970 and 2000. The East Side includes the Benicia Arsenal, a former United States Army armory, which was bought by the city and is now used for a variety of purposes, most notably as live-work spaces for artists. The Arsenal is home to several historic (ca. 1860) landmark buildings such as The Clock Tower, the Camel Barn, and the Jefferson Street Mansion. The industrial park lies to the northeast of the residential areas of the city, and includes the Valero oil refinery. The Benicia State Recreation Area is on the far west edge of the city. The main retail area in Benicia is First Street, which attracts out-of-town antique and boutique shoppers and those seeking small-town, historic charm. In 1987 Benicia was selected to participate in the California Main Street Program. Connections to Benicia include Interstate 680 from Martinez to the south and Cordelia Junction (Fairfield) to the north, and Interstate 780, Columbus Parkway, and other local roads from Vallejo to the west. Amtrak also runs past the city north towards Sacramento, but the nearest train station lies in Martinez across the Carquinez Strait. Railroad tracks carrying Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad lines cross the strait alongside the Benicia–Martinez Bridge.

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Facts and Stats for Benicia*

  • Pollution Statistics in Benicia

    Know the pollution level of Benicia before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Benicia: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Benicia for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Benicia.

    • Burglary and Theft 35 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 15 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 20 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 35 (Low)
    • Attacks 5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 20 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 10 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 35 (Low)
  • Living in Benicia - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 78.82 (High)
    • Climate Index 93.22 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 15.95 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 80.72 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.52 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 164.19 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Benicia

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Benicia

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50 USD

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