Benicia has a small town feel yet is situated between two metropolitan areas, San Francisco and Sacramento, on the Carquinez Strait in southern Solano County. Surrounded on two sides by water and a third by open space, it’s an ideal place to raise a family with wonderful neighborhoods, abundant parks, and award-winning schools. One of the oldest cities in California, Benicia was the third city to incorporate (March 1850) and was the third state capitol. The State Capitol building in downtown Benicia is one of our two state parks and is open for tours. The Benicia Industrial Park is home to the Valero Benicia Refinery, Amports, a private deep-water port, and nearly 450 businesses. Part of the Industrial Park is the Benicia Arsenal, a former military reservation signed into existence by Abraham Lincoln himself. It is located on two interstate freeways and is served by rail. The City of Benicia is a full-service city, boasting its own police, fire, library, water treatment, wastewater treatment, and parks departments. Small town, independence, excellence. These are some of the words used to describe Benicia and why it’s a great place to live, work and play.