Rio Vista, California

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Rio Vista is a city located in the eastern end of Solano County, California in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the Sacramento River, in the Sacramento River Delta region.[1] The population was 4,571 at the 2000 Census but had risen to over 8,000 by late-2010.

Rio Vista was visited by a lost Humpback whale in 1985, despite being 60 miles (100 kilometers) upriver from the Pacific Ocean. The young whale, nicknamed "Humphrey", attracted throngs of curiosity seekers before he was eventually guided back to sea by rescuers. Again in May 2007, Humpbacks were sighted in Rio Vista. "Delta" and "Dawn," mother and calf, stopped at least twice in the river near the town.

Rio Vista is home to the annual Bass Festival in October.



Rio Vista is approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, on the Sacramento River in the Sacramento River Delta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.4 km²), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.5 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (5.06%) is water.


Colonel Nathan H. Davis founded Rio Vista on the Rancho Los Ulpinos Mexican land grant in 1858. The community was officially incorporated as Rio Vista on December 30, 1893. The city's name combines the Spanish words for "river" and "view," although grammatical Spanish for "river view" would be Vista del Río.


As of 2007, there were 7,876 people, 1,881 households, and 1,286 families residing in the city. The population is predicted to be 22,000 by 2020. The population density was 676.9 people per square mile (261.5/km²). There were 1,974 housing units at an average density of 292.3/sq mi (112.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.34% White, 1.18% African American, 0.92% Native American, 1.60% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.09% from other races, and 3.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.42% of the population.

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