Nicknamed ‘The Flats’, Fairfield is located within the California Coastal Ranges, at the midpoint between San Francisco and Sacramento. The city was originally established by Captain Robert H. Waterman in 1856 and is named after his home town in Connecticut. A clipper ship captain who sailed around the world five times during his career, Waterman decided to settle in Fairfield with his wife Cordelia (after whom an area in the south west of the city is named). Established as the county seat for Solano County in 1858, Fairfield’s local economy was enhanced in 1942 when the US Air Force built the Travis Air Force Base on land to the east of the city. Used as a principal departure point for US troops going to Vietnam, the base was annexed to Fairfield in 1966 and continues to be the top employer in the city today. Its importance is honored in the Travis Air Museum, which is located at the base and houses one of the largest collections of military aircraft on the West Coast.
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Expatriates living in Fairfield are drawn there for a host of reasons. Some work in the military, some in the confectionery industry (Fairfield is the home of the Jelly Belly sweet company), and others – possibly attracted by its award winning golf courses – have chosen it as a place to retire. Whatever brings you to the Fairfield, be it for business or personal reasons, enjoying life in California’s warm summers and mild winters can be enhanced by an InterNations’ membership. Our global network of expats provides an invaluable resource for first-hand information. If you have questions about visas, jobs, where to rent or buy a house or apartment, or you simply want to know the best place in town to socialize, InterNations can put you in touch with expatriates who know the answers. Having established the logistics of life as an expat in Fairfield (you’ve got the job, organized your household, bought a car etc.) InterNations can also be used as a platform for sharing your experiences and helping those that move to the area after you.
InterNations also functions as a forum for organizing the more pleasurable side of life as well. Not only a how-to for navigating the nitty-gritty of establishing a life abroad, our platform can also be used by expatriates working in Fairfield to connect with other expats in Fairfield who enjoy the same hobbies and leisure activities. Maybe you want a running buddy to help motivate you to train for your first marathon, or perhaps you would like to connect with a fellow birdwatcher who can share your enthusiasm for days spent with the binoculars at the Grizzly Island Wildlife Area. Whatever your interests and enthusiasms, InterNations’ expatriate community can help to expand your social circle and make your new life in Fairfield the enjoyable experience you always hoped that it would be.