American Canyon, California

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The City of American Canyon was incorporated in 1992. It is located about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco at the southern end of Napa County. American Canyon was developed following World War II, with the McKnight Acres subdivision in the 1940s and Rancho Del Mar in the 1950s.

The History of American Canyon Volume 1 "From the Footsteps of Time" is now available. To view the historical document click the following links, Footsteps of Time: Part One / Part Two.  

The City operates as a Council/City Manager form of government and is a general law city. Policy-making authority is vested in a five-member City Council. Day-to-day administration is provided by the City Manager, serving under the direction of the Council. There are four elected Council Members and one elected Mayor. The Vice Mayor is elected by the Council. The City Manager is appointed by the Council and serves as the chief executive of the City. American Canyon has a staff of approximately 90 employees, an additional 24 contract sheriff deputies and up to 60 part-time/seasonal staff. The 2017-18 Total Budget is just over $48 million which includes $21 million for General Fund. 

City departments include Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Community Development, Police (provided under a contract with the Napa County Sheriff's Office), Parks & Recreation, and Public Works.

The City is served by the American Canyon Fire Protection District, a subsidiary entity governed by the City Council (as the Fire Board of Directors) and administered by an appointed Fire Chief. The Fire District was formed by a vote of the citizens in November 1957. In the beginning it was an all volunteer organization and now the Fire District has 18 sworn firefighters, 3 administrative staff and approximately 5 volunteers. The 2017-18 Total Budget for the Fire District is just under $6 million.  

The population as of January 1, 2017 was 20,570, with a projected population estimated at 25,000 by the year 2030.  

The City of American Canyon, with its picturesque backdrop of rural rolling agricultural hills, is located in southern Napa County. This is the SF Bay Area’s entry point to the Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries, areas internationally recognized for producing some of the world's finest wines. 

A permanent green belt surrounds much of the City, including the Napa River and a 500-acre wetlands preserve to the west, the 640-acre Jack and Bernice Newell Wilderness Preserve to the east, and vineyard-covered foothills of the Sulphur Springs Mountains to the northeast. The Napa County Airport adjoins the City on the north, and the City of Vallejo is adjacent on the south. Major highways include Highway 29 that runs north and south through the City, and Highway 12, which connects with I-80 about three miles to the east and Sonoma County to the west. Currently the City is 6 square miles. 

American Canyon is located approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. We are within proximity of some of the finest institutions, such as the University of California (U.C.) campuses at Berkeley (30 miles), San Francisco (42 miles) and Davis (41 miles); and within close proximity to Tuoro University (8 miles). We are conveniently located 42 miles from the Oakland International Airport (OAK), 50 miles from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 60 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

Out of peak hours, San Francisco to the southwest and Sacramento to the north-east are each less than one hour's drive on I-80. Two miles south of American Canyon, Highway 37 goes west over to Novato, Marin County where it joins with Highway 101, an alternative route to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Detailed fold-out maps are available at City Hall and the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce:

The climate is generally mild, with northeasterly winds from the San Francisco Bay. Summer temperatures range from 50 to 90 degrees, and winter temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees. The average number of clear days per year is 265 and average rainfall is 24 inches per year. 

It is the goal of the City, pursuant to its General Plan, to accommodate a sufficient range of uses to support the needs of a growing residential population. The City should be a center of employment and commerce for regional and local residents and will provide an opportunity to capitalize upon the Green Island Industrial Park area, the City's proximity to Napa County Airport and Union Pacific Railroad, and the agricultural and vineyard industries of Napa County. 

As of March, 2017 there are 4,916 single family residential units, 849 mobile or manufactured homes in 5 communities and 364 apartments for a total of 6,129 residential units in the City of American Canyon. The city has 23 parks totaling 78 acres, a community gymnasium, a Senior/Multi Use Center and an extensive trail system with access to the Napa River. The City Facilities consist of the Public Safety Center opened in 2007, City Hall opened in January of 2009 and a remodeled Senior/Multi Use Center completed in May of 2010. 

We actively recruit businesses to our City to meet the needs of our rapidly expanding residential community. Excellent business opportunities still exist in the City along Highway 29, which provides easy access from Marin and Solano Counties, as well as Central Napa Valley. American Canyon is an opportunity awaiting you.

American Canyon offers a multitude of things to do, especially if you love the outdoors. Consider visiting and exploring one of our existing (or soon to be developed) natural attractions and recreational outlets: