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Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Solvang is approximately 5,200 (1997), 5245 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,076 (1990), 2173 (2010).
The amount of land area in Solvang is 6.4 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Solvang to Washington DC is 2533 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 280 miles. (as the crow flies)
Solvang is positioned 34.59 degrees north of the equator and 120.13 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Solvang elevation is 500-700 feet above sea level.
Solvang average annual rainfall is 12 inches per year
Solvang average temperature is 54-76 degrees F.


near the California central coast about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara on Hwy 101. The Pacific Ocean is 15 miles west and the community in the Santa Ynez Mountains.
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mild. There is sunshine an average of 340 days every year.
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Gentle! The air is clean and there is beautiful scenery everywhere all year round!
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History & History Related Items

Solvang, or Sunny Fields, was founded by Danish people from the Midwest who yearned to create a little Denmark here. What evolved is a picturesque community with Danish-style architecture, including windmills. Many Danish foods, bakery products and crafts are seen in town today. There is also the 19th mission to be established in the California Mission chain, Old Mission Santa Ines, built in 1804.

Click here for the California Missions trail.
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The founding of Solvang

1911 by Danish educators


Solvang is known by other Danes as being more like Denmark than Denmark!

Some nearby communities are Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Lompoc.

While visiting Solvang, you must try an aebleskiver - the "danish doughnut" which you eat with powdered sugar and jam. You can't get away from Solvang without eating!

The Cultural Arts in Solvang

Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA)
Call 805-922-8313 for more information on the performances.

Elverhoj Danish Heritage and Fine Arts Museum
See the heritage of the area at this wonderful museum with photographs, artifacts, period rooms and more. There are volunteers to tell you all you want to know about the museum.
Call: 805-686-1211

Things to see and do in the Solvang Area.

Danish Days

Photos and information for Solvang.

Please call for visitor information: (800) 468-6765

Learn more about Solvang at this informative site.
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Economy & Industry

The leading trades in Solvang are Tourism, Agriculture, and the Building Trades.
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Solvang Chamber

Solvang Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 465
Solvang, CA 93464
Phone: (805) 688-0701

Solvang Community Events

Community Events

Solvang Organizations

Solvang Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 465
Solvang, CA 93464
Phone: (805) 688-0701

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