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Overview

Introduction to Chico, California

Chico, California is a city located in Butte County, at the northeast edge of the Sacramento Valley approximately 90 miles north of the state capital of Sacramento. Serviced principally by California State Highways 32 and 99, Chico is also accessible to State Highways 45, 70 and 162 as well as Interstate I-5. The Sierra Nevada Mountains lie to the east of the city and the Sacramento River borders the city to the west.

Originally inhabited by the Mechoopda Maidu Indians, Chico was founded in 1860 by early California pioneer General John Bidwell. Before the end of the 19th century, Chico became the northern terminus of the Sacramento Northern Railroad and was also chosen as the site for the Northern Branch of the State Normal School of California, later to become California State University, Chico. Incorporated in 1872 with a population of approximately 1,000 in an area of 6.6 square miles, Chico has since grown enormously in both size and population. The city today is the economic, cultural and educational hub of the northern Sacramento Valley.

Things to See and Do in Chico

Chico's 3,670-acre Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation, caters to many outdoor recreational tastes, including swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. The Stansbury Home, an 1883 symbol of Victorian heritage, offers visitors a taste of Chico's history. The Chico Creek Nature Center is a kid-friendly museum offering interactive displays of the area's plants, animals and natural history. The Chico Museum, housed in a 1904 library edifice, offers visitors exhibits of varied historical interest. The Chico Air Museum, the city's newest attraction, houses historic aircrafts and a wealth of aerial exhibits. Other local sites of interest include the Chico Art Center, the Chico Community Observatory, the Silver Dollar Speedway and the Coleman Historical Museum. Annual events in town include January's Annual Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway, the Chico AirFest and "Taste of Chico" events (both held in September) and the Farm City Celebration (November). The city also boasts two professional sports teams: the Chico Outlaws are an independent baseball team which plays in the Golden Baseball League (GBL). The Chico Force is a basketball team which plays in the newly-formed International Basketball League (IBL), a summer league which features teams from the West Coast and the Midwest.

Demographics

People

Total Population89,377
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens12.1%
Employed Population 16+40,996
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married34.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,598
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,672
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,504

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,233
% Above Poverty Level74.8%
% Below Poverty Level25.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone31.3%
Median Gross Rent$955
Median House Value$270,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)31.7%
German16.2%
Irish12.1%
English10%
Italian7.2%
French Except Basque3.4%
Swedish2.8%
Scottish2.5%
Norwegian2.4%
Dutch1.8%
Portuguese1.8%
Polish1.5%
Russian1.1%
Welsh1%
Danishn0.8%
Arab0.7%
Czech0.5%
Canadian0.5%
African0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Greek0.4%
Iranian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Belgian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Basque0.1%
US/American0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
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Chico Almanac

CategoryValue
County Butte County
Standard Zip Codes95926, 95928, 95973
P.O. Box Zip Codes95927
Company Zip Codes95929, 95976
Phone Area Codes530,916
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude39.74
Approximate Longitude-121.83

Chico Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCHICO UNIVERSITY FARM
Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 54 F
Apr Temp45 to 72 F
Jul Temp61 to 93 F
Oct Temp47 to 79 F
Annual Precip26.2 inches
StationPARADISE
Distance11.8 miles
Jan Temp38 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 92 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip56.2 inches
StationOROVILLE
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp36 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp62 to 95 F
Oct Temp49 to 78 F
Annual Precip28.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Biggs1,985$51,700
Corning7,548$29,319
Orland7,504$45,033
Oroville18,884$45,206
Paradise26,396$60,706

Chico Hospitals

Butte County Phf
(Government - Local)
592 Rio Lindo Avenue
Enloe Rehabilitation Center
(Non-profit)
340 West East Avenue
Enloe Medical Center - Cohasset Campus
(Non-profit)
560 Cohasset Road
Enloe Medical Center- Esplanade Campus
(Non-profit)
1531 Esplanade

Chico Public Schools

Academy For Change
290 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
High
Total Enrollment 25
Alternative For Change
290 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
High
Bidwell Junior High
2376 N. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Middle
Total Enrollment 587
Blue Oak Charter
450 W. E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Center For Alternative Learning
290 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Other
Total Enrollment 33
Chico High
901 Esplanade
ZIP: 95926
High
Total Enrollment 1769
Chico Junior High
280 Memorial Way
ZIP: 95926
Middle
Total Enrollment 639
Citrus Avenue Elementary
1350 Citrus Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Core Butte Charter
260 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 120
ZIP: 95926
Other
Total Enrollment 678
Emma Wilson Elementary
1530 W. Eighth Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
Fair View High (continuation)
290 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
High
Total Enrollment 231
Hooker Oak Elementary
1238 Arbutus Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 366
Inspire School Of Arts And Sciences
901 The Esplanade
ZIP: 95926
High
Total Enrollment 443
Loma Vista
2404 Marigold Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Other
Total Enrollment 22
Marigold Elementary
2446 Marigold Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Mcmanus (john A.) Elementary
988 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Neal Dow Elementary
1420 Neal Dow Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Oakdale
290 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Other
Total Enrollment 92
Pleasant Valley High
1475 E. Ave.
ZIP: 95926
High
Total Enrollment 1792
Shasta Elementary
169 Leora Ct.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Sherwood Montessori
746 Moss Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 145
Sierra View Elementary
1598 Hooker Oak Ave.
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Wildflower Open Classroom
2414 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 3
ZIP: 95926
Primary
Total Enrollment 133
Butte County Community School - Lead
2345 Fair St.
ZIP: 95928
High
Total Enrollment 15
Butte County Rop
2491 Carmichael Dr., Ste. 200, Rop Adult Center
ZIP: 95928
High
Chapman Elementary
1071 E. 16th St.
ZIP: 95928
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
Chico Country Day
102 W. 11th St.
ZIP: 95928
Primary
Total Enrollment 565
Little Chico Creek Elementary
2090 Amanda Way
ZIP: 95928
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Marsh (harry M.) Junior High
2253 Humboldt Rd.
ZIP: 95928
Middle
Total Enrollment 581
Parkview Elementary
1770 E. Eighth St.
ZIP: 95928
Primary
Total Enrollment 385
Pivot Charter School North Valley
2550 Lakew. Dr., Ste. 30
ZIP: 95928
Other
Total Enrollment 61
Rosedale Elementary
100 Oak St.
ZIP: 95928
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Nord Country
5554 California St.
ZIP: 95973
Primary
Total Enrollment 140

Chico Private Schools

Champion Christian School
1184 East Ave
ZIP: 95926
Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Chico Oaks Adventist School
1859 Hooker Oak Ave
ZIP: 95926
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
King's Christian Schoolthe-ag
1137 Arbutus Ave
ZIP: 95926
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Rose Scott Learning Community
850 Palmetto Avenue
ZIP: 95926
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 19
Chico Christian School
2801 Notre Dame Blvd
ZIP: 95928
Elementary
Total Enrollment 351
Notre Dame School
435 Hazel St
ZIP: 95928
Elementary
Total Enrollment 205
The Progressive Schoolhouse
2400 Notre Dame Blvd
ZIP: 95928
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
Pleasant Valley Baptist School
13539 Garner Ln
ZIP: 95973
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 48
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