Introduction to Gridley, California

Gridley, California, in Butte county, is 26 miles S of Chico and 55 miles N of Sacramento. The city is conveniently located inside the Chico-Paradise metropolitan area. 

Gridley History

Gridley was founded by George W. Gridley. Gridley made an attempt to drive sheep and cattle from Illinois to California. Although he failed and lost his animals, Gridley arrived safely and settled in the current Gridley area. Two years later he returned to Illinois only to set out for California once more. This time Gridley made it with around 600 sheep. He finally settled in Gridley and built a bungalow, covering 960 acres. With the completion of the Central Pacific Railroad track in 1870, Gridley witnessed a robust development.

Gridley and Nearby Attractions

  • Gridley Museum.
  • Community Memorial Museum.
  • Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.
  • Colusa National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Empire Mine State Historic Park.

Things To Do In Gridley

Gridley Museum provides insights into the city's history. Other local museums include the Community Memorial Museum, the Pioneer Museum and the Vacaville Museum. Lake Oroville offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and sail and power boating.

Gridley Transportation

Sacramento International is the nearest major airport.

Gridley Higher Education

Butte College, Yuba College and California State University-Chico are all nearby.


Total Population6,579
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+2,442
Age of the Population33


% of people married48.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15%
Median Earnings25+$25,727
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,389
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,577


Median Family Income$47,697
% Above Poverty Level78.4%
% Below Poverty Level21.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%


People Living Alone24.4%
Median Gross Rent$800
Median House Value$154,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gridley Almanac

Nearest Medium City 26 miles S of Chico, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City55 miles N of Sacramento, California
Metro AreaChico - Paradise
Standard Zip Codes95948
Phone Area Codes530
Time ZonePacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Gridley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance13 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
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp38 to 55 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp61 to 96 F
Oct Temp50 to 80 F
Annual Precip22 inches
StationDOBBINS 1 S
Distance26.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp40 to 69 F
Jul Temp56 to 93 F
Oct Temp44 to 77 F
Annual Precip50.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Gridley, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Gridley (95948)

Manzanita (95948)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Live Oak8,467$46,894
Yuba City66,038$55,944

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Gridley High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

A Title I School.
Serves 689 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 43 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

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