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Overview

Introduction to Oroville, California

Oroville, California, in Butte county, is 21 miles SE of Chico, California (center to center) and 64 miles N of Sacramento, California.

Oroville History

Oroville was established along the banks of Feather River during the Gold Rush. When gold was found at Bidwell Bar, it became one of California's first sites of gold mining. This led to a rush of thousands of gold miners to Oroville. 'Ishi, who was probably the last remaining Indian from his 'Stone Age' tribe who left his natural habitat and joined the western civilization, also made his home in Oroville.

Oroville and Nearby Attractions

  • Heritage Oaks Station.
  • Oroville Chinese Temple.
  • Oroville Dam.
  • Lake Oroville State Rec Area.
  • Barry R Kirshner Wildlife.
  • Feather River Fish Hatchery.

Things To Do In Oroville

There are many areas of tourist interest in Oroville. The Oroville Dam is among the 20 largest dams of the world. One should also visit the Mother Orange tree which is supposed to be the oldest orange tree in Northern California. Tours are available to the fish hatchery. There are a number of parks and a bike trail as well.

Oroville Transportation

The Sacramento International Airport serves the area.

Oroville Higher Education

The area is served by Butte College.

People

Total Population 16,060
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,959
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 33.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,892
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $748
Median House Value $158,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 13.6%

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

Oroville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SE of Chico, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles N of Sacramento, California
County Butte
Standard Zip Codes 95965, 95966
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95915, 95940, 95980
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.513
Longitude -121.555

Oroville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station OROVILLE
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 62 to 95 F
Oct Temp 49 to 78 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches
Station PARADISE
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 56.2 inches
Station MARYSVILLE
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 55 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 61 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 80 F
Annual Precip 22 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Butte Valley (95965)

Cherokee (95965)

Feather Falls (95940)

Ganser Bar (95915)

Honcut (95965)

Hurleton (95965)

Jarbo (95965)

Las Plumas (95965)

Oak Grove (95965)

Oregon City (95965)

Pentz (95965)

Pulga (95965)

Robinsons Corner (95965)

Rock Creek (95980)

Rock Crest (95980)

Rogers Flat (95980)

Villa Verona (95965)

Wyandotte (95965)

Yankee Hill (95965)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Biggs 1,765 $39,375
Chico 88,455 $61,365
Gridley 6,579 $47,697
Live Oak 8,467 $46,894
Paradise 26,289 $57,977

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

Oroville Public Libraries

Library
Butte County Library
1820 MITCHELL AVE.
Oroville, California
(530) 538-7240

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Oroville Hospitals

OROVILLE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2767 OLIVE HIGHWAY
(530) 533-8500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oroville High Schools

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LAS PLUMAS HIGH
2380 LAS PLUMAS AVE.
530-538-2310
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,513 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

OROVILLE HIGH
1535 BRIDGE ST.
530-538-2320
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,154 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.3

LEARNING COMMUNITY CHARTER
1859 BIRD ST.
530-538-7871
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 492 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

CHALLENGE CHARTER HIGH
2425 MYERS ST
530-538-2359
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.3

PROSPECT HIGH (CONT.)
2060 SECOND ST.
530-538-2330
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

SPECIAL EDUCATION
1859 BIRD ST.
530-532-5791
A Special Education School
Serves 87 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

JUVENILE HALL/COMMUNITY
2120B ROBINSON ST.
530-532-5688
A Non-traditional School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

OROVILLE HIGH COMMUNITY DAY
2060 SECOND ST. #C
530-538-2330
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

SOUTH COUNTY COMMUNITY DAY
2120-A ROBINSON ST.
530-532-5751
A Non-traditional School
Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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