Introduction to Paradise, California

Paradise, California, in Butte county, is 11 miles E of Chico, California (center to center) and 81 miles N of Sacramento, California. The town is included in the Chico-Paradise metropolitan area. 

Paradise History

The Paradise Ridge was initially occupied by the Maidu Indians who lived here for nearly 10,000 years before the arrival of white settlers. The onset of the Gold Rush brought miners from all around the world. After the gold rush slowed down, the Paradise area continued to thrive as an agricultural area. Today, Paradise and surrounding communities continue to grow as more visitors discover this beautiful city with its breathtaking scenery and fresh air.

Paradise and Nearby Attractions

  • Gold Nugget Museum.
  • Paradise Recreation Park District.
  • Community Park Medical Center.
  • Paradise Memorial Park.
  • Paradise Community Park.
  • Moore Road Ball Park.

Things To Do In Paradise

The city is heaven for nature lovers due to its breathtaking natural beauty. Those who love skydiving can enjoy the sport in Paradise, as the city is ideal for skydiving. Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is a popular recreation area in the city where people can enjoy various recreation activities. The nightlife of Paradise is interesting and fun with places like Gold Country Casino making it more lively.

Paradise Transportation

The Oakland International airport provides near-direct access to Paradise.

Paradise Higher Education

California State University-Chico is the nearest college that serves the city.


Total Population 26,289
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 24%
Employed Population 16+ 9,761
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,977
% Above Poverty Level 84%
% Below Poverty Level 16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 8.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $928
Median House Value $199,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.9%
US/American 0%
English 15.5%
Irish 14.1%

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

Paradise Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles E of Chico, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 81 miles N of Sacramento, California
County Butte
Metro Area Chico - Paradise
Standard Zip Codes 95969
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95967
Phone Area Codes 530
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.759
Longitude -121.62

Paradise Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 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
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 54 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 61 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 79 F
Annual Precip 26.2 inches
Distance 17.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Biggs 1,765 $39,375
Chico 88,455 $61,365
Oroville 16,060 $44,892

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

Paradise Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(530) 877-9361
Emergency Service: Yes

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Paradise High Schools

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Serves 1,658 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 71 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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