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Overview
Population:86,391
Pop. Change:9%
State: California
Metro Area: Chico Metro Area
County: Butte County
City:Chico
Zip Code:95926, 95928, ... 3 total
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Chico's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Chico Metro Area

Profile: Small town/College town

Location: Northern California, northeastern portion of the Central Valley at the foot of the Sierra range.

Elevation: 230

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

PROCON
Some college-town amenitiesIsolation
Mild wintersHigh unemployment
Nearby mountainsLow ethnic diversity

Chico is home to a major campus of the California State University and a variety of agricultural activities. Nearby mountains, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Lake Almanor offer outdoor recreation. “Chico State” as the school is known locally brings a few college amenities to the area but it falls short of description as a classic college town. While summers can be unbearably hot and dry, winters are pleasant and many outdoor activities can be pursued throughout the year. The decline of the forest-products industry has led to unemployment, and the poor air service and 2[bf] 1/2-hour drive to Sacramento are negatives. Agricultural processing, supporting a large area of fruit and orchard land to the southwest, is an economic mainstay. There are a number of retirement and resort communities in the mountains northeast -- Paradise is an example – and support of these communities adds to the Chico economy. On a California scale, housing, cost of living, and crime are all reasonable, but rankings are done on a national scale.

The immediate terrain is flat to gently rolling and agricultural. Immediately to the east, grassland, oak-studded foothills begin to rise. Mt. Lassen, an 11,000-foot dormant volcano, dominates the skyline to the northeast. Nearby are numerous steep canyons, notably the Feather River Canyon. Climate is typical Central Valley Mediterranean, with long, hot, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Summer days are usually cloudless and in the 90s or low 100s. Evenings may be cooled by mountain air or by “delta” breezes from the San Francisco Bay.

Interesting Facts about Chico, California

As of 2014, Chico's population is 86,391 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.40 percent.

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The median home cost in Chico is $257,800. Home appreciation the last year has been 10.30 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Chico's cost of living is 22.80% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Chico public schools spend $11,245 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21 students per teacher in Chico.

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The unemployment rate in Chico is 8.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chico jobs have Increased by 1.06 percent.


Ranked #20 Best Green Cities
Ranked #43 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #281 2005 Best Places to Live
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Map Of Chico

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Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Chico's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes