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-Some college-town amenities
-Mild winters
-Nearby mountains


-High unemployment
-Low ethnic diversity

What Bert Has To Say About Chico Metro Area

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.

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Quick Facts About Chico

    The unemployment rate in Chico is 6.00 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Chico jobs have Increased by 1.45 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Chico's cost of living is 18.70% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Chico's population is 90,316 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 125.35 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Chico is $289,400. Home appreciation the last year has been -14.73 percent.
    Chico public schools spend $9,313 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 23.5 students per teacher in Chico.

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Awesome Family Town!
I'm from the Central Coast and always considered Chico a party town. I was surprised when we moved here three years ago to find an awesome family town. Great parks,... (read more)
Chico totally not the same
I just went to Chico a couple weeks ago and spent a couple days there. I went to college there in the late 80's and even though, that was quite some time ago...the place... (read more)
Quality of Life in 2011
In a nut shell, Chico is basically a mini-Sacramento. There may be some gangs as a couple of people reported, but every town has trouble-makers and most of the hubbub... (read more)
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