Butte County, California

Butte County: County in California, United States


Butte County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 220,000 and a population density of 51 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 212,744 inhabitants. Its county seat is Oroville. The county was created 173 years ago in 1849.

Quick Facts about Butte County

Population : 212,744 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
Different from : Butts County, Butte County, Butte County
Twitter username : countyofbutte
Area : 4344 km2
Water as percent of area : 2.27%
Land as percent of area : 97.73%
Named for : Sutter Buttes
Altitude : 663 feet / 202 meters
Capital : Oroville
Establishment : January 01, 1850
Time Zone : Pacific Time Zone
Local time : 16:22:11 (7th February 2023)
Density : 49 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -3.41% (2010-2020)
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Location of Butte County on California map.
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Butte County is located at 39°40'1"N 121°36'2"W (39.6669300, -121.6006700). It has 6 neighbors: Colusa County, Glenn County, Plumas County, Sutter County, Yuba County and Tehama County.

Butte County map

The largest city of Butte County is Chico with a population of 102,867. Other cities include, Oroville population 20,237, Gridley population 7,397, Paradise population 4,329 and Biggs population 2,025. See all Butte County cities & populated places.

Butte County Populated Places

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Butte County.

City Name Population Title
Chico 102,867 City in Butte County, California, United States
Oroville 20,237 County seat of Butte County, California, USA
Magalia 11,310 Census-designated place in Butte County, California
Gridley 7,397 City in California
Thermalito 6,646 Census-designated place in Butte County, California
South Oroville 5,742 Census designated place
Paradise 4,329 City in Butte County, California
Biggs 2,025 City in California, USA
Concow 710 Census-designated place in Butte County, California

Butte County has 6 neighbours.

  • Oroville


According to census records, the population of Butte County decreased by 3.41% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 220,000 - census
2011 219,975 -0.01% estimation process
2012 220,869 0.4% estimation process
2013 221,641 0.35% estimation process
2014 223,516 0.84% estimation process
2015 224,631 0.5% estimation process
2016 226,231 0.71% estimation process
2017 228,696 1.08% estimation process
2018 230,339 0.71% estimation process
2019 219,186 -5.09% estimation process
2020 212,744 -3.03% estimation process

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People born in Butte County (5)

People born in Butte County, including architect Marie Russak, businessman Steve Appleton, writer, performer and cultural critic Cintra Wilson, .


Other places with the same name (3)

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