Chico, California

Chico: The most populous city in Butte County, California. It is located in the Sacramento Valley in northern California. Chico is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park and the Chico State University Art Museum.


Chico is a city located in the county of Butte in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 86,187. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 102,867 inhabitants.

The city was created 164 years ago in 1859.

The city of Chico is located in northern California, about 90 miles north of Sacramento. Chico was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell who established a ranch in the area.

Key Facts About Chico

Chico has a population of over 102,000 residents and serves as the cultural hub of the northern Sacramento Valley.

The climate is hot and dry in the summer, with cooler/wetter winters. Average summer highs reach the mid 90s Fahrenheit.

The economy includes agriculture, retail, education, and tourism. Chico State University and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company are major employers.

Popular Attractions in Chico

Some of the highlight attractions that draw visitors to Chico include:

  • The Bidwell Park which spans over 3,600 acres along Big Chico Creek.
  • The Chico Air Museum displaying vintage aircraft and memorabilia.
  • Chico Creek Nature Center offering nature trails and exhibits.
  • Chico Certified Farmer’s Market open year-round with fresh local produce.
  • Downtown Chico's shops, restaurants, galleries and bars.

In summary, the lively college town of Chico offers a mix of outdoor recreation, arts and culture, agriculture, and nightlife in the northern Sacramento Valley region. The community takes pride in its history and natural surroundings.

Chico locator map
Location of Chico on California map.

Quick Facts about Chico

Population : 102,867 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Butte County
Different from : Chino
Water as percent of area : 0.52%
Land as percent of area : 99.48%
Altitude : 197 feet / 60 meters
Establishment : January 01, 1860 (164 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Los_Angeles
Local time : 17:49:59 (17th May 2024)
Postal code : 95926
Population growth : 16.22% (2010-2020)
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ChicoSquare image


Chico is located at 39°43'43"N 121°50'15"W (39.7284900, -121.8374800).

Chico map

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The population of Chico increased by 16.22% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 86,187 - census
2011 87,269 1.24% estimation process
2012 87,915 0.73% estimation process
2013 88,362 0.51% estimation process
2014 89,491 1.26% estimation process
2015 90,369 0.97% estimation process
2016 91,564 1.31% estimation process
2017 93,066 1.61% estimation process
2018 94,342 1.35% estimation process
2019 103,301 8.67% estimation process
2020 102,867 -0.42% estimation process

Chico zip code is 95926. County name: Butte, County fips: 06007

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People born in Chico (57)

People born in Chico, including basketball player Zack Whiting, football quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts Niki Tsongas, .


  • Haley Cope (American swimmer, Olympic silver medalist, world champion, former world record-holder) she was born in 11/04/1979
  • Pat Mastelotto (American musician) he was born in 10/09/1955
  • Evan MacLane (American professional baseball pitcher) he was born in 04/11/1982
  • Donovan Scott (American actor, film director) he was born in 29/09/1947
  • Ernest E. Wood (American politician (1875-1952)) he was born in 24/08/1875
  • Matt Lucena (US tennis player) he was born in 04/08/1969
  • Emily Azevedo (American hurdler and bobsledder) she was born in 28/04/1983
  • Kyle Lohse (American baseball player) he was born in 04/10/1978
  • Brett Ratliff (American football quarterback) he was born in 08/08/1985
  • Brian Cage (American professional wrestler) he was born in 02/02/1984
  • Robert C. Stebbins (American herpetologist) he was born in 31/03/1915
  • Russell Hayden (American actor (1912-1981)) he was born in 12/06/1912
  • Arleigh Williams (American football player (1912-1991)) he was born in 27/10/1912
  • Bo Wininger (American golfer) he was born in 16/11/1922
  • Margaret Bechard (American writer) she was born in 01/01/1953
  • Clay Dalrymple (American baseball player) he was born in 03/12/1936
  • Doug Rogers (American football player) he was born in 23/06/1960
  • Douglas Tilden (California artist, sculptor) he was born in 01/05/1860

Schools in Chico

College & universities near Chico, CA

Code Name City ZIP
110538 California State University-Chico Chico (CA) 95929-0150
487773 Butte County Regional Occupational Program Chico (CA) 95928-7191
110246 Butte College Oroville (CA) 95965-8399

Stations (12)

Amtrak & bus stations near Chico, CA

Code Name Address Type
CIC Chico station West 5th and Orange Streets RAIL
ORV Oroville, California Hwy 70 and Grand Ave. BUS
CNG Corning, California 1081 Solano Street BUS
RBF Red Bluff, California 228 S. Main Street BUS
MRV Marysville, California I Street between 8th and 9th BUS

Post offices near Chico

Post Office Name City ZIP
Midtown Ch Post Office Chico (CA) 95928
Ch Post Office Chico (CA) 95926
Durham Post Office Durham (CA) 95938
Hamilton City Post Office Hamilton City (CA) 95951
Forest Ranch Post Office Forest Ranch (CA) 95942

Other places with the same name (2)

  • Chico , Texas City in Wise County, Texas, United States with a population of 1,199 people.

Other cities in Butte County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Butte County , CA.

City Name Population Title
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

Distance to Other Cities

Chico distances to largest California cities