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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Chico is a town in California with a population of 91,998. Chico is in Butte County. Living in Chico offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Chico there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Chico and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Chico are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$305,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,044
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Chico Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    442.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    91.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    112.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    346.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,868
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    334.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    23%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Chico

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,359
National
$55,322
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I love Chico, California and I love Chico State! I truly believe I found who I really am while spending my college career in Chico. The people here are very friendly, driven, helpful, supportive, and so were my Civil Engineering professors! I would recommend Chico state to ANYBODY who hasn't quite made a decision on which college to attend. The only thing I would change about Chico would be to tackle the homeless issue as there are certain parts of town that could benefit from the addition of a few shelters.
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This is a small town that feels bigger than it really is because of the university and all the students it brings into the area. In the summer when the students leave the town feels quiet and rural, there's a peacefulness and you can get anywhere in town within 5-10 minutes. But by August, everyone is ready for the happy excitement that the students bring to town. It's really unique to have a town that shifts and rotates like that, and it's really nice!

There are so many little family neighborhoods with playgrounds. The night life is central to the university, so heading that way for plays, wine bars, or small town nightclubs is great for a night on the town, but the rest of the city is very family oriented.

Chico is an hour or so North of Sacramento and 90 min South of Lake Shasta. Lake Almanor is about an hour East, and the Pacific coast is about 3+ hours West.
Chico is a town that at a glance on a map you would not think twice about it unless you went to college there or you are looking to apply to colleges. The town itself has many wonderful areas that promote an active lifestyle through areas such as Bidwell Park. The town itself is currently expanding after a fire burned down the towns surrounding Chico in the foothills. Due to this traumatic experience for many, Chico has grown even more to accept and help out the many families affected by the fire. Overall, Chico is a town that I have grown up in my entire life, I have seen it flourish, flounder, and then continue to flourish. I hope to see it continue to flourish and work towards a common goal.