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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Oroville is a town in California with a population of 19,040. Oroville is in Butte County. Living in Oroville offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Oroville there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Oroville and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$177,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$815
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Oroville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    344
    282.7
  • Murder
    20.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    166.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    792.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,247.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,078.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    41%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Oroville

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,712
National
$55,322
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After the WildFire in Paradise, I moved to Oroville. there are many good things here, and a few very bad.
Housing is relatively inexpensive, the public grade schools that my grandchildren attend are excellent.
My neighbors are great, there are quite a few fun and educational things to do and see, some rare historical places you can visit. They often have public activities downtown for adults and children, and many outdoor places to go. There's a quaint downtown area with many older Victorian homes and a very busy YMCA with a heated pool.
Unfortunately, there is an overwhelming homeless population that's allowed to loiter and make camp anywhere... from the downtown area to the public parks all the residential areas. Our town police department is unconcerned (I doubt it's their personal choice) when calls are reported due to illegal homeless activities. They do not keep the law-abiding, home-owning, tax-paying citizens or their park playing children of our community safe.
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I think Oroville is a beautiful place. We have one of the biggest man made dams, beautiful hikes with waterfalls close by, the famous table mountain, and much more. We have the lake right there which makes summer so much more fun. You don't have to travel far to have a great time with friends and family. We are right in the middle of everything. It is a decent 2-3 hour drive to everywhere. The beaches, the snow, the city, the country. We are right smack in the middle. You could even drive to Oregon for a day or two if you'd like! I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is such a small town. We have only one major road. All in all though, I think Oroville is amazing. We have a variety of schools in Oroville from public to homeschool to adult and even for students who need extra help.
What I love about Oroville is how industrialization hasn't taken over the town and nature is all around. For example, Table Mountain and the Feather River are both prominent features about Oroville's natural environment. These places give Oroville a more welcoming and peaceful mood, rather than a big city. What I also love about Oroville is the recreational events that take place. Feather Fiesta Days and the Salmon Run are just two of the events that take place in Oroville annually. Such events bring the community together and provide a place for families to go out and enjoy their life. Also, such events provide exposure to companies that can benefit from people getting out. The preservation and presence of nature and community events are just two of many reasons why the City of Oroville is 4/5 stars.