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The City of Chico is ideally located in the Northern Sacramento Valley, approximately ninety miles north of Sacramento. The City has grown to over 33 square miles with a population of 87,000 in the incorporated area and a greater urbanized area population of approximately 105,000. Chico is a host to medical, retail, financial, and agricultural services – more... to the North State. Chico is a beautiful city that values quality of life, and maintains a special sense of community and small-town living. Chico is also known as a vibrant regional center for business, recreation and cultural activities. Residents pride themselves on preserving local heritage and natural resources, with emphasis on sustainability.

There are many recreational opportunities in Chico, including Bidwell Park. The park is one of the largest municipally owned parks in the country (3,670 acres), is the focal point of the City’s park system and offers numerous trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use. Other recreational and scenic opportunities easily accessible from Chico include the Sacramento River; lakes Oroville, Almanor, and Shasta; the Sierra Nevada Mountains; Lassen Volcanic National Park; Mount Shasta; and various ski areas. The City is conveniently located within three hours driving to the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe regions. Chico’s historic downtown provides many age groups with choices for entertainment, shopping and dining.

Having been previously awarded with the distinction of “one of the best downtowns” among mid-size cities in the nation, Chico continues to look for options to enhance and improve what is already seen as a cherished environment for local merchants and restaurants. At the heart of the area is CSU Chico, which we are very proud to be home to. Housing options are abundant and varied in type, offering family-oriented neighborhoods with tree-lined streets and quality schools.
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