The City of Chico was founded in 1860
by General John Bidwell, and became incorporated in 1872 with a population of approximately 1000 persons in an area of 6.6
square miles. By 2001, the City of Chico had grown to include a population of
64,581 persons in an area of 22 square miles.
Chico is located in California’s
Sacramento Valley, a large and agriculturally
rich basin that runs through the northern center of the state between Sacramento
and Redding, Chico can be found in
Butte County, east of Interstate 5, on
Courtesy of the City of Chico
Located 90 miles
north of Sacramento, the City of Chico
lies within the northern end of the lush Sacramento Valley,
and is Butte County's largest city. Chico,
and much of Butte County, has some of
the richest agricultural land in the world. Chico and the surrounding area also
contain an abundance of business and recreational opportunities. Bidwell Park,
for example, is the third largest municipally owned park in the United States
(3,670 acres). Our community is conveniently located to Sacramento, the San
Francisco Bay area and the Lake Tahoe region,
and retains the charm of a small town while offering excellent medical services, school systems, and multi-cultural attractions.
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City of Chico: (530) 895-4800
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Chico Museum: (530) 891-4336
Chico, California is located in Butte County, in scenic North Central California.
Paradise - the name conjures up a vision of Heaven! This mountain
ridge community is not on the way to anywhere except the small town of Magalia. It ranges in elevation from about 1700 feet
to perhaps 2500 feet as it goes from south to north; rising from the valley floor to the Cascade Mountains or the Sierras
(depending on which geologist you consult). There is a rich history on our Paradise Ridge; gold mining; logging; rugged mountain
pioneers who came to this ridge about one hundred and fifty years ago.
involves somewhat rainy winters (bountiful forests love that) and warm dry summers. All sorts of natural recreation opportunities
exist on the ridge yet it are not so isolated that people can not descend to the valley cities to sample the amenities
they offer. High enough above the valley floor to be relatively smog and fog free; yet not so high for the winters to
be a constant battle with snow (there is some white stuff in some years, however; and snowmobiling is a popular winter
pastime in the mountains above Paradise). Close enough to Lake Oroville for lots of summer boating fun; and close enough to mountain forests for nature exploration. In short; the
communities have a lot to offer those who are tired of the city rat race!
Census information is not yet available from the most recent tally;
however the 1990 census counted just under 27,000 people for the town of Paradise itself and just under 10,000 folks for the
Magalia area. Our growth rate is somewhat modest, which is what most folks here prefer.
Typical housing prices in our communities range from $120,000 to $150,000 with homes of course available at prices
above and below those figures. Conventional houses generally are on properties in the 1/3 to 2/3 acre size, with variety,
of course. Manufactured housing is also available; perhaps more in Magalia than in Paradise proper. There are numerous Mobile Home parks; generally for Senior Citizens, and in many cases with
very affordable sales prices.
Located in Butte County, the Paradise Magalia Communities are approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento; 500 miles north of Los Angeles; 180 miles north east of San Francisco. Closer to home are Chico; about 15~20 miles away, and Oroville
which is perhaps 25 miles from the Paradise Ridge
Paradise Town Hall
Paradise Unified School District (530) 872-6400
Chamber of Commerce (530) 877-9356