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Your housing options include:

  • Established neighborhoods within walking distance of downtown and Bidwell Park.

  • Luxurious executive homes at a fraction of Bay Area prices.

  • New urban developments integrating homes, parks, and commercial districts.

  • Energy-efficient, solar-powered neighborhoods.

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Living in Chico is a dream for those who love the outdoors. Winters are generally mild with lows dipping into the 20s during the coldest months. In the summer, highs can reach the low-100s.  No matter the time of year, there is always something to get you outside.



Spanning 3,670 acres, Bidwell Park is one of the largest city parks in the country. The park features miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are several swimming holes, a disc golf course, a nature center, and an observatory. Big Chico Creek Canyon runs for five miles through the park, offering breathtaking views.


Fed by the Feather River, Lake Oroville is the second largest reservoir in California. Just a 40-minute drive from Chico, the lake is a popular destination for boating, swimming, and water skiing. The lake is stocked with coho salmon from the Feather River Fish hatchery, and is nationally renowned for bass fishing. The area surrounding the lake is filled with recreational opportunities including camping, and hiking to the amazing Feather Falls — the sixth tallest waterfall in the United States.


Originating in the mountains of northern California and running nearly 400 miles south to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River is the largest river in the state. Flowing just a short drive east of Chico, the river is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Chicoans escape the heat of summer by floating down the river in canoes, kayaks, or inner tubes, and anglers fish for salmon and steelhead. Birdwatchers will find osprey, eagles, hawks, and more. After a day of exploring, grab a bite to eat at a riverside cafe, or one of the picnic spots that line the banks.

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  • California State University, Chico
  • 10 TK-6 Elementary Schools
  • 1  K-8 Hands on Thematic Learning Community
  • 1  K-6 Magnet School for the Two Way Spanish Immersion Program
  • 3  Junior High Schools
  • 2  Comprehensive High Schools
  • 1  Charter High School (Focus: Arts & Sciences)
  • 1  Continuation High School
  • 1  Community Day School
  • 1  K-8 Independent Study School
  • 1  Special Services School



CARD (Chico Area Recreation and Park District) provides programs and activities for residents of all ages, including:

  • Archery
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Fencing
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Senior Sports
  • Toddler sports


Chico Heat Baseball

Spend an afternoon with family and friends at Nettleton Stadium watching premier college athletes play ball. This Great West League team gives top-notch players a path to a professional career.

Butte Community College

Home of Super Bowl MVP, Aaron Rodgers and NFL Hall of Famer, Larry Allen, Butte Community College has earned notable wins throughout their sports programs. The Roadrunner football team has won two national championships, two state championships, and dozens of bowl games. 

Chico State

Wildcat sports teams have a long history of winning championships — and entertaining fans. Cheer on the Division II College World Series champion baseball team, or the conference champion Women’s basketball team. There’s something for every fan in every season, from softball, and soccer to volleyball and track & field.


In Chico, runners of every level can find the perfect terrain for training. The parks and neighborhoods of Chico provide plenty of options — from level, tree-lined roads, to challenging creekside trails.


Chico is a bike-friendly city. Cyclists can find routes in a full range of lengths and terrain to challenge every skill level. From mountain biking in the foothills, to scenic flat-road routes, there are plenty of options. Check out the Chico Velo website at for maps and news about cycling events.

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