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A+ Chico Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Chico Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% lower than California
11616% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Chico cost of living
F Chico Crime Total crime is 47% higher than California
Total crime
4,33357% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2457% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Chico crime
D- Chico Employment Household income is 32% lower than California
Median household income
$43,14822% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,94816% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%25% higher than the US average
Chico employment
F Chico Housing Home value is 34% lower than California
Median home value
$270,90047% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9551% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Chico real estate or Chico rentals
D Chico Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than California
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:121% higher than the US average
Chico K-12 schools or Chico colleges

Living in Chico, CA

Located in the state of California, Chico is a moderately-sized city with a population of 89,377 people. At 83%, the majority of the Chico population is White; this is followed by 4% Asian and 2% Black. The median age of all Chico residents is 30, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Chico, California could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Chico and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

With a livability score of 67/100, Chico is ranked #15,400 in the United States and #559 in California. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Chico ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Chico. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (F), education (D), employment (D-) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Chico on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Bidwell Park, and Bidwell Mansion.

Chico real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Chico. The median home price for Chico homes is $270,900, which is 33.8% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Chico, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.3, which is 1.6% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Chico area were 5.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.9%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Good place with a few flaws

Pros: -Farmers market is awesome, -big Chico creek is there to cool off in the summer, -Sacramento river and feather River nearby for striper and salmon fishing, -restaurants are reasonably priced and actually one of the best restaurants I've ever been to is here called Leon's bistro(and the taco trucks are on point)-reasonably priced rental housingCons: -homeless people here are coming from susanville (worst of the worst) and obviously meth is a big factor-Summer and early autumn is ungodly hot with temperatures in the nineties and hundreds for months on end, -you're 4.5 hours drive from the nearest ocean-your air conditioning bill will be outrageously high add 200 bucks to normal electric bill in hot months if you want to be comfortable
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Has gone downhill FAST

Chico used to be such a nice little town, up until around 15 years ago. It's always had a few problems with the local "College kids" getting drunk, stoned, and rowdy, but crime has now skyrocketed.We have huge problems with the army of homeless bums here. Heroin use is through the roof, and used needles and human feces can be found in pretty much every single park and homeless area. Meth use has quadrupled in just 2 years, and property theft and violence rose accordingly. Worst of all, marijuana growers and cartels have infested the surrounding foothills, and they are destroying our pristine environment at an alarming rate.The city is now a major hub for the most rabid of Liberals, and our once safe and clean streets have turned into a filthy, homeless-filled, graffitti-marked nightmare. Our Colleges have turned into Socialistic gulags bent on turning our kids into Marxists.I am currently in the process of moving out of Chico, California, and into the sane, clean, safe, affordable state of Nevada.
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You'll Be Surprised at the Quaint Town of Chico, CA

Prior to visiting Chico, California in May of 2009, for a wedding, I didn't have very high expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised upon visiting this California town, at what a quaint hidden gem it was. We stayed at the Diamond Hotel, for the wedding at it was one of the nicest establishments I have stayed at, truly a five-star resort experience. The hotel is located near the downtown area which is clean, and full of tons of little shops and restaurants, that are in no way touristy. If you're looking for a meal you won't soon forget, visit the Spice Creek Cafe, they provide interesting combinations of foods and unique takes on classic dishes, to serve up delectable meals you won't soon forget.

Another great thing about Chico is the amount of city parks and greenery in the area. Bidwell Park was our favorite. There are also a good amount of quality golf courses, that all of the men in our party really enjoyed. If you are a beer drinker, you must visit Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, it is a great overall experience and they have fantastic beers available to enjoy or sample. It is truly a must-see when in Chico!
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Source: The Chico, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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