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The city of Chico is located in Butte County<1>.

Chico was established in 1843 and was incorporated January 8, 1872.

When the people of Chico refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Chicoan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Chico has a population of 105,578 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Chico is 240 feet [73 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Chico lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Chico: (530)

The ZIP codes for Chico: 95926-95929, 95973, 95976<5>

Websites for Chico ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Chico had an population of 105,578 people. This is an increase of 22.5% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 76.1% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chico had a population of 86,187 people (or 39.18% of the total population of Butte County). This makes Chico the county's most populous community.

The population of Chico represents 0.23% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 83rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 86,187 people, the population of Chico increased 43.76% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 59,954 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Chico.

Communities Also Named Chico ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 10 communities that are also named Chico - they are located in Alabama, Colorado, Kansas (2), Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Quebec, Texas and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Chico.

Communities near Chico ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Chico.

  • Orland
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
  • Paradise
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east)
  • Dayton
    (5 miles [8 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dayton
    • Dayton is located in Butte County
  • Durham
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
  • Hamilton City
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
  • Irish Town
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irish Town have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irish Town
    • Irish Town is located in Butte County
  • Nelson
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
  • Capay
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Capay have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Capay
    • Capay is located in Glenn County
  • Forest Ranch
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Ranch
    • Forest Ranch is located in Butte County
  • Nimshew
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nimshew
    • Nimshew is located in Butte County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chico. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Chico.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Chico. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Chico.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chico. Our list includes 41 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Chico.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Chico ...

Looking for more information about Chico? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Chico, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Chico.

Adding Chico to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Chico in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Chico was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Chico on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for California (1956).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Chico.

The official website for Chico:

The official website for Butte County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Butte, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Chico refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Chico may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chico.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chico - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Chico). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Chico or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Chico includes: 95926, 95927, 95928, 95973 & 95976.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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