Located 90 miles north of Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley, the City of Chico was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell and incorporated in 1872. The City of Chico has grown to over 33 square miles with a population of 90,000, with a greater urbanized area population of approximately 100,000. Chico is a well-managed city that values families, outdoor life, community events, high quality education, public safety, excellent infrastructure and services, and maintains a special sense of community and small-town living as it has developed into a vibrant regional center. Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipally owned parks in the nation (3,670 acres), is the focal point of the City’s park system and offers numerous trails for biking, hiking and equestrian use.
Enjoying the weather of northern California, the city opens its streets to all the community members. Chico is proud of the historic building at 3rd & Salem Streets, a monument to faith in this community, only a block from a major university.