Chico, California

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City of Chico, California
Rancho del Arroyo Chico
City
City Plaza in Chico
Nickname(s): City of Roses
Location of Chico in California
Coordinates: 39°44′24″N 121°50′8″W / 39.74°N 121.83556°W / 39.74; -121.83556Coordinates: 39°44′24″N 121°50′8″W / 39.74°N 121.83556°W / 39.74; -121.83556
Country United States
State California
County Butte
Settled 1843
Founded 1860
Incorporated January 8, 1872
Founded by John Bidwell
Government
 • Type Charter city, Council-manager government
 • Mayor Ann Schwab
 • City Council

Scott Gruendl
Larry Wahl
Ann Schwab
Mary Flynn
Tom Nickell

Jim Walker
 • City Manager David Burkland[1]
 • State Leg. Sen. Sam Aanestad (R)
Asm. Rick Keene (R)
 • U. S. Congress Wally Herger (R)
Area
 • City 27.8 sq mi (71.9 km2)
 • Land 27.7 sq mi (71.8 km2)
 • Water > .01 sq mi (0.036 km2)
Elevation 245 ft (74 m)
Population (2000 census)
 • City 59,954
 • Density 2,161.0/sq mi (834.5/km2)
 • Metro 212,968
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 95926, 95927, 95928, 95929, 95973, 95976
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-13014
Demonym Chicoan
GNIS feature ID 1655890

Chico is a big city in the Central Valley of the American state of California. It is in the northern part of the state. Chico is in the Sacramento Valley close to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The city has a population of 79,091. People first started living in Chico in 1843. The city was founded in 1860 and started to govern itself in 1872.

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