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Rancho del Arroyo Chico
Location of Chico in California
Location of Chico in California
Country United States
State California
County Butte
Settled 1843
Founded 1860
Incorporated January 8, 1872
Founded by John Bidwell
 • 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)
 • City 27.8 sq mi (71.9 km2)
 • Land 27.7 sq mi (71.8 km2)
 • Water > .01 sq mi (0.036 km2)
245 ft (74 m)
 • City 59,954
 • Density 2,161.0/sq mi (834.5/km2)
 • Metro

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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