Rates Chico One Of The Top 17 Most Affordable Cities in the U.S. For 2016

If you love living in California, Chico is the place to be! Rated as one of the most affordable cities in the U.S., noted that unlike our coastal neighbors, Chico's cost of living is 4% lower than other cities in the Golden State. 

With our gorgeous parks, access to water, mountains, and deserts Chico really is a mecca for those who love life and want to enjoy the great outdoors.  Oh, and let's not forget about beer and food.  With Sierra Nevada Brewery and top-notch dining, hop-heads and foodies alike are in hog heaven. 


Upworthy Magazine Votes Sycamore Pool As One Of 9 Gorgeous Chemical-free Pools to Dive Into This Summer

Chico's Sycamore Pool was recognized by Upworthy Magazine as one of "9 gorgeous chemical-free swimming pools to dive into this summer."  We couldn't agree more!

Sycamore pool is manmade and was created by diverting water from Big Chico Creek. The water flows along with fish and other aquatic life making swimming in Sycamore Pool a unique experience.  

The pool is cleaned by the Parks department regularly and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Located at One Mile in lower Bidwell Park, we encourage you to swing by, grab a cone from the snack shack, pull up some lawn and have a ball!

See all 9 locations here.

CSU Chico Ranks #3 for "50 Best Engineering Schools 2016"

Congratulations to California State University, Chico for landing the number 3 spot in the "50 Best Engineering Schools 2016" by Best Value Colleges. 

Chico State's affordability and quality education earned them a top spot. Chico State's College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management was mentioned as "one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in the Northwest".  

According to Best Value Colleges, "If you want one of the best engineering degrees for sustainability and ecoconscious building, there is no place better than CSU Chico."  

View the entire list here.

Chico Apartments Land National Design Award

AEP Span, produces performance rated architectural metal wall and roof panels for commercial, industrial and residential applications.

The ChicoER states, "Known for its bright colors, the Portland Place apartments at West Sixth and Orange streets have been recognized by the large U.S. metal roof and siding manufacturer involved in the project.

Washington-state based AEP Span bestowed Project of the Year honors on the complex, which is owned by Dan Gonzales of Fifth Sun graphics in Chico.

“The Portland Place was selected for its unique design, use of color, and contribution to Chico’s vibrant college community,” according to John Provencal, AEP Span marketing manager."

Read the full article here.

Sunset Magazine ranks Chico as one of the Best Places to Reboot Your Life

Sunset Magazine Getty Images

Sunset Magazine Getty Images

According to Sunset,  "Beauty and brains: Chico has a charming downtown and the 3,670-acre Bidwell Park. It’s also fertile ground for budding businesses, thanks to support from groups like Innovate North State, plus the tech-savvy students at California State University, Chico."

Business is definitely abuzz here. Visit Chico Start (our local incubator) to learn about new and exciting start-ups and Chico Chamber to stay in the loop!

View the list here.

Forbes: Chico, CA Featured as An Unlikely Start-up Location

Forbes magazine featured Chico, CA in the article entitled Why the 'wrong' location can be a startup's hidden strength.

Beber founder Arielle Danan   (Photo credit: Emily Teague)

Beber founder Arielle Danan (Photo credit: Emily Teague)

Highlighting Chico-born and raised companies such as, College Scheduler and Beber Almond Milk, the author explains how Chico provides a fascinating example of how the startup spirit can take hold in the most unlikely places and drive success.

Covering the accessibility of an educated, enthusiastic workforce and the support of the local incubator, ChicoStart, the article also features Chico State's Center for Entrepreneurship who's mission is to teach students the basics of making a business plan, encourage them to think on their feet, provide opportunities with role models and push them out on their own.

Chico provides an environment for innovators that's both encouraging and supportive. 

Read the entire piece here

San Jose Mercury News calls Chico a "Charming Weekend Getaway"

We know it, but it's certainly nice to be recognized from those afar. The San Jose Mercury news cited Chico as a "Charming weekend getaway" with our quirky boutiques and tasty eateries.  

Whether you're a resident, visiting or just driving through there is plenty to do while you're here. Visit Chico Chamber or Downtown Chico websites for guides, maps and places of interest.  

Read the entire article here.

Chico One of Best Green Cities 2007

Country Home Magazine, along with Sperling's BestPlaces, listed its Best Green Places to Live in America. 

Chico's Sycamore Pool. Photo credit: Danie Schwartz

Chico's Sycamore Pool. Photo credit: Danie Schwartz

Chico came in at #20 with Burlington, VT taking the top spot.  The study examined 24 data metrics in 5 major categories including air and watershed quality, mass transit usage, power usage, farmers markets, organic producers, and number of green certified buildings to determine which metro areas are the best places to live a green life. 

379 major metropolitan areas were ranked as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Over 80 percent of all U.S. residents live in these 379 metro areas. 

You can view the entire list of cities here.

Forbes Magazine: Chico #92 in Best Small Places for Business and Career

With positive job growth projected for 2016, an educated population and steady home prices, Chico has been ranked #92 in Best Small Places for Business and Career. 

Forbes focused on Chico's location on the northeast edge of the fertile Sacramento Valley, one of the richest agricultural areas in the world. Surrounded by the Sierra's to the east, Mt. Shasta to the north and the coast only a few short hours away to the west, Chico has emerged as an ideal destination for retail and businesses alike. Home to Bidwell Park, the ninth largest municipally owned park in the U.S., Sierra Nevada Brewery and many successful companies in manufacturing, professional services and tech, Chico provides the life/work balance people crave. 

View the rankings here.