Chico’s lower cost of living, good housing market, and high quality of life make it easy to attract and recruit workers from the Bay Area and Southern California markets.

Strong Regional Labor Force

Employers can draw skilled employees from a 167,000-person laborshed within a commute of 35 to 40 minutes. 


California State University, Chico and Butte College provide a steady stream of part-time workers, interns, and graduates ready for full-time employment who wish to stay in Chico. Approximately 40,000 students live in the area.

  • Chico State's computer science, manufacturing, construction management, and business management graduates are heavily recruited by large corporations throughout the country.
  • Butte College provides low-cost career and technical education programs for local residents in allied health, business and information technology, engineering and industrial technology, agriculture, and a highly regarded welding program.


Unique to Chico, young professionals assist TeamChico in monthly outreach calls to the city’s business districts to ensure that businesses are being heard and know about resources to help them. The result is impressive numbers in new business locations, expansions, jobs and funding (see TeamChico’s Annual Report).

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