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Living in Chico, California:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Chico, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Chico what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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A hike to Monkey Face is not tedious nor arduous, but a picturesque uphill view that is astonishing when met with a stunning sunset. Looking up to Monkey Face, it lives up to its name with an image of a monkey sketched into the natural hill. Seeing the scene from on top, Horseshoe Lake drifts calmly as fishing rods are plastered around it. Hiking past Monkey Face brings you to multiple swimming holes, the most popular is Bear Hole, a mile walk from the parking area that is stationed in front of Monkey Face. It has grey boulders and the water current is not strong. The greenery adds an aesthetic view to the scene.

Chico, California, has many culturally contrasting concepts laced throughout this city. There are hectic freeways, shopping centers with a Starbucks inside a Target, and a college in the heart of downtown. There are miles of orchards, the hiking trails of Monkey Face and the Sacramento River. The differences in this city are illustrated by its citizens who accept the differences in color, language and other beliefs.

The stores are conveniently placed together, the mall a walking distance from Target which sits across from a Hobby Lobby. Across the street is a Best Buy connected to other stores such as PetSmart and Old Navy, and next to this small shopping center is a Winco. Four restaurants and an In & Out lay waiting on the other side of Hobby Lobby. There are lines of orchards trailing on the outer part of Chico. Almond trees leave a green blur when driving, and the pink blossoms are the background of many family photos in the spring.

Mildred, says: 2020

Moving to Chico, California can be a wonderful experience, One must be aware that Chico is a small town with a substantial number of locally owned businesses and a large population of college students. Therefore, the atmosphere has a tendency to change rapidly based on the time of year. During summer the city transforms from bustling to slow moving in a matter of weeks. This constant change of pace would be best suited for those who enjoy the small town life with the almost all of the amenities of a larger city.

A tractor on the road is as familiar as a jammed traffic stop on an LA freeway. Most farmers know each other, and even the workers become acquainted with familiar companies. Chico is a versatile city that meets the needs of many. Its citizens range from agricultural workers to college students. It has become a safe haven for families that have lived through the Paradise fire, and a temporary home for college students in the progress of a degree.

Kennalee, says: 2020

Chico is noted for its abundance of trees and, in particular, Bidwell Park, the third largest city park in the United States. The park was donated to the City of Chico by Annie K. Bidwell, widow of John Bidwell. Bidwell was the founder of Chico in 1856 and was pivotal in the city’s development and importance in the Northern Sacramento Valley.

Chico is a “college city”, where a lot of the population is under the age of 25. It is a gorgeous city and has many beautiful nature opportunities. If you find joy in hiking or other physical activities, it is a great place to observe.

Lindsie, says: 2020

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