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Living in Butte County

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"A better place to do business ... a better place to live" 

Butte County offers all the advantages of the heartland combined with metropolitan amenities, ­affordable housing, low crime rates, short commutes, abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, strong work ethics, a sense of community, a highly-acclaimed university, fine arts and cultural programs, state-of-the-art medical services, and easy access to the state's major metropolitan areas.

Affordability: Home prices are one-third the cost of comparable structures in the Bay Area. 

Education: From kindergarten through college, Butte County's educational systems have received national recognition. SAT scores consistently rank well above state and national averages. California State University, Chico ranks among the nation's top colleges. Butte Community College, and the Cal Northern School of Law offer additional education opportunities. 

Culture: Music, dance, theatre, art galleries, museums and historical homes are all part of the daily cultural life of Butte County residents. Visits from touring artists complement a full season of multidisiplinary, professional-caliber local performances.

Recreation: Butte County offers a wide variety of outdoor activities in scenic surroundings. Bidwell Park, Feather Falls and Lake Oroville are just a few locales offering ample opportunities to enjoy golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, boating, rafting, and horseback riding. Butte County is also a gateway for winter activities like nordic and alpine skiing. Mt. Shasta Ski Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park are just a short drive away. 

"Butte County offers an excellent quality of life," says Ken Grossman, co-founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. "We've got good schools, good parks and we're close to a number of recreation areas."