Butte County is located in the Central Valley of California. The County Seat is Oroville and the largest city is Chico. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.buttecounty.net/. The 2014 population estimate is 224,241 and the 2010 census population was 220,000. The land area is 1,636.46 square miles and there are 134.4 persons per square mile.
87% of the population is White, 1.8% is Black or African American, 15.1% is Hispanic or Latino, 4.4% is Asian, 2.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.3% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 4.1% is two or more races. 87.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 24.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $225,900, there are 84,816 households, an average of 2.53 persons per household. The per capita income is $23,787, the median household income is $43,752, and 20.4% of the persons in Butte County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 17,307. Retail sales (in $1000) were $2,400,652, and sales per capita were $11,025. The percentage of black-owned firms is 1.2%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 30.9%.
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