Butte County's motto is “Land of Natural Wealth and Beauty.” The Feather and Sacramento Rivers provide abundant water and are used to produce hydroelectric power. Chico State University, Cal Northern School of Law and Butte College are found here.Butte County population is just under 230,000. The median household income is $44,366, and the median home value is $304,500.
Butte County is located north of Sacramento in California’s Central Valley. Its area is 1,677 square miles, and its county seat is Oroville. Butte County has five incorporated cities which include Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Part of the county's western border is formed by the Sacramento River. The county lies along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, the steep slopes making it prime territory for the siting of hydroelectric power plants.
Butte County was incorporated as one of California's 19 original counties on 18 February 1850. The county went across the present limits of the Tehama, Plumas, Colusa, and Sutter counties. The first sheriff was Joseph Q. Wilbur.