Economic Development

Experience the Butte County Advantage: Butte County, California is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. The County is committed to protecting and enhancing agriculture as the backbone of the local economy and for the open spaces that make Butte County a beautiful place to live and work.


Butte County School Districts

Butte County has 14 school districts with 91 public schools and 18 charter schools. The average class size is 22.7 students, which is lower than the Statewide average of 25.4 students. See a full profile of Butte County schools on Ed-Data.

Higher Education and Vocational Training

California State University, Chico - Chico

Chico State has 7 colleges, 5 schools and 27 centers/institutes with 16,647 full time students. The gorgeous Chico State campus is an anchor in downtown Chico sitting on 119 acres. Chico State also has an 800 acre University Farm, a 3,950 acre Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, and a 300 acre Butte Creek Ecological Reserve. See a full profile of Chico State online. 

  • Chico State was ranked as one of the top schools for "Accredited Online Bachelor's Degree Programs" by in 2016
  • Chico State ranked fifth among master's level public universities in the western United States in the 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges" from U.S. News & World Report.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the Princeton Review included Chico State in its listing of "Best Business Schools" in 2013.
  • Chico State was named to the Princeton Review's 2014 "Green Honor Roll" receiving the highest possible score.  

Butte Community College - Oroville

Butte College is a fully accredited two-year community college with over 13,000 students enrolled, offering over 100 career programs and certificates, as well as workforce training, to the residents of Butte and Glenn Counties. The Butte College campus is a beautiful 928 acres and is the largest community college campus in California. Butte College is a national leader in sustainability.


Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

25 County Center Dr. Ste. 213, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.552.3338 | Email:

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