Oroville is, quite simply, a wonderful place to live. Its housing is some of the most affordable in California. But low price doesn’t mean low quality. It means great value.

That’s because Oroville has it all: outstanding public education from preschool through college (including nearby access to some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the entire country); local and regional healthcare options, all backed by Covered California; and enough recreational and cultural options to keep families happy and healthy all year long.

It really is a pleasure to do business in Oroville.


Oroville has a rich inventory of single-family homes from two to four bedrooms. Home prices average only $130,000 – $150,000, which is less than the national average and less than one-third the median home price for the state. If those numbers aren’t enticing enough on their own, first time home buyers in the City of Oroville may also qualify for our First Time Home Buyer program.

Oroville has a large inventory of apartments and houses available for rent as well—and the median rent in Oroville is approximately one-half the California average.

Out-of-town visitors to your Oroville business and its employees can stay at any of the inviting hotels and motels (there are ten within city limits alone) or charming bed-and-breakfasts nearby.


From preschool to post-graduate education, Oroville has it all, either within city limits or right nearby.  The area boasts five elementary schools, two middle schools and a preschool. Also, with class sizes below state average, the Oroville Union High School District (part of the Butte County School District) includes:

  • Two comprehensive high schools (including Oroville High, founded in 1892)
  • One continuation school
  • One community day school
  • One adult education school

Butte Community College and California State University, Chico are just minutes away, and many of the world’s top education and workforce-readiness institutions are also nearby, including:

  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis

The North State Innovation Hub, which connects emerging workforce members with businesses and start-ups, is another key feature of Oroville and the surrounding community. So, too, is the Alliance for Workforce Development, which a provides wealth of free job-training services.


When it comes to taking care of your people, Oroville has an abundance of options:

  • In addition to Oroville Hospital, the Butte County area has an abundance of physicians and dentists
  • Covered California—the state’s healthcare marketplace—provides accessible care for individuals and small businesses as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Butte County offers an ACA Business Toolkit to help employers get started

Even non-human dependents have access to care: there are more than a half dozen veterinary clinics within Oroville alone.


The city is the gateway to the Lake Oroville and Feather River recreational areas, which offer waterskiing, sailing, swimming, fishing, camping, and picnicking. In addition, there’s:

  • The downtown historic district, with its elegant State Theatre
  • The Nature Center
  • Pristine steam engines
  • The famed Chinese Temple & Garden
  • Historic homes and museums
  • Hundreds of acres of parks, plus bike trails, hiking trails, horse trails, golf courses, and more