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Butte County, California

Butte County California
Administration
Full nameCounty of Butte
Official nameCounty of Butte
Settlement typeCounty
CountryUSA
StateCalifornia
RegionSacramento Valley
Incorporated1850
Government
County seatOroville
Geography
Total Area1677.11 sq mi (4343.7 km2)
Land Area1639.49 sq mi (4246.3 km2)
Water Area37.62 sq mi (97.4 km2)
Demography
Total Population220000 (2010)
Other information
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)

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Butte County is a county located in the Central Valley of the US state of California, north of the state capital of Sacramento. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 220,000. The county seat is Oroville. Butte County is the "Land of Natural Wealth and Beauty."

Butte County is watered by the Feather River and the Sacramento River. Butte Creek and Big Chico Creek are additional perennial streams, both tributary to the Sacramento. The county is the home of California State University, Chico and of Butte Community College.

There are four major hospitals and the State of California defines Butte County as being inside Health Service Area 1. A special district, the Butte County Air Quality Management District, regulates airborne pollutant emissions in the county. It does this following regional regulations, state, and federal laws. For example, in recent years, the agency changed rules that used to allow residents to burn household trash outdoors.


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