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Old 04-03-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Northern CA
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The state has improved 99 quite a bit in the past few years. A large portion of it s 4 lane between Sac and Yuba City. (You wouldn't go thru Marysville if you take 99 to Chico) You will have a few stop lights to deal with on the south side of YC, but the traffic flows quite nicely most of the time.

You would add quite a few extra miles to your trip by taking I-5. My vote is for 99.
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:42 PM
 
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The state has improved 99 quite a bit in the past few years. A large portion of it s 4 lane between Sac and Yuba City. (You wouldn't go thru Marysville if you take 99 to Chico) You will have a few stop lights to deal with on the south side of YC, but the traffic flows quite nicely most of the time.

You would add quite a few extra miles to your trip by taking I-5. My vote is for 99.
I guess it was Yuba City I remember the stop lights from during my trip a few years back. I would be driving up late on a Friday morning, before lunch time, so it sounds like the traffic should be as light as it ever is during the day if I go through there then. So I'll definitely go up 99.

Thanks for the help - as I said, I've only gone up there once before, and couldn't remember which was worked best.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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Chico is a nice place to live if you already have a job lined up, or have retirement income. Bidwell Park is very nice. Best Buy, Lowes and Orchard Hardware were built while I was there and I don't know what's there now. I left in August of 2002. I was never able to get any type of clerical job. The businesses would rather hire a student and pay them less than an older person with experience. Even students were driving taxis! I had three temp jobs in the three years that I was there. Two were for one week, the other was opening and sorting mail for Blue Cross/Blue Shield three days per week for three months. I ended up starting to sell on eBay, and just hit all the thrift stores (all six of them!) every week for stuff to sell. I made more money than I did working for the temp services. I saved up the money that I made online, took a Greyhound (only two per day), one morning to San Diego, and I've been here ever since.
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Old 05-14-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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A good climate of the south
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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A good climate of the south
Yeah, good point...who needs verbs, anyway?
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:24 AM
 
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Chico is great! Lot's of local produce. Very nice place to live with GREAT park, Bidwell. Hot in summer, but nice creek or Sac river to cool off in.
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Old 02-14-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Chico is fine, although maybe a bit isolated and on the smallish side, considering there isn't another large urban area for at least another hour or so in any direction and there is no "freeway" located close by. The college adds alot as already mentioned, otherwise it would probably be just another agricultural town, similar to Galt or Lodi. And the Chico city politics is pretty progressive, unlike nearby Oroville, which has "potential", but is always feuding with the county government (also located there, along with the state prison), or trying to overcome its "trailer trash" image (not entirely undeserved).

But the size and "amenities" aside, unless you don't intend to go outside of the town of Chico much, perhaps you should look at the character of all the surrounding area? Because Chico is a veritable "island" of culture (such as it is), surrounded by a "sea" of redneck conservatism & religious Fundamentalism.

And contrary to the preceding post by a longtime Chico "resident", it ain't just the "asians & hispanics" responsible for local drug problems. Especially the local meth population, which is overwhelmingly poor and white and reportedly responsible for 80 percent of local crime.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Northern CA
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Chico is fine, although maybe a bit isolated and on the smallish side and there is no "freeway" located close by.
I-5 is just a short 20 mile drive to the west on Hwy 32.


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Oroville, which has "potential", but is always feuding with the county government (also located there, along with the state prison)
there's no state prison in Oroville, just the County Jail.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:13 AM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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I-5 is just a short 20 mile drive to the west on Hwy 32.
"Short" if you don't mind driving like a maniac on a 20-mile long, 2-lane virtual "onramp".

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there's no state prison in Oroville, just the County Jail.
The Oroville Correctional Facility is part of the State Prison System. It's technically a "jail", but that's for all of Butte County and also includes the overflow from the rest of the state's prisons. More important, it's the largest employer in Oroville, and one of the more charming "side effects" is it also attracts many of the "friends" and "kin" of said "prisoners", to the area and nearby housing.
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