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Old 09-16-2015, 02:41 PM
 
Location: In the reddest part of the bluest state
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I have just accepted a job that has me moving to CA. The company has offices in Chico and in Redding.
I have 2 kids, one high school and one middle school. My wife will be looking for a job when we settle. I am leaning a little toward Chico because with the college I think there may be more things for the kids to do and more job opportunities for my wife. But I also see there are lots of small towns around each city so I was wondering if some locals can give me some ideas on what I should be looking for. For real estate, I will be looking for a house in the 300k range. I have looked online and that seems to provide a pretty wide range of options.
Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Carpinteria
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You should go to each city and make your own choice. Redding is more blue collar. California is in the fourth year of a drought that some experts say might be a long term drought. I might choose the one with the best fresh water source.
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...+in+california
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Concrete Canyon, CA
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Chico...hands down.
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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I have just accepted a job that has me moving to CA. The company has offices in Chico and in Redding.
I have 2 kids, one high school and one middle school. My wife will be looking for a job when we settle. I am leaning a little toward Chico because with the college I think there may be more things for the kids to do and more job opportunities for my wife. But I also see there are lots of small towns around each city so I was wondering if some locals can give me some ideas on what I should be looking for. For real estate, I will be looking for a house in the 300k range. I have looked online and that seems to provide a pretty wide range of options.
Thanks in advance for the advice.
Chico for sure! Redding is ungodly hot in the summer.
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Old 09-16-2015, 06:07 PM
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Easy choice here, Chico. Better public schools for the kids. In some of the professional disciplines the college can be a very good place to get a degree. And if you need to go to San Francisco or Sacramento for major airline service, Chico is a lot closer than Redding. Redding is very isolated.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:18 PM
 
Location: NYC (Manhattan, btwn SoHo/LES)
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I despise both but Chico is the lesser of 2 evils. Redding is an utter sh*thole. I think Chico is, too, but it's a tiny bit less horrid.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:19 PM
 
Location: NYC (Manhattan, btwn SoHo/LES)
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Chico for sure! Redding is ungodly hot in the summer.
But Chico is, too They are both pretty identical in climate (I used to live in Redding as a kid, my dad still lives there, and my step-sister lives in Chico). They're both ungodly hot in the summer D:
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:04 PM
 
Location: In the reddest part of the bluest state
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I read about the heat. I was hoping for some tidbits I can't find on Wikipedia. What are the people like, what is the food and entertainment scene like. Do plays, concerts, events happen with regularity? Are the roads decent, city services, libraries, etc. Do they have thriving school sports and arts programs? Stuff like that.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Chico...hands down.
agree! too many reasons to not choose redding.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I despise both but Chico is the lesser of 2 evils. Redding is an utter sh*thole. I think Chico is, too, but it's a tiny bit less horrid.
Your personal opinion of course but Chico is not a craphole. Not even close. Its a very nice, attractive small city and a good portion of those who graduate Chico State will do about anything so they can stay there. Its a classic Midwest style college town and quite unique in California in that respect. Lots of recreational opportunities too. Sorry, but I just take issue with your personal ax to grind against it possibly coloring the opinion of the OP. Again, it is NOT a horrible place. Most who live there love it (and there's a reason why real estate prices there are higher than about anywhere in the Central Valley save for Davis).
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