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Oroville is a city in Butte County, in the Chico metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Spanish for "gold"
The latitude of Oroville is 39.513N. The longitude is -121.555W.It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 167 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 13,137.
The local Chinatown once had a population of 10,000
Sections below provide additional information and links about Oroville demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Butte County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chico-Paradise area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 95968 ZIP code.
15% of Oroville residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oroville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oroville was $12,345, compared with $21,587 nationally.
11% of Oroville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Oroville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $380. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $780.
Libraries in Oroville include Butte County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Oroville include Oroville Mercury-Register
Butte County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oroville political report.
The average commute time for Oroville workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Oroville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 6.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
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