Butte County, CA

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Population

225,207

0.594% growth

Median Age

36.9


Median Household Income

$46,516

4.85% growth

Poverty Rate

20.5%


Number of Employees

93,439

2.66% growth

Median Property Value

$238,200

4.25% growth

About

In 2017, Butte County, CA had a population of 225k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $46,516. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Butte County, CA grew from 223,877 to 225,207, a 0.594% increase and its median household income grew from $44,366 to $46,516, a 4.85% increase.

The population of Butte County, CA is 72.9% White Alone, 15.7% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.47% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Butte County, CA speak a non-English language, and 96.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Butte County, CA are California State University-Chico (4,246 degrees awarded in 2016), Butte College (2,699 degrees), and Butte County Regional Occupational Program (97 degrees).

The median property value in Butte County, CA is $238,200, and the homeownership rate is 59%. Most people in Butte County, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Butte County, CA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Butte County, CA employs 93.4k people. The largest industries in Butte County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,419 people), Retail Trade (12,331 people), and Educational Services (9,547 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,500), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,548), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,606).

Median household income in Butte County, CA is $46,516. Males in Butte County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Butte County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,516

2017 value

± $1,130

4.85%

1 Year Growth

± 3.36%

Households in Butte County, CA have a median annual income of $46,516, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,366 in 2016, which represents a 4.85% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Butte County, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 14

  2. Census Tract 9.01

  3. Census Tract 15

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Butte County, CA was Census Tract 14 with a value of $94,943, followed by Census Tract 9.01 and Census Tract 15, with respective values of $86,582 and $83,203.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Butte County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Butte County, CA (45k out of 220k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    34,559 ± 1,382

  2. Hispanic

    9,262 ± 618

  3. Two Or More

    3,448 ± 398

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Butte County, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

93.4k

2017 Value

± 2,196

2.66%

1 Year growth

± 3.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Butte County, CA grew at a rate of 2.66%, from 91k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Butte County, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,507 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,658 people), and Management Occupations (9,101 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Butte County, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Butte County, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,507 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,658 people), and Management Occupations (9,101 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Butte County, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.04 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.61 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Butte County, CA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($91,462), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($73,163), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($66,897).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

93.4k

2017 Value

± 2,196

2.66%

1 Year growth

± 3.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Butte County, CA grew at a rate of 2.66%, from 91k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Butte County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,419 people), Retail Trade (12,331 people), and Educational Services (9,547 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Butte County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Butte County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Butte County, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,419 people), Retail Trade (12,331 people), and Educational Services (9,547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Butte County, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.32 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.39 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Butte County, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($87,500), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,548), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,606).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $196B

  2. $157B

  3. $127B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $196B, followed by Mixed freight ($157B) and Gasoline ($127B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.54T

2015 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

61.2% growth

In 2015, total outbound California trade was $1.54T. This is expected to increase 61.2% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.1B

  2. $42.2B

  3. $31.2B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $63.1B, followed by Arizona with $42.2B and Washington and $31.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.6% of the population of Butte County, CA has health coverage, with 38.6% on employee plans, 25% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Butte County, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Butte County, CA see 1622 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.44% increase from the previous year (1568 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1400 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 176 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,622 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Butte County, CA see an average of 1,622 patients per year. This represents a 3.44% increase from the previous year (1,568 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Butte County, CA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.37%

Uninsured

38.6%

Employer Coverage

25%

Medicaid

12.1%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

1.57%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Butte County, CA declined by 21.8% from 10.7% to 8.37%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Butte County, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Butte County, CA is home to a population of 225k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.63% of Butte County, CA residents were born outside of the country (17.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Butte County, CA is composed of 164k White Alone residents (72.9%), 35.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (15.7%), 10.1k Two or More Races residents (4.47%), 9.85k Asian Alone residents (4.37%), 3.28k Black or African American Alone residents (1.46%), 1.64k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.728%), 369 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.164%), and 359 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.159%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Butte County, CA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Butte County, CA was 36.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Butte County, CA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Butte County, CA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.63%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.2k people

7.82%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

17.5k people

As of 2017, 7.63% of Butte County, CA residents (17.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Butte County, CA was 7.82%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

96.3%

2017 Citizenship

96.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.3% of Butte County, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Butte County, CA was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    164k ± 195

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    35.4k ± 1.61k

  3. Two or More Races

    10.1k ± 609

In 2017, there were 4.63 times more White Alone residents (164k people) in Butte County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 35.4k Hispanic or Latino and 10.1k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Butte County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Butte County, CA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Butte County, CA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Butte County, CA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,243 ± 411

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,814 ± 337

  3. Korea

    1,550 ± 201

Butte County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Butte County, CA awarded 7,042 degrees. The student population of Butte County, CA is skewed towards women, with 13,449 male students and 15,482 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Butte County, CA are White (4,070 and 59.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,398 and 20.5%), Unknown (505 and 7.41%), and Asian (413 and 6.06%).

The largest universities in Butte County, CA by number of degrees awarded are California State University-Chico (4,246 and 60.3%), Butte College (2,699 and 38.3%), and Butte County Regional Occupational Program (97 and 1.38%).

The most popular majors in Butte County, CA are General Business Administration & Management (759 and 10.8%), General Social Sciences (624 and 8.86%), and General Psychology (367 and 5.21%).

The median tuition costs in Butte County, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,472 and $16,632 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 613 degrees awarded

  2. 284 degrees awarded

  3. 156 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Butte County, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 613 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Butte County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,246 degrees awarded

  2. 2,699 degrees awarded

  3. 97 degrees awarded

$5,472

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Butte County, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was California State University-Chico with 4,246 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,157

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,885

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,157 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Butte County, CA, which is 0.813 times less than the 3,885 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Butte County, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,070 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,398 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    505 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Butte County, CA were to White students. These 4,070 degrees mean that there were 2.91 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,398 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Butte County, CA was $238,200 in 2017, which is 1.09 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $228,500 to $238,200, a 4.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Butte County, CA is 59%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Butte County, CA have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Butte County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$46,516

Median Household Income

± $1,130

86.2k

Number of Households

± 1,992

In 2017, the median household income of the 86.2k households in Butte County, CA grew to $46,516 from the previous year's value of $44,366.

The following chart displays the households in Butte County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$238,200

2017 Median

± $3,917

$228,500

2016 Median

± $3,731

In 2017, the median property value in Butte County, CA grew to to $238,200 from the previous year's value of $228,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Butte County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Butte County, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Butte County, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Butte County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

59%

2017 Homeownership

58.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59% of the housing units in Butte County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Butte County, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Butte County, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Butte County, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Butte County, CA have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.23% of the workforce in Butte County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.67%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Butte County, CA was Drove Alone (75%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Worked At Home (5.67%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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