Map of Butte County, California

Butte County (/ˈbjuːt/ (listen)) is a county located in the northern part of the U.S. state of California. In the 2020 census, its population was 211,632. The county seat is Oroville.

Butte County comprises the Chico, CA metropolitan statistical area. It is in the California Central Valley, north of the state capital of Sacramento.

Butte County is drained 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 home to California State University, Chico and Butte College.

Butte County overview:
Name:Butte County
FIPS code:06-007
Named for:The nearby Sutter Buttes
Largest city:Chico
Total Area:1,677 sq mi (4,340 km²)
Land Area:1,636 sq mi (4,240 km²)
Total Population:211,632
Population Density:130/sq mi (49/km²)
Time zone:UTC−8 (Pacific Time Zone)
Summer Time Zone (DST):UTC−7 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Butte County location map. Where is Butte County?

Butte County location on the U.S. Map. Where is Butte County.
Location of Butte County in the the United States.
Butte County location on the California map. Where is Butte County.
Location of Butte County in California.


Butte County is named for the Sutter Buttes in neighboring Sutter County; butte means “small knoll” or “small hill” in French. Butte County was incorporated as one of California’s 19 original counties on February 18, 1850. The county went across the present limits of the Tehama, Plumas, Colusa, and Sutter Counties.

Between November 8 and 25, 2018, a major wildfire, the Camp Fire, destroyed most of the town of Paradise, the adjacent community of Concow, and a large area of rural, hilly country east of Chico. More than 80 people were killed, 50,000 were displaced, over 150,000 acres were burned, and nearly 20,000 buildings were destroyed. The Camp Fire was California’s most destructive and deadliest fire.

Butte County Road Map

Butte CountyStreet Map.
Street map of Butte County, California. Source: OpenStreetMap (OSM)
Butte CountyMap
Butte Countypolitical map.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,677 square miles (4,340 km), of which 41 square miles (110 km) (2.4%) are covered by water.

The county is drained by the Feather River and Butte Creek. Part of the county’s western border is formed by the Sacramento River. The county lies along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, the steep slopes making it prime territory for the siting of hydroelectric power plants. About a half dozen of these plants are located in the county, one of which, serves the Oroville Dam, which became severely stressed by overflow water in 2017, and which remains a concern today.

National protected areas

  • Butte Sink National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Lassen National Forest (part)
  • Plumas National Forest (part)
  • Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Adjacent counties

Butte County Topographic Map

Topographic Map of Butte County, California
Butte County Topo map.

Butte County Satellite Map

Satellite Map of Butte County, California
Butte County satellite map.

Butte County Outline Map

Outline Map of Butte County, California
Butte County outline map.

See also

Map of California State and its subdivision: Map of other states:
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