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Where is Paradise? Paradise is located in Northern California in Butte County, 490 miles north of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Francisco, 92 miles north of Sacramento, the State Capital, and 175 miles northwest of famous Lake Tahoe, 22 miles north of Oroville, county seat of Butte County, and 14 miles east of Chico. Getting to Paradise is easy if you remember All Roads Lead to Paradise.

The estimated population of Paradise varies by source. The estimated 2000 population is approximately 26,400.

The elevation of Paradise ranges from 1,200 to 2,400 feet above sea level; its neighboring communities, Magalia from 2,400 to 2,800 feet, Stirling City at 3,532 feet, and Inskip at 4,816 feet.

Climate varies in the Paradise area. The highest temperature on record is 111 degrees F., the lowest temperature recorded being 12 degrees F. There are 65 days average per year with temperatures 90 degrees or higher, and 30 days average with a low temperature of 32 degrees or colder. Average rainfall is 51 inches, mostly in the winter months, but ranging from November to April. Snow? Yes, an average of 6 inches in the upper Ridge area. Sunny days? Lots of them. Average 257 per year. Smog is virtually nonexistant.

Current weather forecast and conditions
Paradise Area Weather

Additional weather information, primarily for the Chico Area, is offered by Anthony's Talking Weather Station by calling (530) 893-6510. Select from Current Weather, Rainfall Statistics, Temperature Statistics, Exact Time, and Past Days Weather. Anthony is a meterologist for Chico's KHSL-TV.

Paradise History

[Dice] Paradise. What do these dice have in common with Paradise? One of the explanations given for its name come from the early mining days when Paradise consisted of mainly gambling halls and saloons. The Pair-O-Dice saloon was one of the most popular.

Another explanation is that an early settler, "Uncle Billie" Leonard and friends had rode horses to the Sacramento Valley and back on a hot summer day. And upon returning to the shade of the tall pine trees, Uncle Billie dismounted and proclaimed, "Boys, this is Paradise!"

The Gold Rush brought the first white settlers to the Paradise area. Before then for years the Ridge was home to the Maidu indians. During the early days of the Gold Rush settlement the Ridge, via the Pentz Road route, was a passageway from Oroville to places such as Quincy, Susanville and Nevada. Stage stops included Coutolenc, Dogtown, Nimshew, Toadtown, and Inskip. Other routes traveled were Neal Road, a cattle road, and Clark Road, an early stage route joining the Oroville to Susanville route near Magalia.

As families grew, the opening of the Delaplain School came in 1861 and that was followed in 1879 by the area's first church. The first post office operated out of the Strong house. The 1880 census listed 301 Paradise Ridge residents.

Although mining continued on, the mainstay of economic development were lumbering and livestock production. Agriculture also was important to the early enconomy and agriculture fairs were held annually. By 1916 the farming industry was helped by the formation of the Paradise Irrigation District and the contruction of a dam to form the Magalia Reservoir. Apple orchards were planted and Paradise became known as the apple center of California.

In October 1937 the first Paradise fair was held. It was appropriately called the Paradise Fair and Apple Show and lasted 5 days! In the center of the dance floor of the Memorial Hall was constructed a pyramid of 15,000 apples.

Since 1921 the Noble Orchards have been producing apples. It is still family run and is the last of such farms on the Ridge. A variety of apples are harvested from the now 30 acres, and 20 acres of peaches. The orchard has seedlings from as far back as the 1870's. Many of the pies at the Paradise Johnny Appleseed Days festival are made from the Jonathan variety. The Noble Orchards are located at 7050 Pentz Road and is open to the public.

One of the few remaining landmarks in Paradise, the railroad depot, corner of Black Olive and Pearson Road, was built in 1904. It was the second-to-last stop on the Chico to Stirling City run. The area around it was called Orloff named after the son of a freight agent.

Among the park-like setting, many indoor and outdoor activities welcome visitors and recreation seekers to Paradise. As you browse OnTheRidge.com pages you will discover more of what Paradise and the Ridge is about.

Industry & Labor

  • Paradise was incorporated November 27, 1979
  • The incorporated area of Paradise covers 18 square miles
  • its service area is 26 square miles
  • Estimated 2000 population is 26,400

Over 150 acres are zoned industrial in the Paradise town limits. Near 40 percent of the parcels, ranging in size from 5-acre blocks, are vacant. The terrain, although having a gradually up slope, is relatively flat. Drainage is fair. Size of water mains range from 6-30 inches. Maximum delivery capacity (by the Paradise Irrigation District) is 25 million gallons / day. Sewer system, septic. Natural gas and electric from Pacific Gas & Electric,

There is a unique labor market on the Paradise Ridge. With near 50 per cent of its population over age 55 on fixed retirement income, this age group also seeks work to fulfill excess time. As such, many skilled positions are available at lower pay scales, part time. Chances of employment are limited due to no major industries, mainly small business, and are generated by needs of the residential community.

Major employers on the Ridge include Feather River Hospital, Paradise School District, Paradise Post (Printing), Town of Paradise, Big K-Mart, Safeway, Albertsons, Longs Drug, Rite Aid Drug Store, and Walgreens. Manufacturing companies include Fashion Optical Displays and Compac Engineering.

NOTE: Certain data facts and figures obtained from brochures
distributed by Paradise Ridge agencies, and are subject to change.

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