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County Info

Area

  • Total 1,677 sq mi (4,340 km2)
  • Land 1,636 sq mi (4,240 km2)
  • Water 41 sq mi (110 km2)

Highest elevation[2]    7,124 ft (2,171 m)

Population (April 1, 2010)[3]

  • Total 220,000
  • Estimate (2016)[4] 226,864
  • Density 130/sq mi (51/km2)

 

History

Butte County was incorporated as one of California’s 19 original counties on 18 February 1850. The county went across the present limits of the Tehema, Plumas, Colunas, and Sutter counties.[7]

The first sheriff was Joseph Q. Wilbur.[8]