Chico is located in the State of California, the most populous state in the U.S.. California's economy is so big that if the state were considered a separate country, it would still have between the fourth and tenth largest economy in the world (of course, were it a separate country, the new budget for items like military spending and new import/export laws would likely knock it down the list quite a bit). The gross state product is currently somewhere around 1.543 trillion USD.
This large and populous state is usually divided up into Northern California, Southern California, Central California, and the Central Coast. There are a few odd cultural differences between Northern California and Southern California.
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot
If you ain't got the do re mi. — Woody Guthrie