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    PopulationWillows = 6,166
Glenn County = 28,650
    Area3.0 sq. miles in City limits

    Average Household IncomePersonal income in Glenn County was $22,947 per cap and $41,020 for median household.

While Glenn County's total personal income has been steadily increasing, it has remained below the state average in annual change.
    Median Housing ValueApartments & 2 bedroom / 1 bath homes rent for an average of $600 a month. Between 2000 and 2006, the average three-bedroom rent price in Glenn County was about 16 percent less than the average price in Northern California.

Houses sold for an average of between $205,000 - $221,000 (3 bedroom / 2 bath) in 2005. The total number of housing units in Glenn County has been increasing at a slower rate that in California. There has been an overall annual increase of 13 percent in new housing unit permits in the county.

In 2005 Willows housing units consisted of: (single-family = 1,614 / multiple family = 763 / mobile homes = 7.

There are 5 real estate companies and 2 title companies to assist you.

    Average Rainfall19 inches in an average year
    Average Temperature60 - 80 temperatures in Spring
90 - 100+ temperatures in Summer
50 - 70 temperatures in Fall
40 - 60 temperatures in Winter


Glenn County is currently home to 28,650 people, with a projected population of 29,700 by 2030. This projection is supported by the fact that population increase has been steady for the last ten years, with an average annual increase of 0.8 percent (220 people). Between 1996 and 2006, the county's population grew 8 percent. This steady increase is due to a greater number of births than deaths in the area.

In 1990, Willows had a population of 5,900 and in 2010 that number was 6,166.

Ethnic Composition

Approximately 60.6 percent of residents in Glenn County classified themselves as white in 2006. Hispanics represented the next largest group, with 31.1 percent of the population, or 8,861 people, compared to 36.4 percent, or 13,603,759 people in California. The Hispanic population is projected to increase 55 percent by 2030 in Glenn County. Asians and American Indians were the next largest groups, with 1,900 and 410 people, respectively, and blacks were the smallest census-classifies group, with 255 members. The Hispanic and black population is projected to increase the most in the county by 2030, while the white population is expected to see a 32 percent decrease.

Health Care

Glenn Medical Center - a 24/7 hospital and clinic with an emergency room, specialist physicians, specialist services, and a 37 bed acute care facility.
Located within the hospital are: Laboratory, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Respiratory Therapy, Podiatry, Gastroenterology, Chiropractic, Orthopedics, Neurology, Cardiology, Maternity, and Mammography.

We have 2 eye physician, 5 dentists, 5 medical clinics specializing in Family Medicine, 1 Women's Clinic, and 1 Pediatric Clinic. We also have 5 Chiropractic clinics and 2 Physical Therapy Clinics.


Willows has 1 Elementary School - 1 Junior High School - 1 High School - William Finch Home School - Walden Academy Charter School -numerous Pre-Schools - 1 Private Religious Schools


The crime rate is in Northern California is typically lower than in Southern California, due in part to lower population density in the northern counties.

Overall the number of violent crimes has been decreasing in Glenn County since 1998, with the largest decrease of seven aggravated assault cases in the past year.

We are protected by a City Police Department, a County Sheriff's Department, a City Fire Department and 8 surrounding rural Fire Departments. Since this is the County Seat, we also have the County Courthouse, District Attorney's Office, Probation Department, and the County Jail.

Major Employers
    1) Johns Manville
    2) County of Glenn
    3) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc
    4) Glenn County Human Resources
    5) Willows Unified School District
    6) Glenn County Health Services
    7) Glenn County Special Education
    8) Glenn County Sheriff's Department
    9) Willows Care Center (Long Term Care)
    10) Murdock Elementary School
    11) Glenn County Office of Education
    12) Glenn County Department of Mental Health
    13) Glenn - Colusa Irrigation District
    14) Glenn Medical Center
    15) Mendocino National Forest District


Within the City limits there are 4 City Parks, 1 City Swimming Pool,2 private swimming pools,3 Tennis Courts Horseshoe Pits, 5 Softball Fields,1 Disc Golf Course and 1 Track.

Four Miles outside or Willows on Road 39 is the Glenn Golf & Country Club PGA (530) 934-9918

Six miles south of town is the Sacramento Wildlife Refuge open year-round (530) 934-2801

Seven miles west of town is the SCCA Thunderhill Raceway Park open year-round (530)934-5588. Thunderhill is a 2-mile,3-mile, and new 2014 5-mile, 36 foot wide motorsports track for super karts, super bikes, sports cars, open wheel racers, and high performance street cars. Some Zoom-Zoom commercials for television are filmed here.

Willows is called the "Gateway to the Mendocino National Forest", so the Forestry department headquarters are housed here. They keep the updated information for hunters, fishermen, boaters, campers, open trail riding, whatever your outdoor adventure is. (530) 934-3316.

The Snow Mountains, Yolla Bolly Wilderness, Alder Springs Ridge, Rattlesnake Ridge, and Sanhedrin Ridge are close by. Stony Gorge Reservoir, Black Butte Reservoir, and Sacramento River are within a half hour drive.


Willows is home of the Willows Museum Society which is housed in the former Willows Library which was built in 1911 as one of the Andrew Carnegie projects.

The Museum is open every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

The Willows Public Library services the smallest Carnegie Library in the world-Bayliss Library.

Our Historic Courthouse, Memorial Hall, Post Office and Masonic Building are all located in Willows Downtown District.

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