CALIFORNIA - The first real numbers are out showing the number of people who have left Butte County since the Camp Fire.
According to the State Department of Finance, 10,388 residents left Butte County from July of 2018 to July of 2019, dropping Butte County's population from 227,353 to 216,965 people.
While Butte County saw a big drop in population, Tehama County saw a big increase. 700 more people moved to Tehama County, a jump in population from more than 64,000 in 2018 to more than 65,000 in 2019.
Realtor Lisa Bristow said home availability in Chico has been on a roller coaster.
"Right after the Camp Fire it was craziness, we were seeing multiple offers. Prices skyrocketed. Through the summer it really mellowed out. We saw a lot more inventory on, prices started coming down. We saw that through the beginning of the fall,” Bristow said. “Then things started to change again. So we aren't as high priced as we were before. But we still are seeing homes having multiple offers and getting a little higher prices."
State Research Data Specialist, John Boyne, said the vast majority of those who left Butte County were from Magalia and Paradise. As the Camp Fire damaged or destroyed 10,344 homes in that area.
Chico did see a big increase in population, immediately following the fire, but the exact population numbers by city will not be made available by the state until May 2020.
Also, Boyne said there will be another drop in population, as many people did eventually move out of Chico.