A tranquil farm town with a charming downtown and gorgeous pastoral views

Welcome to Willows

Willows is a peaceful farm town and a true gem of Northern California. Willows has deep agricultural roots, with ties to multiple farming industries. Local growers produce rice, almonds, olives, and walnuts, and these farms make up the picturesque rural landscape of Willows. With the Sierra Nevada foothills and lots of open lands nearby, Willows is a great place to enjoy the temperate weather of the region. 

Historic downtown Willows is filled with vibrant eateries, distinctive boutiques, and lovely parks. The architecture and landscape of the downtown area are breathtaking, with lots of charming older homes and soaring trees surrounding walkable streets. Those looking for a peaceful farm town to call home will love this beautiful corner of Glenn County.

What to Love 

  • Peaceful farmlands and beautiful rural views
  • Historic downtown district
  • Lots of beloved community events
  • Plenty of spots for outdoor recreation and sports

Local Lifestyle

Willows is rich in warm hospitality and friendly neighbors. The town boasts easy I-5 access to Oregon, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. This is a great spot to enjoy outdoor recreation like golfing, kayaking, skiing, and more. With the Sierra Nevada foothills nearby, locals have direct access to camping and hunting grounds. The downtown area is lined with enchanting historic homes and towering trees and is home to delectable bistros and unique shops.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Willows eateries serve delicious, locally-sourced food and libations in a friendly, warm atmosphere. Carte Blanche Cafe is a locally owned and operated cafe in the historic downtown district of Willows. The menu features fresh ingredients from surrounding farms, local craft beer, cider, and wines. Specialty items here range from flatbreads to paninis to freshly baked scones. Carte Blanche Cafe also has an Espresso Bar serving hot and cold brews. Last Stand is an old-fashioned standup bar and grill in Willows. This casual eatery serves favorites like clam chowder in a bread bowl and tri-tip steak. Boards Galore Deli and More, located in downtown Willows, serves sandwiches made of freshly baked bread and hand-carved deli meat. This is a local area favorite for a laid-back lunch. 

There are several upscale boutiques and vintage shops in Willows. Gathering and the Marketplace is situated in the historic downtown district and provides an excellent range of delightful products for residents, from unique gifts and goods to vintage finds. The shop also hosts several flea markets throughout the year. The Vintage Nest is a charming store with antique decor and clothing.

Things to Do 

Willows is abundant with spots for outdoor recreation. Thunder Hill Raceway Park is a massive facility with three racetracks and two skid pads. This motorsports park is street car friendly, offers turnkey rentals, and has convenient track times. Thunder Hill Raceway also features races for public viewing throughout the year. Sycamore Park is a lush public green space located in the heart of Willows. This park boasts a walking trail, tennis courts, and a skatepark. 

Each year, Willows plays host to the Lamb Derby, a beloved event that pays homage to a centuries-old race using live lambs that took place in Willows. This highly-anticipated event features a carnival, parade, children’s activities, and local vendors. 

Enjoy a round of golf at the Glenn Golf and Country Club, situated in the beautiful farmlands of Willows. This is a club with a pristine course, clubhouse, and restaurant on-site. 


The Willows Unified School District serves the community of Willows. Distinguished schools of note include:


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Overview for Willows, CA

6,241 people live in Willows, where the median age is 31.3 and the average individual income is $20,775. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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31.3 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Willows, CA

Willows has 1,859 households, with an average household size of 3.27. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Willows do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 6,241 people call Willows home. The population density is 2,200.87 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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52.22 / 47.78%

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Schools in Willows, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Willows. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Willows Community High
10th - 12th
No rating available
Glenn County Regional Occupational Program
9th - 12th
No rating available
Murdock Elementary
K - 5th
9th - 12th
Willows Intermediate
6th - 8th
Glenn County Special Education
K - 12th
No rating available
K - 8th
No rating available

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