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Chula Vista, California - Basic Facts

The City of Chula Vista had a population of 263,540 as of July 1, 2016. Chula Vista ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chula Vista is located at latitude 32.6277 and longitude -117.0152 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chula Vista (see map below) encompass a land area of 49.63 sq. miles and a water area of 2.46 sq. miles. San Diego County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of Chula Vista (GNIS ID: 2409461) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Chula Vista is located within San Diego CCD of San Diego County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chula Vista population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chula Vista: Chulavista.

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Chula Vista, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 263,540
Population in Households 261,749
Population in Familes 231,371
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,791
Population Density1 5,310
Diversity Index2 85


Total Households 79,802
Average Household Size 3.28
Family Households 62,909
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 84,170 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 45,295 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 34,507 (41.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,368 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $425,607
Average Home Value $453,546


Median Household Income $65,408
Average Household Income $84,509
Per Capita Income $25,930
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.25% 1.29%
Households 0.89% 1.11%
Families 0.92% 1.14%
Median Household Income   3.07%
Per Capita Income   1.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Chula Vista, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chula Vista to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 14 99th
Population Density1 # 217 86th
Diversity Index2 # 190 87th
Median Household Income # 508 67th
Per Capita Income # 865 43rd

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