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Chico, California - Basic Facts

The City of Chico had a population of 91,236 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Chico is located at latitude 39.7554 and longitude -121.8184 in Butte County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chico (see map below) encompass a land area of 32.92 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles. Butte County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 197 feet.

The City of Chico (GNIS ID: 2409447) 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 Chico is located within Chico CCD of Butte County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chico population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Chico, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 91,236
Daytime Population: Workers 49,040
Daytime Population: Residents 48,720
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 97,760
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.07
Population in Households 87,836
Population in Familes 55,276
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,400
Population Density2 2,771
Diversity Index3 56


Median Household Income $43,847
Average Household Income $63,660
Per Capita Income $26,559


Total Housing Units 38,841 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,300 (39.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 21,182 (54.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,359 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $324,800
Average Home Value $354,804


Total Households 36,482
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 18,514
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.79% 0.73%
Households 0.65% 0.68%
Families 0.82% 0.72%
Median Household Income   0.7%
Per Capita Income   2.17%

Chico, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chico to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 87 94th
Population Density # 503 67th
Diversity Index # 897 41st
Median Household Income # 1115 27th
Per Capita Income # 892 41st

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