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Chowchilla, California - Basic Facts

The City of Chowchilla had a population of 18,793 as of July 1, 2017. Chowchilla ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Chowchilla is located at latitude 37.1095 and longitude -120.2349 in Madera County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chowchilla (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Madera County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 239 feet.

The City of Chowchilla (GNIS ID: 2409459) 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 Chowchilla is located within Chowchilla CCD of Madera County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chowchilla 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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Chowchilla, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 18,793
Daytime Population: Workers 4,900
Daytime Population: Residents 8,159
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,059
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.69
Population in Households 12,387
Population in Familes 10,706
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,406
Population Density2 1,688
Diversity Index3 81


Median Household Income $41,704
Average Household Income $58,048
Per Capita Income $17,788


Total Housing Units 4,454 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,012 (45.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,901 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 541 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $162,942
Average Home Value $222,044


Total Households 3,913
Average Household Size 3.17
Family Households 2,954
Average Family Size 4
  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 -0.05% 0.52%
Households 0.72% 0.76%
Families 0.7% 0.76%
Median Household Income   0.75%
Per Capita Income   1.71%

Chowchilla, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chowchilla 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 # 358 76th
Population Density # 647 57th
Diversity Index # 320 79th
Median Household Income # 1163 23rd
Per Capita Income # 1268 16th

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