Chowchilla, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Chowchilla, California - Basic Facts

The City of Chowchilla had a population of 18,541 as of July 1, 2018. 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 37.123 and longitude -120.2602 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.

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Chowchilla, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 18,541
Population in Households 12,396
Population in Familes 10,769
Population in Group Qrtrs 6,145
Population Density2 1,665
Diversity Index3 82


Median Household Income $41,787
Average Household Income $59,334
Per Capita Income $18,048


Total Housing Units 4,446 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,070 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,841 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 535 (12.0%)
Median Home Value $176,351
Average Home Value $251,522


Total Households 3,911
Average Household Size 3.17
Family Households 2,954
Average Family Size 4
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.2% 0.49%
Households 0.63% 0.71%
Families 0.62% 0.73%
Median Household Income   3.34%
Per Capita Income   2.59%

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, 2018 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 # 360 76th
Population Density # 653 57th
Diversity Index # 321 79th
Median Household Income # 1198 21st
Per Capita Income # 1288 15th

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