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Chula Vista, California - Basic Facts

The City of Chula Vista had a population of 269,552 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chula Vista: Chulavista.

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


Total Population 269,552
Daytime Population: Workers 63,683
Daytime Population: Residents 150,188
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 213,871
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.79
Population in Households 267,734
Population in Familes 236,584
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,818
Population Density2 5,431
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $68,065
Average Household Income $88,173
Per Capita Income $27,217


Total Housing Units 85,254 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 46,791 (54.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 35,375 (41.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,088 ( 3.6%)
Median Home Value $442,519
Average Home Value $474,690


Total Households 82,166
Average Household Size 3.26
Family Households 64,763
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 1.39% 1.16%
Households 1.17% 1.05%
Families 1.2% 1.07%
Median Household Income   2.39%
Per Capita Income   2.55%

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, 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 # 14 99th
Population Density # 212 86th
Diversity Index # 185 88th
Median Household Income # 510 66th
Per Capita Income # 853 44th

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