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Chula Vista, California - Basic Facts

The City of Chula Vista had a population of 272,387 as of July 1, 2018. 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 32.64 and longitude -117.0842 in San Diego County. The formal boundaries for the City of Chula Vista 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Chula Vista: Chulavista.

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


Total Population 272,387
Population in Households 270,575
Population in Familes 240,533
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,812
Population Density2 5,488
Diversity Index3 85


Median Household Income $73,217
Average Household Income $93,472
Per Capita Income $28,800


Total Housing Units 85,882 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 47,440 (55.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 35,493 (41.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,949 ( 3.4%)
Median Home Value $471,173
Average Home Value $526,223


Total Households 82,933
Average Household Size 3.26
Family Households 65,539
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 1.35% 1.07%
Households 1.14% 0.95%
Families 1.2% 1.01%
Median Household Income   2.59%
Per Capita Income   3.36%

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, 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 # 14 99th
Population Density # 210 86th
Diversity Index # 189 88th
Median Household Income # 485 68th
Per Capita Income # 838 45th

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