Chico, CA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
213,605
1.96% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
36.5
0.273% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
18.2%
2.62% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$66,085
10.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$371,600
14.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
95,378
0.858% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Chico, CA had a population of 214k people with a median age of 36.5 and a median household income of $66,085. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Chico, CA declined from 217,884 to 213,605, a −1.96% decrease and its median household income grew from $59,863 to $66,085, a 10.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chico, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (68.8%), White (Hispanic) (6.92%), Other (Hispanic) (5.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (5.15%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.06%).

None of the households in Chico, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.5% of the residents in Chico, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chico, CA are California State University-Chico (4,412 degrees awarded in 2022), Butte College (2,241 degrees), and Butte County Regional Occupational Program (63 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Chico, CA was $371,600, and the homeownership rate was 58.1%.

Most people in Chico, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Chico, CA was 2 cars per household.

Chico, CA borders Red Bluff, CA and Yuba City, CA.

Population & Diversity

Chico, CA is home to a population of 214k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.55% of Chico, CA residents were born outside of the country (16.1k people).

In 2022, there were 9.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (147k people) in Chico, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.8k White (Hispanic) and 11.3k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.5%
2022 Citizenship
96.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.5% of Chico, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Chico, CA was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chico, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    147k ± 596
  2. White (Hispanic)
    14.8k ± 1.27k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    11.3k ± 1.23k
18%
Hispanic Population
38.4k people

In 2022, there were 9.95 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (147k people) in Chico, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.8k White (Hispanic) and 11.3k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

18% of the people in Chico, CA are hispanic (38.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Chico, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.55%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
16.1k people
7.62%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
16.6k people

As of 2022, 7.55% of Chico, CA residents (16.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chico, CA was 7.62%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,131 ± 423
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,807 ± 372
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,497 ± 294

Chico, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.84 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Chico, CA employs 95.4k people. The largest industries in Chico, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,963 people), Retail Trade (11,459 people), and Educational Services (10,531 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($115,594), Finance & Insurance ($56,310), and Public Administration ($55,446).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

95.4k
2022 Value
± 2,538
−0.858%
1 Year decline
± 3.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Chico, CA declined at a rate of −0.858%, from 96.2k employees to 95.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chico, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,327 people), Management Occupations (10,330 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,264 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chico, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

95.4k
2022 Value
± 2,538
−0.858%
1 Year decline
± 3.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Chico, CA declined at a rate of −0.858%, from 96.2k employees to 95.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chico, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (14,963 people), Retail Trade (11,459 people), and Educational Services (10,531 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chico, CA, though some of these residents may live in Chico, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,215
Median earning men ± $1,940
$33,047
Median earning women ± $1,185

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($78,563), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($57,586).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,710), Construction ($47,391), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($43,802).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,347
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,249
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 944
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Chico, CA awarded 6,716 degrees. The student population of Chico, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 10,511 male students and 13,063 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chico, CA are White (3,289 and 50%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,119 and 32.2%), Asian (401 and 6.09%), and Two or More Races (337 and 5.12%).

The largest universities in Chico, CA by number of degrees awarded are California State University-Chico (4,412 and 65.7%), Butte College (2,241 and 33.4%), and Butte County Regional Occupational Program (63 and 0.938%).

The most popular majors in Chico, CA are General Business Administration & Management (750 and 11.2%), General Psychology (466 and 6.94%), and General Social Sciences (356 and 5.3%).

The median tuition cost in Chico, CA for a public four year colleges is $5,742 for in-state students and $17,622 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Chico, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 95%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 9.93%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 23,574 (44.6% men and 55.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 23,574 students enrolled in Chico, CA, 44.6% men and 55.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 10,777 records, of which 54.6% were women and 45.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 585 degrees awarded
  2. 346 degrees awarded
  3. 209 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chico, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 585 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chico, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,412 degrees awarded
  2. 2,241 degrees awarded
  3. 63 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was California State University-Chico with 4,412 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,926 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chico, CA, which is 0.772 times less than the 3,790 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,289 degrees mean that there were 1.55 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,119 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,742) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,230) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,970) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chico, CA was $371,600 in 2022, which is 1.32 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $325,600 to $371,600, a 14.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Chico, CA is 58.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Chico, CA have an average commute time of 21.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chico, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Chico, CA is $66,085. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Chico, CA was Santa Clara County, CA with a value of $153,792, followed by San Mateo County, CA and Marin County, CA, with respective values of $149,907 and $142,019.

Property

$371,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,760
$48,424
Median Property Taxes
±$1,555

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chico, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

58.1%
Homeownership
2022
66.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 58.1% of the housing units in Chico, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chico, CA was Santa Clara County, CA with a value of $153,792, followed by San Mateo County, CA and Marin County, CA, with respective values of $149,907 and $142,019.

The following map shows all of the counties in Chico, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$66,085
Median Household Income
± $2,261
83.3k
Number of Households
± 2,234

In 2022, the median household income of the 83.3k households in Chico, CA grew to $66,085 from the previous year's value of $59,863.

The following chart displays the households in Chico, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chico, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.7%)
  3. Carpooled (9.51%)

In 2022, 73.5% of workers in Chico, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.7%) and those who carpooled to work (9.51%).

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Commute Time

21.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chico, CA have a shorter commute time (21.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.9% of the workforce in Chico, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chico, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chico, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chico, CA (38k out of 209k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chico, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

93.4% of the population of Chico, CA has health coverage, with 39.3% on employee plans, 25.6% on Medicaid, 12.8% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 1.34% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in California see 1240 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1254 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1132 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 244 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,240 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in California

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,240 patients per year. This represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1,254 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in California in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22% under 18 years, 26.1% between 18 and 34 years, 33.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 17.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.6%
Uninsured
39.3%
Employer Coverage
25.6%
Medicaid
12.8%
Medicare
14.3%
Non-Group
1.34%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chico, CA grew by 3.25% from 6.39% to 6.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chico, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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