Chico, California Population 2021

121,219
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Chico is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 121,219, it is the 51st largest city in California and the 237th largest city in the United States. Chico is currently growing at a rate of 7.98% annually and its population has increased by 40.65% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 86,187 in 2010. Chico reached it's highest population of 121,219 in 2021. Spanning over 34 miles, Chico has a population density of 3,623 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chico is $76,118 with a poverty rate of 23.20%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,100 per month, and the median house value is $327,700. The median age in Chico is 29.7 years, 28.9 years for males, and 30.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 95.3 males.

Chico Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chico was:

  • White: 81.95%
  • Two or more races: 5.13%
  • Other race: 5.07%
  • Asian: 4.71%
  • Black or African American: 2.09%
  • Native American: 0.65%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.39%
The current population of Chico, California is 121,219, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 94,342.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 86,187.

Chico, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021196,880-11,153-5.66%
2020208,033-11,153-5.36%
2019219,186-11,153-5.09%
2018230,3391,6430.71%
2017228,6962,4651.08%
2016226,2311,6000.71%
2015224,6311,1150.50%
2014223,5161,8750.84%
2013221,6417720.35%
2012220,8698940.40%
2011219,975260.01%
2010219,9490.00%

Chico Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White77,47181.95%
Two or More Races4,8515.13%
Some Other Race4,7935.07%
Asian4,4524.71%
Black or African American1,9782.09%
American Indian and Alaska Native6110.65%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3730.39%
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Chico Population by Race

Chico Population Pyramid 2021

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Chico Median Age

29.7


Total

28.9


Male

30.5


Female

Chico Adults

There are 76,369 adults, (12,293 of whom are seniors) in Chico.

Chico Age Dependency

47.5

Age Dependency Ratio

19.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Chico Sex Ratio

Female

48,414

51.22%

Male

46,115

48.78%

Chico Population by Age

Chico Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chico Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.7%29.3%
All44.7%55.3%
Non Family30.7%69.3%
Female29.7%70.3%
Male28.9%71.1%

44.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chico Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All36,1642.5244.7
Non Family17,1561.7230.7
Married12,7763.2570.7
Female4,2633.229.7
Male1,9693.1828.9

3.12

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

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Chico Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,5842.88%
9th to 12th Grade2,5214.59%
High School Graduate9,31716.95%
Some College15,13627.54%
Associates Degree5,85210.65%
Bachelors Degree13,36224.31%
Graduate Degree7,18313.07%
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Chico Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chico Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White41,64839,87616,885
Hispanic8,1636,4831,844
Other Race2,5831,886547
Asian2,4641,988922
Multiple Races1,6011,473665
Black1,1511,097350
Native American38534238
Islander1661519

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.75%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among multiple races people with a rate of 41.54%.

Chico Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,676$40,813$34,583
Less Than High School$21,645$25,031$16,556
High School Grad$30,325$32,378$24,863
Some College$30,026$33,031$25,830
Bachelors Degree$51,276$60,126$46,605
Graduate Degree$67,183$76,339$61,396

$37,676

Average Earnings

$40,813

Average Male

$34,583

Average Female

Chico Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chico Language by Age

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Chico Language

83.73% of Chico residents speak only English, while 16.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.35% of the population.

Chico Language

Chico Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White64,57613,86921.48%
Hispanic16,6054,43026.68%
Multiple4,6321,49332.23%
Other4,5441,23127.09%
Asian4,3561,04924.08%
Black1,90065934.68%
Native61116026.19%
Islander3735615.01%

23.20%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.73%

Male Poverty Rate

24.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chico

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chico is Black, with 34.68% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chico is Islander, with 15.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.76%. Among those working part-time, it was 36.32%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.56%.

Chico Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School32.71%
Some College17.24%
High School16.14%
Bachelors or Greater5.90%

Chico Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed59.26%
Female Unemployed57.22%
Female Employed18.87%
Male Employed14.71%

Chico Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chico Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,324$76,118
Families$74,011$98,065
Married Families$94,763$120,981
Non Families$34,117$49,440
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Income by Household Type

Chico Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

34.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.2%

Male Marriage Rate

32.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Chico Married by Age and Sex

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Chico Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Chico Marital Status by Race

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Chico Marital Status

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4,103

Number of Veterans

3,642

Male Veterans

461

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,466
Second Gulf War812
First Gulf War733
Korea483
World War II296

Chico Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,318
65 to 741,078
35 to 54912
18 to 34402
55 to 64393

Chico Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,8806.10%
Hispanic3532.78%
Asian661.83%
2 or More431.52%
Black422.64%
Indian276.19%
Hawaiian2310.27%
Other220.54%

Chico Veterans by Race

Chico Veterans by Education

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11.18%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chico Veterans by Education

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65%

Labor Force Participation

59.8%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

Chico Employment by Age

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Chico Employment by Race

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Chico Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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73.21%

Born in California

92.39%

Native Born

7.61%

Foreign Born

3.88%

Non Citizen

3.73%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.39% of Chico residents were born in the United States, with 73.21% having been born in California. 3.88% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Chico Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021121,2198,9597.98%
2020112,2608,9598.67%
2019103,3018,9599.50%
201894,3421,2761.37%
201793,0661,5021.64%
201691,5641,1951.32%
201590,3698780.98%
201489,4911,1291.28%
201388,3624470.51%
201287,9156460.74%
201187,2694860.56%
201086,78326,2673.67%
200060,51620,4374.21%
199040,07913,3634.14%
198026,7167,1363.16%
197019,5804,8232.87%
196014,7572,4851.86%
195012,2722,9852.83%
19409,2871,3261.55%
19307,961-1,378-1.58%
19209,3395,5899.55%
19103,7501,1103.57%
19002,640-254-0.91%
18902,894-406-1.30%
18803,3000.00%

Chico Population by Year