Chowchilla, California Population 2024

18,661

Chowchilla is a city located in Madera County and Merced County California. Chowchilla has a 2024 population of 18,661. Chowchilla is currently declining at a rate of -0.2% annually and its population has decreased by -0.82% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,815 in 2020.

The average household income in Chowchilla is $81,535 with a poverty rate of 16.7%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Chowchilla is 34.1 years, 34.8 years for males, and 33.7 years for females.

Chowchilla Demographics

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

  • White: 48.73%
  • Other race: 28.35%
  • Two or more races: 8.96%
  • Asian: 6.22%
  • Black or African American: 5.94%
  • Native American: 1.69%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
Land Area (mi²)
11.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,683.20/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.82% (-154)
The current population of Chowchilla, California is 18,661 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 18,815.

Chowchilla, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White9,14848.73%
Other race5,32128.35%
Two or more races1,6828.96%
Asian1,1686.22%
Black or African American1,1155.94%
Native American3171.69%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander210.11%

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Chowchilla Population by Race

Chowchilla Population Pyramid 2024

Chowchilla Median Age

34.1

Total

34.8

Male

33.7

Female

Chowchilla Adults

There are 14,569 adults, (1,761 of whom are seniors) in Chowchilla.

Chowchilla Age Dependency

46.6

Age Dependency Ratio

13.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Chowchilla Sex Ratio

Female9,75451.96%
Male9,01848.04%

Chowchilla Population by Age

Chowchilla Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All3,9183.366040
Married1,7254.296634
Non Family1,3041.261.738.3
Female5885.0840.559.5
Male3014.0155.844.2

4.18

Average Family Size

3.36

Average Household Size

60.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Chowchilla Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1959.35%
9th to 12th Grade1,99815.63%
High School Graduate3,46527.11%
Some College3,49627.35%
Associates Degree8967.01%
Bachelors Degree1,33510.45%
Graduate Degree3963.1%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Chowchilla Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chowchilla Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Hispanic5,3013,315347
White4,9654,3021,003
Other Race3,4182,133196
2+ Races1,028765154
Black98871420
Asian888720248
Native American24917743
Islander21210

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 27.93%.

Chowchilla Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$25,721$41,757$16,378
Less Than 9th Grade$25,084$43,214$12,300
High School Graduate$28,830$42,163$13,883
Some College$21,149$27,199$15,578
Bachelors Degree$34,666$71,068$22,267
Graduate Degree$69,141$0$69,688

$25,721

Average Earnings

$41,757

Average Male

$16,378

Average Female

Chowchilla Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chowchilla Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Chowchilla Language

58.3% of Chowchilla residents speak only English, while 41.7% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.73% of the population.

Chowchilla Language

Chowchilla Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic6,5271,00815.44%
White5,28158211.02%
Asian96053455.63%
Other3,55147313.32%
Multiple869606.9%
Islander88100%
Black7522.67%

16.7%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.96%

Male Poverty Rate

16.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chowchilla

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chowchilla is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chowchilla is Black, with 2.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.83%.

Chowchilla Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.83%
High School16.41%
Bachelors or Greater15.48%
Some College11.15%

Chowchilla Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed30.22%
Male Unemployed29.97%
Male Employed5.98%
Female Employed5.6%

Chowchilla Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chowchilla Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$67,212$81,535
Families$75,625$91,232
Married Families$90,964$-999,999,999
Non Families$40,870$52,793

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Chowchilla Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

31.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.5%

Male Marriage Rate

29.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Chowchilla Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Chowchilla 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 45-54.

Chowchilla Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Chowchilla Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

653

Number of Veterans

599

Male Veterans

54

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War249
First Gulf War129
Vietnam125
Korea34
World War II0

Chowchilla Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
55 to 64197
35 to 54187
18 to 34147
65 to 7481
75+41

Chowchilla Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White4226.06%
Hispanic2013.2%
Other Race1543.89%
2+ Races503.95%
Black222.02%
Asian50.5%

Chowchilla Veterans by Race

Chowchilla Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

3.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chowchilla Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

37.5%

Labor Force Participation

33.7%

Employment Rate

10.1%

Unemployment Rate

Chowchilla Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Chowchilla Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Chowchilla Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

72.04%

Born in Chowchilla

84.07%

Native Born

15.93%

Foreign Born

10.24%

Non Citizen

5.69%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.07% of Chowchilla residents were born in the United States, with 72.04% having been born in California. 10.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Chowchilla Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202918,468-39-0.21%
202818,507-38-0.2%
202718,545-39-0.21%
202618,584-38-0.2%
202518,622-39-0.21%
202418,661-38-0.2%
202318,699-39-0.21%
202218,738-69-0.37%
202118,807-8-0.04%
202018,8153832.08%
201918,432-391-2.08%
201818,8232751.48%
201718,5483141.72%
201618,234-214-1.16%
201518,448-444-2.35%
201418,8921,5008.62%
201317,392-607-3.37%
201217,999-920-4.86%
201118,9191410.75%
201018,7784,36230.26%
200014,4168,486143.1%
19905,93080815.78%
19805,12277317.77%
19704,349-176-3.89%
19604,52563216.23%
19503,8931,93698.93%
19401,9571,110131.05%
193084700%
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Chowchilla Population by Year