Chula Vista, California Population 2023

284,958

Chula Vista is a city located in San Diego County California. With a 2023 population of 284,958, it is the 15th largest city in California and the 79th largest city in the United States.Chula Vista is currently growing at a rate of 1.12% annually and its population has increased by 3.44% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 275,487 in 2020. Spanning over 52 miles, Chula Vista has a population density of 5,740 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chula Vista is $99,192 with a poverty rate of 11.84%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Chula Vista is 36 years, 34.6 years for males, and 37.5 years for females.

Chula Vista is located in San Diego County, where it is the second largest city by population. Chula Vista is located just over seven miles from San Diego, and it’s only over seven miles from the border of Mexico.

Growth in Chula Vista, California

Chula Vista has seen significant population growth because of its thriving economy and the support that is offered for small businesses. The small business sector accounts for most of the companies in Chula Vista. The city is also a popular tourist destination, attracting many visitors while also boosting the local economy. Chula Vista has seen significant population growth throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. A population of just over 1,700 in 1920 expanded to nearly 16,000 at the time of the 1950 census. The population has continued to post growth in the double-digit percentages every ten years. Current estimates show that the population is up 9.5% from the last census in 2010, indicating that this thriving city with over a quarter-million resident is only going to continue to grow larger.

Chula Vista Demographics

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

  • White: 57.63%
  • Asian: 15.31%
  • Two or more races: 11.54%
  • Other race: 9.43%
  • Black or African American: 5.1%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.46%
The current population of Chula Vista, California is 284,958 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 275,487.

Chula Vista, California Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Asian

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Chula Vista Population by Race

Chula Vista Population Pyramid 2023

Chula Vista Median Age

36

Total

34.6

Male

37.5

Female

Chula Vista Adults

There are 202,468 adults, (32,391 of whom are seniors) in Chula Vista.

Chula Vista Age Dependency

58

Age Dependency Ratio

19

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39

Child Dependency Ratio

Chula Vista Sex Ratio

Female135,81150.53%
Male132,96849.47%

Chula Vista Population by Age

Chula Vista Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.73

Average Family Size

3.36

Average Household Size

60.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Chula Vista Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 85.46%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 38.81%.

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$43,938

Average Earnings

$51,437

Average Male

$35,990

Average Female

Chula Vista Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chula Vista Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Chula Vista Language

42.35% of Chula Vista residents speak only English, while 57.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 47% of the population.

Chula Vista Language

Chula Vista Poverty by Race

rate

11.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.91%

Male Poverty Rate

11.1%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chula Vista

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Islander, with 21.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Asian, with 6.21% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.28%.

Chula Vista Poverty

Chula Vista Poverty Rate by Education

Chula Vista Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chula Vista Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Chula Vista Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

51.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.3%

Male Marriage Rate

49.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Chula Vista Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Chula Vista Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Chula Vista Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Chula Vista Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

17,437

Number of Veterans

15,138

Male Veterans

2,299

Female Veterans

Chula Vista Veterans by War

Chula Vista Veterans by Age

count

Chula Vista Veterans by Race

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

4.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.4%

Employment Rate

9.7%

Unemployment Rate

Chula Vista Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Chula Vista Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Chula Vista 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

51.82%

Born in Chula Vista

68.25%

Native Born

29.32%

Foreign Born

12.43%

Non Citizen

16.89%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

68.25% of Chula Vista residents were born in the United States, with 51.82% having been born in California. 12.43% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Chula Vista Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Chula Vista Population by Year