Chula Vista, California Population 2022

281,801
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Chula Vista is a city located in San Diego County California. With a 2020 population of 281,801, it is the 15th largest city in California and the 78th largest city in the United States. Chula Vista is currently growing at a rate of 1.13% annually and its population has increased by 2.29% 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 5,677 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chula Vista is $99,192 with a poverty rate of 9.52%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,729 per month, and the median house value is $526,500. The median age in Chula Vista is 35.5 years, 33.9 years for males, and 37.4 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 Vistawas:

  • White: 57.63%
  • Asian: 15.31%
  • Two or more races: 11.54%
  • Other race: 9.43%
  • Black or African American: 5.10%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.46%
The current population of Chula Vista, California is 281,801 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 2022

Population by Race

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Chula Vista Population by Race

Chula Vista Population Pyramid 2022

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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

Age Dependency Ratio

19

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39

Child Dependency Ratio

Chula Vista Sex Ratio

Female

135,811

50.53%

Male

132,968

49.47%

Chula Vista Population by Age

Chula Vista Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chula Vista Household Types

60.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chula Vista Households and Families

3.73

Average Family Size

3.36

Average Household Size

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Chula Vista Households by Type

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Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.86%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 46.05%.

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

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$43,938

Average Earnings

$51,437

Average Male

$35,990

Average Female

Chula Vista Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chula Vista Language by Age

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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 47.00% of the population.

Chula Vista Language

Chula Vista Poverty by Race

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9.52%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.91%

Male Poverty Rate

11.10%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chula Vista

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Islander, with 18.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Multiple, with 6.27% 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

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Chula Vista Poverty Rate by Education

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Chula Vista Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chula Vista Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Chula Vista Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

51.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.3%

Male Marriage Rate

49.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Chula Vista Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Chula Vista Marital Status

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17,437

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Chula Vista Veterans by War

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Chula Vista Veterans by Age

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Chula Vista Veterans by Race

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

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4.09%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

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66.5%

Labor Force Participation

58.4%

Employment Rate

9.7%

Unemployment Rate

Chula Vista Employment by Age

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Chula Vista Employment by Race

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Chula Vista 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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53.12%

Born in Chula Vista

69.95%

Native Born

30.05%

Foreign Born

12.74%

Non Citizen

17.31%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

69.95% of Chula Vista residents were born in the United States, with 53.12% having been born in California. 12.74% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Chula Vista Population by Year