Chula Vista, California Population 2020

277,289
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Chula Vista is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 277,289, it is the 15th largest city in California and the 75th largest city in the United States. Chula Vista is currently growing at a rate of 1.03% annually and its population has increased by 13.68% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 243,916 in 2010. Spanning over 52 miles, Chula Vista has a population density of 5,586 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chula Vista is $93,173 with a poverty rate of 10.85%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,536 per month, and the median house value is $465,000. The median age in Chula Vista is 34.9 years, 33.1 years for males, and 36.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.7 males.

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: 65.55%
  • Asian: 15.97%
  • Other race: 7.33%
  • Two or more races: 5.53%
  • Black or African American: 4.63%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.65%
  • Native American: 0.33%
The current population of Chula Vista, California is 277,289, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 271,651.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 243,916.

Chula Vista, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White174,67365.55%
Asian42,56415.97%
Some Other Race19,5237.33%
Two or More Races14,7345.53%
Black or African American12,3464.63%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,7430.65%
American Indian and Alaska Native8850.33%
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Chula Vista Population Pyramid 2020

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Chula Vista Median Age

34.9


Total

33.1


Male

36.5


Female

Chula Vista Adults

There are 198,078 adults, (32,212 of whom are seniors) in Chula Vista.

Chula Vista Age Dependency

60.7

Age Dependency Ratio

19.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Chula Vista Sex Ratio

Female

134,812

50.59%

Male

131,656

49.41%

Chula Vista Households and Families

Chula Vista Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chula Vista Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.9%31.1%
All58.3%41.7%
Non Family47.2%52.8%
Male44.9%55.1%
Female40.8%59.2%

58.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All78,9403.3558.3
Married44,9133.9268.9
Non Family16,4031.3447.2
Female12,8673.8340.8
Male4,7573.644.9

3.77

Average Family Size

3.35

Average Household Size

4.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Chula Vista Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade14,3828.38%
9th to 12th Grade16,5259.63%
High School Graduate34,25919.96%
Some College41,65324.27%
Associates Degree15,4629.01%
Bachelors Degree34,16019.90%
Graduate Degree15,1858.85%
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Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic93,11368,64618,737
White37,57635,25013,622
Asian29,49426,07013,413
Other Race13,04610,0582,262
Black7,9827,4112,268
Multiple Races5,9765,4281,971
Islander1,2881,052279
Native American56944193

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.81%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 45.48%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,352$48,956$33,667
Less Than High School$23,319$29,872$18,213
High School Grad$32,036$39,634$26,854
Some College$39,984$49,105$31,683
Bachelors Degree$61,518$73,896$51,644
Graduate Degree$78,582$82,727$75,085

$41,352

Average Earnings

$48,956

Average Male

$33,667

Average Female

Chula Vista Language

Chula Vista Language by Age

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Chula Vista Language

41.05% of Chula Vista residents speak only English, while 58.95% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 47.39% of the population.

Chula Vista Poverty

Chula Vista Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic156,01721,12513.54%
White47,0253,6107.68%
Other19,4182,58213.30%
Asian42,4652,2885.39%
Black12,2061,50412.32%
Multiple14,6471,2518.54%
Islander1,73918510.64%
Native885505.65%

10.85%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.33%

Male Poverty Rate

12.32%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chula Vista

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Hispanic, with 13.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Asian, with 5.39% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.26%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.53%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.52%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School20.25%
High School11.36%
Some College7.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.38%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed21.78%
Male Unemployed20.77%
Female Employed6.47%
Male Employed4.45%

Chula Vista Income

Chula Vista Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$76,354$93,173
Families$84,465$100,471
Married Families$97,515$115,675
Non Families$39,192$56,630
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Chula Vista Marital Status

Chula Vista Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.4%

Male Marriage Rate

48.6%

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 Veterans

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16,261

Number of Veterans

14,003

Male Veterans

2,258

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War6,030
First Gulf War6,027
Vietnam4,446
Korea1,092
World War II473
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 545,389
55 to 642,951
65 to 742,879
75+2,553
18 to 342,489
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Name Veterans % of Total
White9,6467.50%
Hispanic4,0423.67%
Asian3,35710.11%
Black1,71719.25%
Other7074.71%
2 or More69910.01%
Indian10314.11%
Hawaiian322.36%

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

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4.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chula Vista Employment Status

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65%

Labor Force Participation

57.7%

Employment Rate

9%

Unemployment Rate

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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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52.45%

Born in California

69.27%

Native Born

30.73%

Foreign Born

14.74%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

69.27% of Chula Vista residents were born in the United States, with 52.45% having been born in California. 14.74% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020277,2892,8191.03%
2019274,4702,8191.04%
2018271,6512,2220.82%
2017269,4292,8191.06%
2016266,6102,1200.80%
2015264,4904,4211.70%
2014260,0693,2501.27%
2013256,8194,3621.73%
2012252,4574,1181.66%
2011248,3393,6831.51%
2010244,65671,1003.49%
2000173,55638,3932.53%
1990135,16351,2364.88%
198083,92716,0262.14%
197067,90125,8674.91%
196042,03426,10710.19%
195015,92710,78911.98%
19405,1381,2692.88%
19303,8692,1518.46%
19201,7180.00%