Chula Vista, California Population 2021

281,838
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Chula Vista is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 281,838, 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 1.32% annually and its population has increased by 15.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 243,916 in 2010. Chula Vista reached it's highest population of 281,838 in 2021. Spanning over 52 miles, Chula Vista has a population density of 5,678 people per square mile.

The average household income in Chula Vista is $99,192 with a poverty rate of 9.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,622 per month, and the median house value is $492,700. The median age in Chula Vista is 35.5 years, 33.9 years for males, and 37.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.4 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: 64.80%
  • Asian: 16.41%
  • Other race: 7.72%
  • Two or more races: 5.44%
  • Black or African American: 4.69%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.54%
  • Native American: 0.39%
The current population of Chula Vista, California is 281,838, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 270,819.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 243,916.

Chula Vista, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White174,26864.80%
Asian44,11916.41%
Some Other Race20,7717.72%
Two or More Races14,6285.44%
Black or African American12,6234.69%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1,4640.54%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0470.39%
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Chula Vista Population by Race

Chula Vista Population Pyramid 2021

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Chula Vista Median Age

35.5


Total

33.9


Male

37.4


Female

Chula Vista Adults

There are 200,871 adults, (32,455 of whom are seniors) in Chula Vista.

Chula Vista Age Dependency

59.7

Age Dependency Ratio

19.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Chula Vista Sex Ratio

Female

136,265

50.67%

Male

132,655

49.33%

Chula Vista Population by Age

Chula Vista Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Chula Vista Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.4%30.6%
All59.1%40.9%
Male48.7%51.3%
Non Family47.3%52.7%
Female41.4%58.6%

59.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Chula Vista Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,6713.3559.1
Married45,5983.9169.4
Non Family16,2721.3347.3
Female12,9423.8241.4
Male4,8593.6148.7

3.75

Average Family Size

3.35

Average Household Size

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Chula Vista Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,7307.83%
9th to 12th Grade16,3659.34%
High School Graduate35,63320.33%
Some College41,34823.59%
Associates Degree16,6739.51%
Bachelors Degree35,68220.36%
Graduate Degree15,8319.03%
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Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic97,74273,01920,247
White35,72433,81613,361
Asian30,30427,52114,266
Other Race14,04910,8532,465
Black8,4187,8342,528
Multiple Races6,1795,6341,867
Islander1,069913278
Native American654515113

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.66%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.08%.

Chula Vista Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$43,395$51,176$35,302
Less Than High School$24,444$30,811$19,727
High School Grad$33,134$41,601$27,317
Some College$41,850$51,449$33,910
Bachelors Degree$61,572$71,943$53,438
Graduate Degree$83,042$86,189$80,263

$43,395

Average Earnings

$51,176

Average Male

$35,302

Average Female

Chula Vista Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chula Vista Language by Age

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Chula Vista Language

40.49% of Chula Vista residents speak only English, while 59.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 48.13% of the population.

Chula Vista Language

Chula Vista Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic159,85218,57311.62%
White44,4683,3177.46%
Asian44,0452,4165.49%
Other20,6802,0049.69%
Black12,3761,46111.81%
Multiple14,5389006.19%
Islander1,45822015.09%
Native1,047969.17%

9.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.00%

Male Poverty Rate

11.22%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chula Vista

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Islander, with 15.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chula Vista is Asian, with 5.49% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.66%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.02%.

Chula Vista Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.36%
High School10.26%
Some College7.28%
Bachelors or Greater3.69%

Chula Vista Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed25.52%
Male Unemployed18.15%
Female Employed5.07%
Male Employed3.73%

Chula Vista Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chula Vista Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$81,272$99,192
Families$90,093$106,007
Married Families$104,492$121,449
Non Families$43,687$62,919
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Income by Household Type

Chula Vista Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.6%

Male Marriage Rate

48.5%

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 45-54.

Chula Vista Marital Status by Race

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Chula Vista Marital Status

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16,131

Number of Veterans

13,971

Male Veterans

2,160

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War6,519
Second Gulf War6,069
Vietnam4,091
Korea958
World War II385

Chula Vista Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 545,663
55 to 643,091
65 to 742,891
75+2,364
18 to 342,122

Chula Vista Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White8,9956.97%
Hispanic4,0483.55%
Asian3,77111.08%
Black1,75119.89%
Other7254.52%
2 or More7159.57%
Indian13015.72%
Hawaiian443.96%

Chula Vista Veterans by Race

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

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3.75%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chula Vista Veterans by Education

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65.7%

Labor Force Participation

58.2%

Employment Rate

9%

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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52.37%

Born in California

68.86%

Native Born

31.14%

Foreign Born

14.56%

Non Citizen

16.57%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

68.86% of Chula Vista residents were born in the United States, with 52.37% having been born in California. 14.56% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021281,8383,6731.32%
2020278,1653,6731.34%
2019274,4923,6731.36%
2018270,8191,7730.66%
2017269,0462,8081.05%
2016266,2382,0320.77%
2015264,2064,3211.66%
2014259,8853,1941.24%
2013256,6914,3121.71%
2012252,3794,0611.64%
2011248,3183,6701.50%
2010244,64871,0923.49%
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%

Chula Vista Population by Year