Chico, CA

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Population

225,207

0.594% growth

Poverty Rate

20.5%


Median Age

36.9


Median Household Income

$46,516

4.85% growth

Number of Employees

93,439

2.66% growth

Median Property Value

$238,200

4.25% growth

About

In 2017, Chico, CA had a population of 225k people with a median age of 36.9 and a median household income of $46,516. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Chico, CA grew from 223,877 to 225,207, a 0.594% increase and its median household income grew from $44,366 to $46,516, a 4.85% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chico, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (72.9%), White (Hispanic) (9.34%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (4.47%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.37%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (4.12%). N/A% of the people in Chico, CA speak a non-English language, and 96.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chico, CA are California State University-Chico (4,298 degrees awarded in 2017), Butte College (2,822 degrees), and Butte County Regional Occupational Program (104 degrees).

The median property value in Chico, CA is $238,200, and the homeownership rate is 59%. Most people in Chico, CA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19 minutes. The average car ownership in Chico, CA is 2 cars per household.

Chico, CA borders Yuba City, CA and Red Bluff, CA.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Chico, CA employs 93.4k people. The largest industries in Chico, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,419 people), Retail Trade (12,331 people), and Educational Services (9,547 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,500), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,548), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,606).

Median household income in Chico, CA is $46,516. Males in Chico, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,252. The income inequality in Chico, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$46,516

2017 value

± $1,130

4.85%

1 Year Growth

± 3.36%

Households in Chico, CA have a median annual income of $46,516, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,366 in 2016, which represents a 4.85% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,235

Average Male Salary

± $699

$57,252

Average Female Salary

± $582

In 2017, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,946 ± $1,081

  2. White

    $59,925 ± $556

  3. Two or More Races

    $49,289 ± $1,826

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chico, CA is from California.

0.5

2017 Wage GINI

0.5

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in California was 0.5 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.16% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chico, CA was Santa Clara County, CA with a value of $126,606, followed by Marin County, CA and San Mateo County, CA, with respective values of $126,373 and $124,425.

The following map shows all of the counties in Chico, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chico, CA (45k out of 220k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    34,559 ± 1,382

  2. Hispanic

    9,262 ± 618

  3. Two Or More

    3,448 ± 398

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chico, CA is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

93.4k

2017 Value

± 2,196

2.66%

1 Year growth

± 3.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chico, CA grew at a rate of 2.66%, from 91k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chico, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,507 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,658 people), and Management Occupations (9,101 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chico, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chico, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,507 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,658 people), and Management Occupations (9,101 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Chico, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.04 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.61 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chico, CA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($91,462), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($73,163), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($66,897).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

93.4k

2017 Value

± 2,196

2.66%

1 Year growth

± 3.25%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Chico, CA grew at a rate of 2.66%, from 91k employees to 93.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chico, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,419 people), Retail Trade (12,331 people), and Educational Services (9,547 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chico, CA, though some of these residents may live in Chico, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chico, CA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,419 people), Retail Trade (12,331 people), and Educational Services (9,547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Chico, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.32 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.39 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chico, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($87,500), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,548), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,606).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $232B

  2. $172B

  3. $136B

In 2015, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $232B, followed by Mixed freight ($172B) and Gasoline ($136B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.7T

2020 Value

$2.48T

Projected 2045 Value

46.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $1.7T. This is expected to increase 46.3% to $2.48T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $71.8B

  2. $46.9B

  3. $34B

In 2015, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $71.8B, followed by Arizona with $46.9B and Washington and $34B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.6% of the population of Chico, CA has health coverage, with 38.6% on employee plans, 25% on Medicaid, 12.1% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.57% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Chico, CA was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Chico, CA see 1281 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1281 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1214 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 324 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (10.6%). Additionally, Tulare County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,281 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,281 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,281 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,735

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,368

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,833

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.37%

Uninsured

38.6%

Employer Coverage

25%

Medicaid

12.1%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

1.57%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chico, CA declined by 21.8% from 10.7% to 8.37%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chico, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 10.6% prevalence

  2. 10.5% prevalence

  3. 10.3% prevalence

Tehama County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 10.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Chico, CA is home to a population of 225k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.63% of Chico, CA residents were born outside of the country (17.2k people).

In 2017, there were 7.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (164k people) in Chico, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21k White (Hispanic) and 10.1k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Chico, CA was 36.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Chico, CA are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Chico, CA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.63%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

17.2k people

7.82%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

17.5k people

As of 2017, 7.63% of Chico, CA residents (17.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chico, CA was 7.82%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    4,212,695 ± 47,591 people

  2. Philippines

    836,199 ± 22,209 people

  3. China

    612,429 ± 19,062 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,212,695 California residents, followed by Philippines with 836,199 and China with 612,429.

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Citizenship

96.3%

2017 Citizenship

96.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.3% of Chico, CA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Chico, CA was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chico, CA

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    164k ± 195

  2. White (Hispanic)

    21k ± 1.08k

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    10.1k ± 609

In 2017, there were 7.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (164k people) in Chico, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21k White (Hispanic) and 10.1k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Chico, CA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,243 ± 411

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,814 ± 337

  3. Korea

    1,550 ± 201

Chico, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Chico, CA awarded 7,224 degrees. The student population of Chico, CA is skewed towards women, with 13,599 male students and 15,737 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chico, CA are White (3,961 and 56.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,596 and 22.8%), Unknown (464 and 6.62%), and Asian (454 and 6.48%).

The largest universities in Chico, CA by number of degrees awarded are California State University-Chico (4,298 and 59.5%), Butte College (2,822 and 39.1%), and Butte County Regional Occupational Program (104 and 1.44%).

The most popular majors in Chico, CA are General Business Administration & Management (841 and 11.6%), General Social Sciences (550 and 7.61%), and General Psychology (338 and 4.68%).

The median tuition costs in Chico, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,742 and $17,622 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 684 degrees awarded

  2. 254 degrees awarded

  3. 152 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chico, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 684 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chico, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,298 degrees awarded

  2. 2,822 degrees awarded

  3. 104 degrees awarded

$5,742

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Chico, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was California State University-Chico with 4,298 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,294

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,930

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,294 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chico, CA, which is 0.838 times less than the 3,930 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,961 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,596 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    464 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Chico, CA were to White students. These 3,961 degrees mean that there were 2.48 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,596 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chico, CA was $238,200 in 2017, which is 1.04 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $228,500 to $238,200, a 4.25% increase. The homeownership rate in Chico, CA is 59%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Chico, CA have an average commute time of 19 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Chico, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$238,200

2017 Median

± $3,917

$228,500

2016 Median

± $3,731

In 2017, the median property value in Chico, CA grew to to $238,200 from the previous year's value of $228,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chico, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chico, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$46,516

Median Household Income

± $1,130

86.2k

Number of Households

± 1,992

In 2017, the median household income of the 86.2k households in Chico, CA grew to $46,516 from the previous year's value of $44,366.

The following chart displays the households in Chico, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chico, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chico, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

59%

2017 Homeownership

58.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59% of the housing units in Chico, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chico, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chico, CA have a shorter commute time (19 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.23% of the workforce in Chico, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.67%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Chico, CA was Drove Alone (75%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Worked At Home (5.67%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chico, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chico, CA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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