This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Chico has a very low population density. Chico is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
With a quality of life rating of 7/10 and an overall value of 6/10, there are many things to love about Chico, CA, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Chico, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Chico has a population density of 2,426, with 67,317 current residents.
Out of the 67,317 current residents, 49% are male and 51% are female. 41% of the residents are married and 59% are single.
- 68% Sun
- 26% Rain
- 0% Snow
66°F average temperature
- 26 years Median home age
- $234,430 Median home price
- -8.64% Home appreciation rate
- 7.93% Annual property tax
As for living in Chico, the air quality is 14% and the weather, on average, is 68% sunny, 26% rainy, and 0% snowy. The average temperature is 66°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Chico, you should know that 40.1% of homes are owned while 54.5% of homes are rented, and 5.3% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $234,430, the median age of homes is 26 years, the annual home appreciation is -8.64% and the annual property tax is 7.93%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)6
When looking at the community of Chico, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Chico’s crime rate is 6 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Chico is 29 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 49.66% Democratic, 47.32% Republican, and 3.03% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:21
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
87%High school diploma
9%Some college or associates degree
10%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Chico, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 11.90% of residents are unemployed in Chico (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Chico residents: 11.7% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 24.28% are in the arts and sciences field, 19% are in the customer service field, 28.5% are in the sales field, 1.25% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 6.2% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 9.1% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:21. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 87.23%, 9.13% of residents have an associate’s degree, 22.87% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 10.33% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Chico, you should be aware that the average commute time is 18 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Chico have a few different options. 71% of commuters use their own cars, 13% of commuters carpool, 2% of commuters use the transit system, and 4% of residents work from home.