Chico, CA
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Chico is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 90,316 people and 24 constituent neighborhoods, Chico is the 83rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Chico are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Chico is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Chico is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Chico who work in office and administrative support (13.14%), sales jobs (12.56%), and management occupations (8.40%).

Also of interest is that Chico has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Chico really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Chico is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Chico more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Chico’s character and quality of life.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Chico spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.57 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Chico citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.51% of adults in Chico have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chico in 2010 was $24,205, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,820 for a family of four. However, Chico contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chico is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chico home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chico residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Chico also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chico include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Chico is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.