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.

Chico is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.32% 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 (12.74%), sales jobs (11.72%), and management occupations (8.92%).

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.

Chico is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Chico has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Chico enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Chico.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.65 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Chico citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.91% of adults in Chico have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Chico in 2010 was $24,775, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,100 for a family of four. However, Chico contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Chico is a somewhat 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 17.03% 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.