Chowchilla, CA
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Chowchilla is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 18,510 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Chowchilla is the 320th largest community in California. Chowchilla has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Chowchilla, where the median household income is $34,559.00.

Housing costs in Chowchilla 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.

Unlike some cities, Chowchilla isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Chowchilla are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chowchilla is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chowchilla who work in sales jobs (11.09%), management occupations (9.90%), and office and administrative support (9.18%).

In Chowchilla, just 8.55% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Chowchilla in 2010 was $11,278, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $45,112 for a family of four. However, Chowchilla contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Chowchilla also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.14% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Chowchilla is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chowchilla home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Chowchilla, accounting for 40.95% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chowchilla residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Chowchilla include Irish, Palestinian, Italian, and English.

Chowchilla also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.63%.

The most common language spoken in Chowchilla is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.

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