Income/capita 16%
Household income 22%
Unemployment 25%
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Income per capita$24,948$31,458$29,829
Median household income$43,148$63,783$55,322
Median income owner occupied$73,270$86,568$70,586
Median income renter occupied$28,862$43,419$35,192
Median earnings male$25,256$36,599$36,919
Median earnings female$18,223$27,020$26,250
Unemployment rate5.8%5.5%4.7%
Poverty level25.2%15.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Chico is 16% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Chico is 22% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Chico is 25% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Chico is 67% higher than the national average

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      Chico employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.9%0.9%
      Manufacturing sector9.6%4.3%
      Financial & insurance services3.6%3.9%
      Wholesale & retail services19.0%14.1%
      Public administration4.7%2.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities3.8%1.0%
      Education, health & social services15.4%41.3%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Durham, CA5,660$71,85629.9%
      Paradise CDP, CA158$62,75013.4%
      Cohasset, CA922$60,90210.1%
      Paradise, CA26,396$47,53314.1%
      Magalia, CA11,862$44,44619.7%
      Chico, CA89,377$43,14822.0%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Peterborough, ON89,500n/a 
      San Leandro, CA89,039$64,06515.8%
      Greenville, NC89,745$35,06936.6%
      Fall River, MA88,902$36,79833.5%
      Newmarket, ON88,702n/a 
      Chico, CA89,377$43,14822.0%
      Source: The Chico, CA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).