Chino vs. Chico

Two California cities of similar size, Chico and Chino are often confused by those who’ve never visited either. There are differences: One has a prison, one has a state university; one is in Northern California, the other in the southern part of the state. Next time somebody accuses you of being a Chinoan rather than a Chicoan, point out the subtle differences listed below.

Demographic Chino Chico

Year incorporated 1910 1872

Home ownership 66 percent 33 percent

Median household income $58,925 $31,038

Population 73,065 68,589

Whites 59.5 % 77 %

Blacks 8.3 % 2%

Native American 1.7 % 1%

City motto “Where everything grows.” “But this is Chico."*