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Overview

Introduction to Chowchilla, California

Chowchilla, California, in Madera county, is 17 miles SE of Merced, California and 37 miles NW of Fresno, California. The city is conveniently located inside the Fresno metropolitan area.

Chowchilla History

The original inhabitants of Chowchilla were known as Horse-thief Indians. These Chowchilla Indians were a huge, warlike tribe. However, the development of the town of Chowchilla is closely associated with Mr. Orlando Alison Robertson, who was born in Prosperity, Pennsylvania. Robertson became interested in developing California around 1910 and organized the United States Farm Land Company. He purchased the Chowchilla Ranch on May 22, 1912. On February 7, 1923, the City of Chowchilla was incorporated.

Chowchilla and nearby Attractions

  • Berenda Reservoir
  • Veteran's Memorial Park
  • Meux Home Museum
  • RC Wisener Park
  • Sports & Leisure Park

Things To Do In Chowchilla

The city of Chowchilla features a number of parks and recreational facilities. You can also find a number of sports facilities including a softball complex, baseball field, children's playgrounds, basketball court and a soccer complex. In addition, the city offers bars, casinos, restaurants and shopping centers.

Chowchilla Transportation

Air transportation is available from Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

Chowchilla Higher Education

Merced College is nearby.

People

Total Population 18,384
Male Share of the Population 36.8%
Female Share of the Population 63.2%
Senior Citizens 9.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,916
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 33%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.5%
Median Earnings25+ $17,638
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,174
Median Earnings With High School Degree $16,478

Wealth

Median Family Income $35,751
% Above Poverty Level 67.9%
% Below Poverty Level 32.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.2%
Median Gross Rent $954
Median House Value $146,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.9%
US/American 0%
English 2.5%
Irish 4.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chowchilla Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles SE of Merced, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles NW of Fresno, California
County Madera
Metro Area Fresno
Standard Zip Codes 93610
Phone Area Codes 559
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.123
Longitude -120.259

Chowchilla Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MADERA
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches
Station FRIANT GOVERNMENT CAMP
Distance 31.1 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 55 F
Apr Temp 44 to 73 F
Jul Temp 61 to 99 F
Oct Temp 50 to 81 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Station LOS BANOS DET RESV
Distance 38.5 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 64 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Chowchilla, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fairmead (93610)

Sharon (93610)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atwater 28,858 $46,237
Dos Palos 5,068 $34,334
Firebaugh 8,084 $41,104
Madera 63,053 $41,504
Merced 81,120 $40,970

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Chowchilla Hospitals

CHOWCHILLA DISTRICT MEM HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1104 VENTURA AVENUE
(559) 665-3718
Emergency Service: No

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Chowchilla High Schools

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CHOWCHILLA HIGH
805 HUMBOLDT AVE.
559-665-1331
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 870 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.5

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805 HUMBOLDT
559-665-1331
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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1117 ALAMEDA ST.
559-661-3570
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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