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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,533
Male Share of the Population43.9%
Female Share of the Population56.1%
Senior Citizens7.4%
Employed Population 16+4,039
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married32.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.4%
Median Earnings25+$22,195
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,298
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,928

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,882
% Above Poverty Level80.5%
% Below Poverty Level19.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone21.9%
Median Gross Rent$899
Median House Value$205,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)72.2%
Irish5.9%
English3.4%
Italian3.1%
Arab2.3%
Portuguese2.2%
Palestinian1.8%
Dutch1.3%
Scottish0.9%
Polish0.8%
Swedish0.6%
French Except Basque0.5%
Russian0.4%
African0.4%
Basque0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Welsh0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Greek0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Finnish0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Chowchilla Almanac

CategoryValue
County Madera County
Standard Zip Codes93610
Phone Area Codes559
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.07
Approximate Longitude-120.27

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)

StationMADERA
Distance17.3 miles
Jan Temp37 to 54 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp63 to 97 F
Oct Temp49 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.9 inches
StationFRIANT GOVERNMENT CAMP
Distance31.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 55 F
Apr Temp44 to 73 F
Jul Temp61 to 99 F
Oct Temp50 to 81 F
Annual Precip14.7 inches
StationLOS BANOS DET RESV
Distance38.5 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp49 to 72 F
Jul Temp64 to 94 F
Oct Temp54 to 78 F
Annual Precip8.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atwater29,197$54,592
Dos Palos5,272$55,184
Firebaugh8,295$40,871
Madera64,362$44,588
Merced82,289$46,559

Chowchilla Public Schools

Alview Elementary
20513 Rd. 4
ZIP: 93610
Primary
Total Enrollment 160
Challenger Elementary Community Day
345 So. Eleventh St.
ZIP: 93610
Chowchilla Union High
805 Humboldt Ave.
ZIP: 93610
High
Total Enrollment 1005
Dairyland Elementary
12861 Ave. 18 1/2
ZIP: 93610
Middle
Total Enrollment 192
Discovery Secondary
345 So. Eleventh St.
ZIP: 93610
Fairmead Elementary
19421 Ave. 22 3/4
ZIP: 93610
Middle
Total Enrollment 491
Gateway High (continuation)
805 Humboldt Ave.
ZIP: 93610
High
Total Enrollment 21
Merle L. Fuller Elementary
1101 Monterey Ave.
ZIP: 93610
Primary
Total Enrollment 503
Ronald Reagan Elementary
2200 S. Lake Tahoe Dr.
ZIP: 93610
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Stephens Elementary
355 N. 5th St.
ZIP: 93610
Primary
Total Enrollment 244
Wilson Middle
1209 Robertson Blvd.
ZIP: 93610
Middle
Total Enrollment 492

Chowchilla Private Schools

Chowchilla Sda School
22310 Road 13
ZIP: 93610
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
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