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Chowchilla, California

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Welcome to Chowchilla ...

The city of Chowchilla is located in Madera County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Chowchilla has a population of 18,432 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Chowchilla, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated February 7, 1923.

Chowchilla is 250 feet [76 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Chowchilla lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Chowchilla is located in the (559) area code.

The ZIP code for Chowchilla: 93610<4>

Websites for Chowchilla ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Chowchilla had an population of 18,432 people. This is a decrease of 1.54% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 65.65% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Chowchilla had a population of 18,720 people (which is 12.41% of the total population of Madera County). This makes Chowchilla the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Chowchilla represents 0.05% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 299th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 18,720 people, the population of Chowchilla increased 68.24% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 11,127 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Chowchilla.

Communities near Chowchilla ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Chowchilla.

  • Merced [Merced County]
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    • Merced [Merced County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Chowchilla
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 88,235 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merced<6>
  • Madera [Madera County]
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    • Madera [Madera County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Chowchilla
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 66,723 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madera
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madera<6>
  • Le Grand [Merced County]
  • Berenda [Madera County]
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    • Berenda [Madera County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Chowchilla
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Lincoln [Madera County] - Historic
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      • Lincoln [Madera County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Chowchilla
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • El Nido [Merced County]
    • Madera Acres [Madera County]
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      • Madera Acres [Madera County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Chowchilla
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    • Planada [Merced County]
    • Tuttle [Merced County]
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      • Tuttle [Merced County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Chowchilla
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    • La Vina [Madera County]
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      • La Vina [Madera County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southeast of Chowchilla
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Chowchilla. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Chowchilla.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Chowchilla. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Chowchilla.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Chowchilla. See our Newspapers Page for Chowchilla.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Chowchilla ...

Looking for more information about Chowchilla? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Chowchilla, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Chowchilla.

Adding Chowchilla to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Chowchilla in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Chowchilla was on a map titled Road Map for California (from Shell Oil, 1956).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Chowchilla on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Chowchilla

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About Madera County

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Madera, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Chowchilla.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Chowchilla - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Chowchilla). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Chowchilla or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Chowchilla) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chowchilla. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ChowchillaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chowchilla. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.1208, Longitude: -120.2627    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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