Chino, city (1990 pop. 59,682), San Bernardino co., S Calif.; founded 1887, inc. 1910. It is the business and processing center of a diversified farming (notably dairying) area. Processed foods, plastics, and food and beverage machinery are manufactured in Chino, where the city population nearly tripled from 1970 to 1990. Men's and women's state prisons are located there.

Chino is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 67,168 at the 2000 census.

Chino and its surroundings have long been a center of dairy farming, serving the considerable demands for milk products in Southern California and much of the southwestern United States. Two California state prisons for adults (California Institution for Men and California Institution for Women), as well as the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility, lie within the city limits.

Beginning in the 1970s, it developed into a small suburban city, forming the western anchor of the Inland Empire region, and now the city's development has gradually taken on a more middle-class character. There are still many industrial areas as well as farm animals such as goats and chickens. According to the 2004 FBI UCR, the city had about 3.6 violent crimes per 1,000 population, which is typical for an American suburb, and its property crime was actually below average.


Chino is located in the western end of the Riverside-San Bernardino Area region and it is easily accessible to the Chino Valley (71) and Pomona (60) freeways.

Chino is bounded by Chino Hills to the west, unincorporated San Bernardino County (near Montclair) to the north, Ontario to the northeast, unincorporated San Bernardino County to the southeast, and unincorporated Riverside County to the south.


Chino is located at (34.017765, -117.689990). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.5 km² (21.1 mi²). 54.5 km² (21.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.05% is water.


Population by year ,

2000 67,168
1990 59,582
1980 40,165
1970 20,411
1960 10,305
1950 5,784
1940 4,204
1930 3,118
1920 2,132
1910 1,444

As of the census of 2000, there were 67,168 people, 17,304 households, and 14,102 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,232.0/km² (3,190.5/mi²). There were 17,898 housing units at an average density of 328.3/km² (850.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 55.70% White, 7.82% African American, 0.93% Native American, 4.92% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 25.56% from other races, and 4.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.39% of the population.

There were 17,304 households out of which 47.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 14.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.43 and the average family size was 3.77.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 124.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 133.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $55,401, and the median income for a family was $59,638. Males had a median income of $35,855 versus $30,267 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,574. About 6.3% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature Chino is located in the 29th and 32nd Senate Districts, represented by Republicans Bob Margett and Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod respectively, and in the 61st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Nell Soto. Federally, Chino is located in California's 42nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +10 and is represented by Republican Gary Miller.

Famous People from Chino


Chino in Popular Culture

The term Chino is often mentioned in music and television but usually in reference to the prison located there and not the city.

  • In the television series The O.C., the main character, Ryan Atwood, is a tough kid from Chino adopted into a wealthy family in Newport Beach. In the series, Chino is depicted as a dreary slum. The negative depiction of Chino led to complaints from city officials that Chino was being depicted as a "dirtbag town.
  • Chino was used as a location during the filming of the movie Back to the Future, particularly the farmland setting when Marty first travels back in time to 1955.
  • Chino is mentioned in Robert Hunter's song Friend of the Devil, performed by the Grateful Dead.
  • Chino is mentioned in two songs by The Mountain Goats: "Going to Chino" and "Pigs That Ran Straightaway Into The Water, Triumph Of".
  • In the song "Murder Was the Case", by rapper Snoop Dogg, he mentions in the song, "I'm on my way to Chino, rollin' on tha grey goose".
  • California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, while giving a speech in Chico, CA, referred to that city as "Chino".
  • In the song Original Prankster by The Offspring.

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