California vs Chicago, Illinois (Statistical Comparison)

California is a state of the United States Of America located in the Western Region of the country, whereas Chicago is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois. Today in this article, we will discuss the comparison between California and Chicago regarding various aspects.


Is California bigger than Chicago (Illinois)?

The total area of California is 163,696 sq mi, and the total area of Chicago is 234.21 sq mi. California is bigger than Chicago by 163,461.79 sq mi. California is around 698.93 times bigger than Chicago.

Area of California:  163,696 sq mi ( 423,970 km2 )

Area of California compared to Chicago

Area of Chicago, Illinois:  234.21 sq mi ( 606.60 km2 )

Area of Chicago compared to California


According to the United States Census Bureau, the total population of California as of 1st July 2021 was estimated to be around 39,237,836.

Population of California compared to Chicago

Based on the United States Census Bureau data, the total population of Chicago (Illinois) as of 2019, was estimated to be around 2.71 Million.

Population of Chicago compared to California

Here is some more data comparison between California and Chicago.

Official Languages

California: English
Chicago: English


California: Californian
Chicago: Chicagoan

California Time Zone: 

UTC – 8 (Pacific Time Zone)

UTC – 7 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Chicago Time Zone: 

UTC − 6 (Central Standard Time)

Summer (DST):
UTC − 5 (Central Daylight Time)

Geological Coordinates

Coordinates of California:
37° 0′ 0″ N, 120° 0′ 0″ W

Coordinates of Chicago:
41° 52′ 55″ N87° 37′ 40″ W

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