in the south.
As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 92,323 and a population density of 155 persons per km². The total area is 594.95 km². The city was founded on July 1, 1958.
Chitose is one of the gateways to the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Lake Shikotsu and Mount Tarumae. Chitose also has a university (Chitose Institute of Science and Technology), two high schools, 18 junior high schools, and 10 elementary schools.
The city is notable for having a Peace Pagoda, built by the Japanese Buddhist order Nipponzan Myohoji in 1978.