Brea, CA


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Brea is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 41,944 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Brea is the 207th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Brea are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Brea is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Brea is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brea who work in management occupations (14.57%), office and administrative support (12.88%), and sales jobs (12.59%).

Also of interest is that Brea has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Brea is also a city of artists. Brea has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Brea’s character.

In Brea, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.81 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The education level of Brea ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Brea, 43.73% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Brea in 2010 was $36,640, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $146,560 for a family of four. However, Brea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brea is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Brea home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brea residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Brea also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brea include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brea's cultural character, accounting for 21.10% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Brea is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.