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 89.07% 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 office and administrative support (14.71%), management occupations (13.58%), and sales jobs (12.11%).

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.

The education level of Brea ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Brea, 40.54% 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 $35,245, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $140,980 for a family of four. However, Brea contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Brea is a very 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 27.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brea include English, Irish, Italian, and French .

In addition, Brea has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.40%).

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