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Brea, CA
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Brea profile


Living in Brea



Brea is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 46,993 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Brea is the 196th 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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.46% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One downside of living in Brea is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Brea, the average commute to work is 32.11 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Brea is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.53% of adults in Brea have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Brea in 2018 was $47,945, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $191,780 for a family of four.

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 29.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brea include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

In addition, Brea has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.35%).

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