Brea, CA
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Brea is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 43,601 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 89.09% 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 (14.43%), office and administrative support (13.61%), and sales jobs (12.74%).

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 32.34 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The citizens of Brea are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.46% of adults in Brea have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Brea in 2010 was $41,087, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $164,348 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 29.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brea include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Brea's cultural character, accounting for 19.70% of the city’s population.

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