Cerritos, CA
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Living in Cerritos


Cerritos is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 50,555 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Cerritos is the 173rd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Cerritos 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.

Cerritos is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cerritos is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cerritos who work in office and administrative support (14.58%), healthcare (13.33%), and sales jobs (11.36%).

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

Because of many things, Cerritos is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Cerritos a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Cerritos has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Cerritos’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Cerritos, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.15 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Cerritos use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Cerritos‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Cerritos is a pretty powerful place. 50.40% of the adults in Cerritos have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Cerritos in 2010 was $36,449, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,796 for a family of four. However, Cerritos contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cerritos is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cerritos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cerritos residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Cerritos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cerritos include German, Irish, Italian, and Dutch.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Cerritos's cultural character, accounting for 45.15% of the city’s population.

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