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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Cerritos really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Cerritos perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Cerritos is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Cerritos, the average commute to work is 33.15 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

In addition, Cerritos has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (45.15%).

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