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.

Cerritos is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Cerritos’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Cerritos, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.15 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Cerritos is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Cerritos, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

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.