Introduction to Cerritos, California

The California city of Cerritos is located in the southeast portion of Los Angeles County, roughly midway between downtown Los Angeles and the Orange County business centers of Irvine, Anaheim and Santa Ana. Situated at the center of the Los Angeles Basin, Cerritos is easily accessible to air transportation from Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Orange County's John Wayne Airport. The city is serviced by three major thoroughfares: California State Highway 91 (Artesia Boulevard) and Interstates I-605 (San Gabriel Freeway) and I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway).

Incorporated in 1956 as the City of Dairy Valley, Cerritos owed its original name to the city's agricultural focus. The community at that time housed tens of thousands of cows and chickens in its 400 dairies and numerous poultry farms. In 1967, the city's name was officially changed to Cerritos owing to its location near land that was part of the original Rancho Los Cerritos Spanish land grant. One of the first cities in Los Angeles County to develop large-scale retail zones, Cerritos in the late 20th-century was able to reinvest funds into the community with large public works projects and community services and programs. Some of its pioneering initiatives include the building of America's first solar heated city hall and the construction of a recycled water system to irrigate parks and street medians.

Arts, Culture and Recreation in Cerritos

A total of 28 parks and recreation facilities in Cerritos provide residents and visitors with a wide variety of recreational options. The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA), a first-rate performing arts and conference facility, offers live performances in music, dance and theater; and includes unique facilities for meetings, banquets and special events. Since its 1993 opening, the CCPA has earned four awards for design and has been named one of the nation's top-grossing theaters in its category. The new Cerritos Sculpture Garden, which opened its doors in March of 2006, offers an inviting setting, framed with graceful trees and textured courtside stone walls, to enjoy the city's growing collection of public artwork. The Los Cerritos Center, an upscale regional commercial shopping mall with a gross lease area of over one-million square feet, opened in 1971 and since that time has served as an integral part of the city's revenue stream.


Total Population 49,701
Male Share of the Population 47.7%
Female Share of the Population 52.3%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 22,164
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 56.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.2%
Median Earnings25+ $48,973
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,231
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,304


Median Family Income $99,915
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%


People Living Alone 12.2%
Median Gross Rent $2,105
Median House Value $605,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 78.1%
US/American 0%
English 2.7%
Irish 2.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cerritos Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Anaheim, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90701, 90703
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.858
Longitude -118.063

Cerritos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.7 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 70 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Artesia 16,785 $62,517
Bellflower 77,756 $53,081
Cypress 49,008 $89,347
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
La Palma 15,842 $87,381
Norwalk 106,659 $62,881

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cerritos Public Libraries

Cerritos Public Library
Cerritos, California
(562) 916-1350
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Cerritos High Schools

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12500 E. 183RD ST.
Serves 2,248 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.7

Serves 1,901 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

Serves 1,022 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.8

12222 CUESTA DR.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 496 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

13435 E. 166TH ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 135 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.3

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