Cerritos, California

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Cerritos, California

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.

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High Points

Cerritos strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Cerritos Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Cerritos College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 16% Cerritos Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Cerritos Racial Diversity
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Cerritos People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Cerritos, California

Comparing Cerritos to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Racial Diversity 9 8
Male Share of the Population 6 4
Female Share of the Population 5 7
Senior Citizens 3 4
Well-Paid Single Men 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
People Above Poverty 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 3
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 2
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 6 6
Low Property Crime 5 4

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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
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Cerritos Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 51,488 100%
Male 25,056 48.7%
Female 26,432 51.3%
Under 18 12,610 24.5%
18+ 38,878 75.5%
65+ 4,969 9.7%
Median Age 39.3
Average Family Size 3.54
White 13,851 26.9%
African-American 3,432 6.7%
Asian 30,091 58.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 142 0.3%
Other 1,930 3.7%
Mixed Race 1,946 3.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,349 10.4%

Estimated Cerritos Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 52,561
Growth 1,073
Growth % 2.1%

Cerritos Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 78.5%
German 3.5%
Irish 2.6%
English 2.3%
US/American 1.6%
Italian 1.4%
Dutch 0.9%
Portuguese 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Swedish 0.6%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
African 0.5%
Iranian 0.5%
Egyptian 0.5%
European 0.4%
Scottish 0.4%
Polish 0.3%
Nigerian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cerritos 51,488 $76,944
Artesia 16,380 $47,017
Bellflower 72,878 $42,822
Cypress 46,229 $70,060
Hawaiian Gardens 14,779 $31,840
La Palma 15,408 $74,524
Norwalk 103,298 $47,524

Cerritos Public Libraries

Cerritos Public Library
Cerritos, California
(562) 916-1350
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Starbucks in Cerritos

(As of 2005)
12751 Towne Center Drive
Del Amo & Pioneer
20226 Pioneer Blvd
Gridley & South
11401 East South Street
Los Cerritos Mall
306 Los Cerritos Mall

Wal-mart in Cerritos

(As of 2006)
12701 Towne Center Dr
(562) 924-1468
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Cerritos High Schools (2004)

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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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1. Hercules, California 89.9   18.2% 7.4% 35.9% 42 $82,214 5.9% 72% 19,488 3.2% 36.8 0.1% 2
2. La Verne, California 89.4   18.9% 13.1% 31.6% 32 $70,344 5.8% 22.9% 31,638 4.7% 28 0.2% 3
3. San Dimas, California 87.1   21.2% 11.9% 28.4% 32 $72,124 5.9% 25.3% 34,980 6.3% 24.9 0.4% 2.6
4. Pinole, California 86.6   19.6% 12.9% 27.6% 36 $70,172 5.7% 45.6% 19,039 5% 70.8 0.1% 6.2
5. Brea, California 85.1   23.2% 11.4% 33.5% 30 $68,423 6.1% 22.7% 35,410 5.3% 46.1 0.3% 2.5
6. Dublin, California 83.5   21.1% 4.6% 32.9% 32 $83,123 5.9% 30.6% 29,973 2.9% 26.9 0.4% 2.8
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