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Overview

Introduction to Brea, California

Brea, California, in Orange county, is 2 miles E of La Habra, California (center to center) and 6 miles N of Anaheim, California. The city is a prominent retail destination due to the popular Brea Mall and the redeveloped downtown. It has a large public arts program which features a vast number of artworks situated all over the city. The majority of the population is Hispanic. In 2007 Brea Olinda High School received the Blue Ribbon Award.

Brea History

The Village of Olinda was established in the beginning of the 19th century and numerous entrepreneurs arrived looking for oil. The Union Oil company acquired a large acreage for oil production. By 1898 a large number of oil drilling towers were situated in the hills. In 1911 while the economy was booming, Olinda and Randolf merged and became Brea.

Brea translates to tar in Spanish. Years later when the oil prodcution declined, lemon and orange groves were established. Over time, the citrus groves were converted to residential areas and industrial parks.

Brea Attractions

  • Brea Art Gallery showcases museum quality exhibits.
  • Concerts in the Park offers a variety of music.
  • Brea Civic & Cultural Center.
  • Family Films in the Park.
  • The Curtis Theatre provides a variety of entertainment.
  • Brea Community Center.
  • Country Fair.
  • Brea Museum and Heritage Center.
  • Brea Jazz Festival Concert Series is a four week event that offers some of Southern California's top jazz musicians.
  • Brea Trolley.
  • Brea Fest is a popular family event.

Brea Activities

The Brea Creek Golf Course is a popular golf course located in the city. Carbon Canyon Regional Park features attractive coastal redwood trees and hiking and equestrian trails. The popular Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are nearby. Featherly Regional, Weir Canyon Wilderness, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness, Mason Regional and Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness parks are all located in the region and are enjoyed by nature lovers. The Cleveland National Forest is popular for a variety of outdoor activities.

Brea Higher Education

The city is home to the Southern California College of Business and Law.

People

Total Population 40,931
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 20,087
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.7%
Median Earnings25+ $51,125
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,832
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,184

Wealth

Median Family Income $102,037
% Above Poverty Level 92.9%
% Below Poverty Level 7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,587
Median House Value $550,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 9.2%
Irish 9.3%

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

Brea Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of La Habra, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles N of Anaheim, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92821, 92823
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92822
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.927
Longitude -117.899

Brea Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ANAHEIM
Distance 5.1 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
Station LONG BEACH AP
Distance 16.3 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
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance 16.6 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
Fullerton 138,976 $78,297
Hacienda Heights 55,158 $83,364
La Habra 61,725 $70,083
La Habra Heights 5,425 $113,455
Placentia 52,123 $86,662
Yorba Linda 67,033 $130,443

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

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BREA-OLINDA HIGH
789 N. WILDCAT WAY
714-990-7850
Serves 2,011 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

BREA CANYON HIGH (CONT.)
689 N. WILDCAT WAY
714-990-7882
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 65 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

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