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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population49,797
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens20.8%
Employed Population 16+21,976
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married57.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.4%
Median Earnings25+$52,085
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,578
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,204

Wealth

Median Family Income$102,958
% Above Poverty Level95.2%
% Below Poverty Level4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone12.9%
Median Gross Rent$2,192
Median House Value$620,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)78.1%
English2.7%
German2.5%
Irish1.8%
Italian1.4%
African1.3%
Dutch0.9%
Arab0.9%
Nigerian0.8%
Polish0.6%
French Except Basque0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Egyptian0.4%
Scottish0.4%
Russian0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Cerritos Almanac

CategoryValue
County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90703, 90701
Phone Area Codes562
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.86
Approximate Longitude-118.05

Cerritos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLONG BEACH AP
Distance5.7 miles
Jan Temp46 to 68 F
Apr Temp53 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip12.9 inches
StationANAHEIM
Distance12.3 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches
StationSAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp43 to 70 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip18.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Artesia16,789$62,626
Bellflower77,687$55,814
Cypress48,978$92,478
Hawaiian Gardens14,468$36,250
La Palma15,834$93,295
Norwalk106,360$64,504

Cerritos Public Libraries

Cerritos Public Library
18025 BLOOMFIELD AVE.
Cerritos, California
(562) 916-1350

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Cerritos Hospitals

College Hospital
(Proprietary)
10802 College Place

Cerritos Public Schools

Abc Secondary (alternative)
16534 S. Carmenita Rd.
ZIP: 90703
High
Total Enrollment 96
Bragg Elementary
11501 Bos St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Carmenita Middle
13435 E. 166th St.
ZIP: 90703
Middle
Total Enrollment 660
Carver (charles J.) Elementary
19200 E. Ely St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 638
Cerritos Elementary
13600 E. 183rd St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
Cerritos High
12500 E. 183rd St..
ZIP: 90703
High
Total Enrollment 2176
Gahr (richard) High
11111 Artesia Blvd.
ZIP: 90703
High
Total Enrollment 1998
Gonsalves (joe A.) Elementary
13650 Park St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 666
Haskell (pliny Fisk) Middle
11525 Del Amo Blvd.
ZIP: 90703
Middle
Total Enrollment 485
Juarez (benito) Elementary
11939 Aclare St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Leal (frank C.) Elementary
12920 Droxford St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 759
Nixon (patricia) Elementary
19600 Jacob Ave.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 789
Stowers(cecil B.) Elementary
13350 Beach St.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 635
Tetzlaff (martin B.) Middle
12351 E. Del Amo Blvd.
ZIP: 90703
Middle
Total Enrollment 613
Tracy (wilbur) High (continuation)
12222 Cuesta Dr.
ZIP: 90703
High
Total Enrollment 362
Whitney (gretchen) High
16800 Shoemaker Ave.
ZIP: 90703
High
Total Enrollment 1019
Wittmann (helen) Elementary
16801 Yvette Ave.
ZIP: 90703
Primary
Total Enrollment 583

Cerritos Private Schools

Broman School
13545 Acoro Pl
ZIP: 90703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 6
Kindercare Learning Center
18727 Carmenita Rd
ZIP: 90703
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Valley Christian School System
10818 Artesia Blvd
ZIP: 90703
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1176
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