Introduction to Cypress, California

Cypress, California, in Orange county, is 3 miles SE of Cerritos, California (center to center) and 7 miles W of Anaheim, California. It's regarded as a suburb of Los Angeles and includes a large Asian and Hispanic population.

Cypress History

The Gabrieleno Indians were the original inhabitants. The Spanish government controlled the area until Mexico became independent in 1821. Abel Stearns, an American, purchased a large amount of land in the area and later sold the property to Robinson Trust. The community was incorporated as Dairy City in 1956 as an attempt by dairy farmers to preserve the area's dairies. However, after World War II ended the valuable land was bought by housing developers. By the 1970's all the dairies were gone. The citizens renamed the city Cypress after the Cypress Elementary School.

Cypress and nearby Attractions

  • Cypress Community Center.
  • Holiday Bazaar Arts and Craft Fair.
  • Veteran's Park.
  • Cypress Community Festival attracts a large crowd.
  • Los Alamitos Race Track offers horse racing.
  • The South Coast Plaza is a popular shopping location.
  • Cypress Celebrates the Arts is a notable event.
  • Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.
  • Rancho Los Alamitos Museum.

Cypress Activities

Seal Beach is a popular destination. Residents enjoy the nearby Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Long Beach attractions, including the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary are close by. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the numerous quality courses in the area. The El Dorado Nature Center is a vast acreage and provides opportunities for fishing and includes scenic hiking trails. The Ralph B. Clark Regional Park and the Bolsa Slough Trail are located in the area and offer noteworthy hiking opportunities.

Cypress Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Long Beach Airport.

Cypress Higher Education

The city is served by Cypress College.


Total Population 49,008
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 23,263
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 53.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.2%
Median Earnings25+ $47,374
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,796
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,257


Median Family Income $89,347
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 15.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,621
Median House Value $507,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59%
US/American 0.7%
English 6.8%
Irish 8.5%

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

Cypress Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Cerritos, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Anaheim, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 90630
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.816
Longitude -118.036

Cypress Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.5 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 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches
Distance 11.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buena Park 82,683 $73,674
Cerritos 49,701 $99,915
Hawaiian Gardens 14,475 $37,485
La Palma 15,842 $87,381
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054
Stanton 38,625 $47,210

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

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