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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Brea is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 41,921. Brea is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Brea offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Brea there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Brea and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Brea are highly rated.
About Brea...
Population
41,921

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$610,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,698
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Brea Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    151.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    90.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    418.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,697.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    232.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Brea

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$90,214
National
$55,322
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Brea Reviews

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I moved to Brea once I married my husband, it was personal sacrifices Ong inland away from the ocean but I have completely fallen in love with Brea. The amount of hiking/ biking trails and the well kept our door activity areas and parks are absolutely beautiful and great for families. The small down town is a blast for the family filled with great foods and fun activities to painting and the movies. The schools are fantastic and we love our neighbors. I couldn’t ask for more from our community!
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I love living in Brea. There is Downtown Brea where you can watch movies the Edwards Cinemas (East and West), you can enjoy comedy at the newly rebuilt Improv, and there's plenty of food and shopping. If that's not enough, the indoor Brea Mall is 2 minutes from Downtown. There are also plenty grocery stores such as Sprouts, Mothers Market, Whole Foods, Albertson's, and there is a huge Target across the street from the Brea Mall. Brea is located off the 57 freeway, there are newly built trails over the old railroad tracks, and during the summers there are concerts and farmers markets in the Downtown area near the movie theaters.
Brea has a very small community, but its community is not like any others. Most cities have people minding their own business or doing their own things, and not too many interactions take place withing. Brea, although, is very connected. As citizens of Brea, we like to call it the "Brea Bubble." The whole idea of it is that since we are a very small town and backed by mostly hillside, nothing crazy happens within our city. Major events talked about on the news rarely have the location named "within Brea." Brea also only contains one Junior High and one High School. This means that mostly all the students know each other pretty well and have known each other for quite some time. As a student myself, I have known some of my classmates for over 11 years, since some also went to my elementary school. Not many people come through Brea, and the only thing really keeping us on the map is the 57 freeway.