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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 42,330. Brea is in Orange County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Brea offers residents a dense 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
42,330

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$635,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,794
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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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
    106.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    67
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    367.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,467.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    152.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    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
$93,703
National
$55,322
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Brea offers a little bit of everything for everyone. It is very family friendly, but there are also places and events that are fun for older individuals such as Oktoberfest, Comedy clubs, etc. The city is very clean and a safe place to be. There is a great nightlife and a ton of local activities for kids! Brea offers an abundance of shops, stores, and restaurants to choose from. There are options for everyone! I have lived near and in Brea my entire life and can easily say I thoroughly enjoy being in this city.
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The thing I love about my city is the architecture of commercial buildings and also the residential buildings, is awesome.

The things I hate is that my city is turning slowly into a garbage city. There are hardly any areas where there is no garbage and they are mostly the commercial areas that need to be kept clean to impress the foreigners, other wise the residential areas are full of garbage areas.

Another thing I like is people who go crazy over some events, like the independence. I love the spirit. But…

I also hate it. This spirit dies when the day has passed and people are back to support the enemies.

I like the market areas. They’re well lit and crowded.

I hate the roads here. That is a whole different story.

I hate the traffic here. People ride their motorcycles with their heads turned around all the way to the back and they are driving forward. This has saved me a number of times from serious accidents, but nothing can be done to such animals.
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!