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Brea, California - Basic Facts

The City of Brea had a population of 45,071 as of July 1, 2017. Brea ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Brea is located at latitude 33.929 and longitude -117.8613 in Orange County. The formal boundaries for the City of Brea (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Orange County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 361 feet.

The City of Brea (GNIS ID: 2409897) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Brea is located within Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove CCD of Orange County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Brea population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Brea: La Brea.

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Brea, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 45,071
Daytime Population: Workers 51,797
Daytime Population: Residents 22,641
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 74,438
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.65
Population in Households 44,995
Population in Familes 38,513
Population in Group Qrtrs 76
Population Density2 3,697
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $86,249
Average Household Income $112,417
Per Capita Income $39,793


Total Housing Units 16,175 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,228 (63.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,636 (34.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 311 ( 1.9%)
Median Home Value $614,586
Average Home Value $642,743


Total Households 15,864
Average Household Size 2.84
Family Households 11,597
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.92% 1.23%
Households 1.48% 1.01%
Families 1.56% 1.07%
Median Household Income   1.97%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

Brea, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brea to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 203 87th
Population Density # 352 77th
Diversity Index # 540 64th
Median Household Income # 281 82nd
Per Capita Income # 367 76th

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