Brea, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Brea, California - Basic Facts

The City of Brea had a population of 45,811 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Brea: La Brea.

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Brea, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 45,811
Population in Households 45,739
Population in Familes 39,471
Population in Group Qrtrs 72
Population Density2 3,757
Diversity Index3 74


Median Household Income $91,935
Average Household Income $118,355
Per Capita Income $41,578


Total Housing Units 16,364 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,262 (62.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,730 (35.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 371 ( 2.3%)
Median Home Value $664,532
Average Home Value $715,401


Total Households 15,993
Average Household Size 2.86
Family Households 11,751
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.88% 1.43%
Households 1.39% 1.27%
Families 1.53% 1.31%
Median Household Income   2.63%
Per Capita Income   3.07%

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, 2018 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 # 202 87th
Population Density # 349 77th
Diversity Index # 541 64th
Median Household Income # 277 82nd
Per Capita Income # 374 75th

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