Brea 74 Excellent
Brea Livability #260 ranked city in California#7,699 ranked city in the USARanks better than 73% of areas
A+ Brea Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Brea Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than California
15858% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Brea cost of living
C+ Brea Crime Total crime is 10% higher than California
Total crime
2,83921% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3621% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Brea crime
B- Brea Employment Household income is 34% higher than California
Median household income
$85,55555% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,54329% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%6% lower than the US average
Brea employment
D Brea Housing Home value is 42% higher than California
Median home value
$579,600214% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,61670% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Brea real estate or Brea rentals
A- Brea Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than California
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Brea K-12 schools
A Brea User Ratings There are a total of 11 ratings in Brea
Overall user rating
81% 11 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
78% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Brea, CA

      Brea, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 41,351 people. Brea has a population density of 3,391 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Brea is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Brea are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 14% of the population also speak Spanish. 78% of the people in Brea (over the age of 15) are married and 54% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Living in Brea can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Brea and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from weather, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

      Brea, CA receives 75/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #219 in California and #5,472 in the USA. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Brea could be a great choice! Based on the rankings for each individual category, Brea has received high marks for amenities (A+), weather (A+), education (A-) and employment (B-). On a less positive note, Brea does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Brea, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Brea is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Brea come in at $579,600, which is 41.6% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Brea, the home price to income ratio is 6.8, which is 6.2% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Brea area were 3.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.9%.

      Brea transportation information

      Average one way commute32min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.3%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.6%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.0%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.6%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Brea, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).