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Orange County, California

92621, 92823

Oil, Oranges and Opportunity
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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Brea is approximately 39,560 (2006), 39282 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 13,327 (2000), 14266 (2010).
The amount of land area in Brea is 25.864 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Brea is 11.1 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.532 sq kilometers.
The distance from Brea to Washington DC is 2407 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 378 miles. (as the crow flies)
Brea is positioned 33.92 degrees north of the equator and 117.86 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Brea elevation is 375 feet above sea level.
The Brea city flower is the Rose.
The city tree is the California Pepper.
Brea per capita income is $ 26,307 (2000).
Brea median income is $ 67,000 (2005).
The Brea median home price is $ 604,400 (2005).
Brea average annual rainfall is 15.93 inches per year
Brea average temperature is 62.2 degrees F.


about 35 miles from Los Angeles in southern California. Other nearby communities inlcude Placentia, Rowland Heights, Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Anaheim, South San Jose Hills and East La Mirada.
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History & History Related Items

The word "Brea" means tar in Spanish.
First known as Randolph, the Brea area experienced an oil boom in the late 1800ís. At that time, many oil riggers came to town along with their families and small tent villages sprang up around the oil wells. The Union Oil Company drilled the first wells and it wasnít long before the hills were dotted with the wooden oil towers of the day. The little village of Randolph was built near Olinda in 1908 to house all the oil workers and their families. The name is said to be for Epes Randolph who was an engineer for the Pacific Electric Railway that stopped here on is way between Los Angeles and Yorba Linda. . The oil boom was short-lived, however, many of the workers stayed in the area. The name was changed to Brea in 1911. On 23 February, 1917, Brea became an incorporated city.
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The incorporation of Brea

February 23, 1917 with a population of 752


Brea Museum and Heritage Center
495 S. Brea Boulevard
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-256-2283

Brea Certified Farmers Markets
Brea Blve and Birch STreets, Tuesdays 4-8:30 pm

Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Road
Brea, CA 92823
Phone: 714-973-3160
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Brea City Government

City of Brea website

City of Brea
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-990-7600

Brea has a mayor-council form of government with five members on the council that are elected to staggered four year terms. The council hires the City Manager.

Brea Fire Services
1 Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA 92821
Non-emergency calls: 714-990-7644
Brea Police Department

Brea Chamber

Brea Chamber of Commerce
1 Civic Center Cir.
Brea, CA 92621
Phone: (714)529-4938
Fax (714) 529-6103

Brea Organizations

Brea Chamber of Commerce
1 Civic Center Cir.
Brea, CA 92621
Phone: (714)529-4938
Fax (714) 529-6103

Brea Libraries

Brea Public Library
One Civic Center Circle
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-671-1722

Brea Schools

Brea-Olinda Unified School District
Number One Civic Center Circle, Level II
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: 714-990-7800

Brea Olinda High School
789 Wildcat Way
Brea, CA 92821
714-990-7850 Brea


The population of Brea was:
1917 - 734
1950 - 3,208
1960 - 8,487
1970 - 18,447
1980 - 27,913
1990 - 32,873
1997 - 35,500
1999 - 36,400
2000 - 35,410
2004 - 38,991
2006 - 39,560
Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 59,759
2005 - $ 67,000

Median age:
2000 - 36.4 years

Median house value:
2000 - $ 261,700
2005 - $ 604,400

Brea is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time for a portion of the year.

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