A mid-sized city in the northern part of Orange County, the city of Brea, California, is the home of a population of around 40,000 residents. It is situated in Southern California's Pacific coastal region, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. The median household income for residents of this city is around $65,000. It makes up an area of almost 11 square miles, all of which is land.
The city was started when crude oil was found here and drilled for, and it began a gradual evolution into a regional agricultural center, with citrus fruits grown, harvested and sold. Today, the economy in Brea revolves around its retail industry and tourism. It is home to one of the region's largest shopping malls, Brea Mall, with four large anchor department stores and over 175 other smaller stores and restaurants. The Birch Street downtown area has also undergone revitalization in recent years, and now is home to over 50 acres of stores, cafes and entertainment. All of these attractions combined account for the city's average of more than 100,000 visitors each day.
Brea is the site of one golf course, Birch Hills Golf Course, and its cultural attractions include the Brea Art Gallery and the Curtis Theatre. Annual celebrations include a July 4 Country Fair and concerts held outdoors in the summer at City Hall Park. The smaller Brea Community Hospital is found here, and two larger hospitals are not far away in nearby town.
Public schools in Brea are run under the jurisdiction of the Brea Olinda Unified School District. Six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one continuing-education high school make up the school system, and a handful of small private schools offer parents alternatives. Post-high school institutions include the Southern California College of Business and Law, and the Southern California campus of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
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