Oil, Oranges and Opportunity

Situated in the northeast corner of Orange County, Brea is one of the oldest communities within Orange County, incorporated in 1917 as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity.  Already well established as an oil producer, Olinda Village in Brea’s rolling northern hills continued to draw workers and it was time to organize a town and prepare for future growth.  Today, Brea is a bustling, but close-knit community with a population of 40,000, composed of middle and upper-middle income families who enjoy a high level of public services rarely found in a smaller community.  The community has an excellent balance of homes, business and industry.  

The City of Brea operates as a “full service city,” providing a wide range of services including police and fire protection, water and sanitation services, construction and maintenance of streets and infrastructure, recreational, human services, and the cultural arts, as well as a proactive communication and community outreach program.  



Brea supports an outstanding Brea Olinda Unified School District including campuses recognized as California Distinguished Schools and a National Blue Ribbon high school.

The District, with six elementary schools, one junior high, one high school and one continuation high school, serves approximately 6,000 students.  Six schools have been designated as California Distinguished Schools, two have been named Blue Ribbon Schools.  BOUSD students have won honors in county, state, and national competition, including CIF championships, Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon Tournaments.  Graduating classes have earned over $4,223,910 in scholarships and awards for their academic and athletic accomplishments.  More than 90% of BOHS seniors are college bound.  Brea is also within close proximity to Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College.  


Community Amenities

Brea offers an active lifestyle for any age, conveniently located near schools, shopping, restaurants, theaters, parks, hiking and biking trails, Disneyland and more, with easy access to highways to take you to airports, mountains and beaches.  

The popular Brea Community Center offers such programs as:

  • Adult Sports
  • After School Programs
  • Facility Reservations
  • Family Resource Center
  • Fitness
  • Recreation Classes
  • Special Events
  • Summer Day Camp 
  • Teen Zone
  • Youth Sports


Brea also offers numerous parks for outdoor recreation, including the 124 acre Carbon Canyon Regional Park, with 60 developed acres offering large, grassy areas for picnicking, sports facilities that include backstops and lighted tennis courts, and a 4-acre lake with two piers for fishing. The undeveloped area features a trail that leads to Orange County’s only grove of redwoods; 3 acres of majestic Coastal Redwoods the Brea Sports Park and Brea Skatepark.


Entertainment and Shopping

Brea Downtown is a unique dining, entertainment and shopping district with a vibrant mix of trendy restaurants and outdoor cafes, a variety of shops and boutiques, eclectic buildings and sunny public plazas. There’s something for everyone in a convenient location with ample parking and a friendly neighborhood environment.

Brea Mall is an upscale center showcasing five major department stores including Nordstrom, Macy & Macy Men Children & Home, JCPenney and Sears, as well as more than 175 specialty shops, a full service day spa, and several popular restaurants.  The Mall is highlighted by Italian tile walkways, vaulted skylights, fountains and original art sculptures which produce an unforgettable Southern California shopping and entertainment experience.


City of Brea Mission Statement

Brea’s small town atmosphere, our sense of community, and our physical assets make Brea a special place. The city resolves to protect Brea’s hillside and canyon areas and foster family values, quality education, cultural understanding, a vibrant civic and cultural life, and an involved and caring citizenry.

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