Brea is a city in northern Orange County, California. It is 33 miles south-east of Los Angeles. Brea is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The city began as a centre of crude oil production, was later propelled by citrus production, and is now an important retail centre because of the large Brea Mall and the recently redeveloped Brea Downtown. Brea is also known for its extensive public art program which began in 1975 and continues today with over 140 artworks in the collection placed and located throughout the city. Brea's public art program has been used as a model and inspiration for many public art programs across the United States.
Among the top employers in the city are: Bank of America; Mercury Insurance Group; Albertsons; Beckman Coulter ; Brea Olinda Unified School District; Kirkhill - TA Company; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; Bristol Industries; Zodiac Inflight Innovations; Peterson Brothers Construction.
Brea has a population of over 42,797 people. Brea also forms part of the wider Los Angeles metropolitan area which has a population of over 13,310,447 people.
Brea is twinned with: Anseong, South Korea • Hannō, Japan • Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.