Cerritos, CA (Spanish-"little hills") got incorporated in 1967 and before that it was Dairy Valley with 400 dairies, over 100,000 cows and 106,000 chickens. All farmers were relocated to Norco, CA and city got urbanized.
If you are planning to relocate to Cerritos, you should know these top 5 Pros and Cons living in Cerritos.
Cerritos attracts families with young kids because it has amazing schools with high ratings and it also attracts elderly because it ranked #18 best place to retire in California. Besides, Cerritos have big-cities amenities and offers lots of outdoor activities. It has huge shopping mall, autopark, the biggest library in the area, sculpture garden, performing arts center, and 17 parks. It is only 20-25 minutes from the closest beach - Seal Beach and Long Beach.
Cerritos surrounded with three major freeways: 605, 91 and 5. Although this factor can be considered as pro, it does affect air quality and raises Cerritos air quality to 50. Because of great schools and outdoor activities, Cerritos is overpopulated which raises cost of living to 75% above national average and drives housing median price for single family home to almost a million - 13.6% increase from last year.
Commuting from Cerritos takes over 30 minutes one way which is above national. You must have a car living in Cerritos and be a careful driver since many people who are driving are elderly and those who just learning to drive.
If you decide to relocate to Cerritos, be friendly, know how to drive a car, nothing happens after 9 pm, introduce yourself to the neighbors, and get to know your neighbors.