Updated December 23, 2009
Beautifully maintained neighborhoods, abundant recreational facilities, an award-winning library and a world-class performing arts center make Cerritos a dynamic, attractive place to live and work. The community was originally incorporated on April 24, 1956 as the City of Dairy Valley. As the community’s focus progressed from agriculture to residential development, the City’s name was changed to Cerritos on January 10, 1967.
The City developed according to the Cerritos General Plan and today offers an unmatched level of municipal services and impeccably maintained local infrastructure. The Cerritos Library is open seven-days-a-week, offering an extensive book collection, educational programs, study rooms, museum-quality exhibits and a conference center. Parks and recreation facilities in Cerritos create community through people, parks and programs at the Cerritos Olympic Swim and Fitness Center, Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course, Community Gymnasiums at Cerritos and Whitney High Schools, Cerritos Skate Park, Cerritos Sports Complex and the community centers at Cerritos Park East, Heritage Park and Liberty Park. The Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park offers a variety of special events, recreation, special interest classes and human services to seniors, age 50 and older. The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center provides a full range of public safety services to residents 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Premier music, dance and Broadway shows are presented at the world-class Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art facility that features an innovative flexible auditorium that houses six different seating and stage configurations. Families are also attracted to Cerritos by the outstanding ABC Unified School District and Cerritos College. The City also provides the Cerritos on Wheels (COW) public transportation system with fixed routes to City facilities, schools and retail centers, including the Cerritos Auto Square, Cerritos Towne Center and Los Cerritos Center mall.