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We're exploring LA County's 88 cities. First stop: Cerritos

Los Angeles County has 88 cities, and KPCC/LAist plans to explore them all. We're recruiting listeners and readers to take us to the neighborhoods they live in and love. From Long Beach to Lancaster, follow our journey here and on the radio with Take Two.

Today, we head to Cerritos.

The city is probably most well-known for the Cerritos Auto Square dealership.

But before cars showed up, cows ruled the city. Cerritos was called Dairy Valley before 1967 because of the hundreds of dairies that dotted the landscape.

The population of humans boomed in the 1970s, making it the fastest growing city in California at the time. It was mostly driven by an influx of immigrants from China, Korea, and the Philippines.

Now, it has the third largest Asian community in L.A. County. Out of the 50,000 people who live there today, more than 6 in 10 identify as Asian.

It's that cultural mix (and an amazing library with a T-rex replica!) that drew us to this city. Oh, and it was also once home to First Lady Pat Nixon.

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