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Bell, California

Introduction to Bell, California

Bell, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of South Gate, California (center to center) and 6 miles SE of Los Angeles, California. It's situated along the Los Angeles River. The city received worldwide attention in 2000 when the media announced that a large number of Oscar statues had been stolen from a trucking company loading dock located in Bell. The citizens voted to establish Bell as a charter city. It's home to numerous small industries.

Bell History

Until 1860 the area was included in the vast Rancho San Antonio, which was established by Don Antonio Maria Lugo. The rancho became known for its excellent horses and large cattle herds. Between 1870 and 1890 most of the rancho property was sold to settlers. The city was named in tribute to James George Bell who purchased a large acreage and was instrumental in establishing the ranching and farming community. The population substantially increased after World War II ended.

Bell Attractions

The Bell Family Holiday Parade & Festival is a popular event. James George Bell House is an historic structure and includes a museum showcasing relics from Bell's founding family. For those who enjoy museums there are numerous notable nearby venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Japanese American National Museum, Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Zoo is popular with families. The nearby Arboretum of Los Angeles is a notable venue. The popular Irwindale Speedway is located in the region.

Bell Activities

The county is home to the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area and the Angeles National Forest. Griffith Park, located in the county is a popular destination for outdoor recreation. Residents enjoy the activities and entertainment found in nearby Los Angeles.

Bell Higher Education

There are numerous colleges in the area including California State University - Los Angeles, Cerritos College, Pacific States University, East Los Angeles College and the University of Southern California.

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The Los Angeles International Airport is nearby.

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High Points

Bell strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Bell Low Property Crime
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Bell Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Bell Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Bell, California

Comparing Bell to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 9
Racial Diversity 6 4
Female Share of the Population 1 2
Senior Citizens 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 8 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 1 2
Median Family Income 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 7
Working at Home 7 4
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
Affordability of Rents 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
Housing Recently Built 3 3
People Living Alone 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 5 5

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Bell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NE of South Gate, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles SE of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90201, 90270
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90202
Phone Area Codes 323
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.977
Longitude -118.186

Bell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 70 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 58 to 82 F
Annual Precip 14.4 inches
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 70 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 62 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches
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Bell Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 36,664 100%
Male 18,516 50.5%
Female 18,148 49.5%
Under 18 12,952 35.3%
18+ 23,712 64.7%
65+ 1,964 5.4%
Median Age 25.9
Average Family Size 4.27
White 17,764 48.5%
African-American 468 1.3%
Asian 391 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 470 1.3%
Other 15,798 43.1%
Mixed Race 1,751 4.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 33,328 90.9%

Estimated Bell Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 37,521
Growth 857
Growth % 2.3%

Bell Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 92.1%
US/American 2.6%
Lebanese 1.2%
Irish 0.6%
Arab/Arabic 0.5%
Italian 0.5%
German 0.5%
English 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Palestinian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
French (except Basque) 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bell 36,664 $30,504
Commerce 12,568 $36,572
Cudahy 24,208 $28,833
East Los Angeles 124,283 $29,755
Huntington Park 61,348 $29,844
Maywood 28,083 $30,361
South Gate 96,375 $35,789

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7121 Atlantic Blvd.
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