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Overview

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 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.

Bell Transportation>

The Los Angeles International Airport is nearby.

People

Total Population 35,998
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 8%
Employed Population 16+ 14,291
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 42.2%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.3%
Median Earnings25+ $21,472
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,324
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,324

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,686
% Above Poverty Level 72.3%
% Below Poverty Level 27.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.4%
% Using Public Transportation 7.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 13%
Median Gross Rent $997
Median House Value $290,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 92.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 0.1%
Irish 0.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MONTEBELLO
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
Station LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN USC
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
Station SAN GABRIEL FIRE DEPT
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Commerce 13,017 $50,044
Cudahy 24,138 $34,930
East Los Angeles 125,415 $41,639
Huntington Park 59,003 $35,776
Maywood 27,739 $36,297
South Gate 95,350 $45,362

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Bell High Schools

BELL SENIOR HIGH
4328 BELL AVE.
323-560-1800
A Title I School.
Serves 4,855 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.6

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