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.



Total Population35,927
Male Share of the Population51.4%
Female Share of the Population48.6%
Senior Citizens7.9%
Employed Population 16+14,964
Age of the Population30


% of people married42.9%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.9%
Median Earnings25+$22,818
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,233
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,495


Median Family Income$39,335
% Above Poverty Level74.7%
% Below Poverty Level25.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.8%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%


People Living Alone11.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,023
Median House Value$322,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)91.9%
West Indian0.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
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Bell Almanac

County Los Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90201
P.O. Box Zip Codes90202
Phone Area Codes323
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.96
Approximate Longitude-118.15

Bell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance5.6 miles
Jan Temp48 to 70 F
Apr Temp53 to 77 F
Jul Temp64 to 89 F
Oct Temp58 to 82 F
Annual Precip14.4 inches
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp49 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 73 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches
Distance9.8 miles
Jan Temp43 to 70 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip18.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Los Angeles124,191$43,579
Huntington Park58,921$37,022
South Gate95,219$46,836

Bell Public Schools

Bell Senior High
4328 Bell Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 3256
Corona Avenue Elementary
3825 Bell Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 937
Magnolia Science Academy Bell
6411 Orchard Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 489
Martha Escutia Primary Center
6401 Bear Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 250
Nueva Vista Elementary
4412 Randolph St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 1087
Orchard Academies 2b
6411 Orchard Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 467
Orchard Academies 2c
6411 Orchard Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 451
Woodlawn Avenue Elementary
6314 Woodlawn Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 809

Bell Private Schools

Alhadi School
5150 Gage Ave
ZIP: 90201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 141
Ark Angels Preschool Daycare
6714 Pine Ave
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 6
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