Introduction to Bell Gardens

Bell Gardens, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NW of Downey, California (center to center) and 8 miles SE of Los Angeles, California. It's a densely populated municipality situated at the convergence of the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo Channel. Bell Gardens is regarded as a suburb of Los Angeles. The city is home to a major poker casino. The majority of the population is Hispanic. Tools, motor vehicle parts and fabricated wire products are manufactured in the city.

Bell Gardens History

With the beginning of the Spanish Empire in 1509 the region had an agricultural based economy. In 1771 Antonio Lugo, a corporal in the Spanish army acquired a vast land grant which later became Bell Gardens and other cities. Antonio Lugo's son developed the land into one of the largest ranches in California. Japanese immigrants were attracted by the rich soil and leased land to grow a variety of vegetables for the marketplace. The region had an agricultural based economy until the 1930's. During World War I and World War II manufacturing facilities for military equipment were thriving and were important factors for the local economy. The city was established in 1940.

Bell Gardens Attractions

The Casa de San Antonio is a state historic monument. The Bicycle Casino is regarded as one of the biggest poker casinos in the world and has hosted several prominent poker tournaments. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts' Berry Farm and Getty Museum are close enough to be enjoyed by the residents of Bell Gardens.

Bell Gardens Activities

The city is home to numerous parks, a noteworthy community golf course and a lake which provides fishing opportunities. Nearby Los Angeles and Anaheim offer a wide variety of activities and entertainment. The San Gabriel Mountains are popular for recreational activities.

Bell Gardens Higher Education

Residents have opportunities for higher education at nearby colleges such as California State University - Dominguez Hills, California State University - Los Angeles, Cerritos College, East Los Angeles College and other locations.



Total Population42,641
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens7.4%
Employed Population 16+17,717
Age of the Population29


% of people married37.7%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher6.5%
Median Earnings25+$22,860
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,333
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,957


Median Family Income$40,634
% Above Poverty Level70.1%
% Below Poverty Level29.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation5.8%


People Living Alone7.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,190
Median House Value$380,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)93%
French Except Basque0.1%
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Bell Gardens Almanac

CountyLos Angeles County
Standard Zip Codes90201, 90270
P.O. Box Zip Codes90202
Phone Area Codes323
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.97
Approximate Longitude-118.15

Bell Gardens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance4.6 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
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
Distance12.8 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp61 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 83 F
Annual Precip21 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
South Gate95,103$51,080

Bell Gardens Public Schools

Bell Gardens Elementary
5620 Quinn St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 1118
Bell Gardens High
6119 Agra St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 2983
Bell Gardens Intermediate
5841 Live Oak St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 1194
Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
6139 Loveland St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 995
Garfield Elementary
7425 S. Garfield Ave.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 755
Suva Elementary
6740 E. Suva St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 983
Suva Intermediate
6660 E. Suva St.
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 878

Bell Gardens Private Schools

Bell Gardens Christian School
6262 Gage Ave
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 79
Faith Christian Academy
6100 Florence Ave
ZIP: 90201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 24
Heritage Christian School
8300 Eastern Ave
ZIP: 90201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
St Gertrude School
6824 Toler Ave
ZIP: 90201
Total Enrollment 107
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