Introduction to Bellflower, California

The California city of Bellflower, situated in Los Angeles County, is located about 20 miles south of Los Angeles proper and about 15 miles west of Anaheim. Incorporated in 1957, the city derived its name from the "Belle Fleur" apple, a breed growing abundantly in the region. For much of the early 20th century, Bellflower and its neighboring cities comprised a prime dairy farming and milk production center. Bellflower's good soil and cheap water also fostered a strong resource for gardeners, fruit growers, and nursery operators. By the late 1950s, Bellflower was a principal shopping center for the surrounding region but in the 1960s and 1970s chose to remain focused on smaller businesses, which eventually affected the city's revenue streams. Through the establishment of a redevelopment strategy, Bellflower today is making strides to redevelop; attracting new businesses to the city, renovating existing business facades and upgrading its infrastructure.

Bellflower is served by California State Highway 91 and Interstate-605. Nearby freeways include Interstate-5 and Interstate 710.

Bellflower Events and Attractions

Bellflower is home to the annual Liberty Day Parade, held every October. Other public events include the Summer Streetfest concert series, the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, and Halloween carnivals.

Several major attractions are located in the nearby Los Angeles and Anaheim areas. Among these are: Universal Studios, Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure Park, Knott's Berry Farm & Soak City, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, CBS Television City, the L.A. County Natural History Museum, and the Wells Fargo History Museum.

These same nearby areas are home to several professional sports teams. Among these are:

  • Major League Baseball (MLB): Los Angeles Dodgers & Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • NBA Basketball: Los Angeles Lakers & Los Angeles Clippers
  • WNBA Basketball: Los Angeles Sparks
  • NHL Hockey: Los Angeles Kings
  • MLS Soccer: Los Angeles Galaxy
  • MLL Lacrosse: Los Angeles Riptide
  • AFL (Arena Football League) Football: Los Angeles Avengers


Total Population 77,756
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 9.3%
Employed Population 16+ 32,004
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.6%
Median Earnings25+ $32,069
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,305
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,400


Median Family Income $53,081
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 4.1%


People Living Alone 22%
Median Gross Rent $1,185
Median House Value $354,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.3%
Irish 2.4%

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

Bellflower Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Long Beach, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90706
P.O. Box Zip Codes 90707
Phone Area Codes 562
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.881
Longitude -118.116

Bellflower Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 53 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 14.9 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 15.1 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
Artesia 16,785 $62,517
Cerritos 49,701 $99,915
Downey 113,407 $66,373
Lakewood 81,173 $87,157
Norwalk 106,659 $62,881
Paramount 55,023 $47,146

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

Bellflower Hospitals

(562) 925-8355
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(562) 461-6007
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bellflower High Schools

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15301 S. MCNAB AVE.
A Magnet School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,272 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.1

9242 E. LAUREL ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

16703 S. CLARK AVE.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 44 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

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