Bell and Bell Gardens

Bell Gardens is a city in Los Angeles County, California. The population was 42,072 at the 2010 census, down from 44,054 at the 2000 census.

Bell Gardens is notable for being one of only six Los Angeles County cities (out of 88 total) to permit casino gambling (the others being Inglewood, Gardena, Commerce, Compton, and Hawaiian Gardens). Dice games and slot machines are forbidden by state law.

Bell Gardens is bordered by Bell and Cudahy on the west, Commerce on the north and northeast, Downey on the southeast, and South Gate on the southwest. The city is about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Downtown Los Angeles.

The 2010 United States Census reported that Bell Gardens had a population of 42,072. The population density was 17,081.5 people per square mile (6,595.2/km²). The racial makeup of Bell Gardens was 20,824 (49.5%) White (2.7% Non-Hispanic White), 377 (0.9%) African American, 476 (1.1%) Native American, 261 (0.6%) Asian, 37 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 18,787 (44.7%) from other races, and 1,310 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40,271 persons (95.7%).

The Census reported that 41,648 people (99.0% of the population) lived in households, 125 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 299 (0.7%) were institutionalized.

The population was spread out with 14,308 people (34.0%) under the age of 18, 5,234 people (12.4%) aged 18 to 24, 12,692 people (30.2%) aged 25 to 44, 7,637 people (18.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,201 people (5.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27.3 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

There were 9,986 housing units at an average density of 4,054.4 per square mile (1,565.4/km²), of which 2,318 (24.0%) were owner-occupied, and 7,337 (76.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.6%. 10,534 people (25.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 31,114 people (74.0%) lived in rental housing units.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Bell Gardens had a median household income of $38,170, with 27.6% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

According to California Watch, Bell Gardens has the highest percentage of residents who have not completed ninth grade (44.9%) of any California city.


This year, Bell Gardens became the focus of Territory 5 PrepareLA activities. In July 2016, staff and volunteers expanded our reach with Bell Gardens community leaders to solicit counsel on establishing a community-led coalition to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters.

The Community Briefing was held on January 31, 2017 in both English and Spanish, and was attended by 110 influencers, civic leaders, elected officials, and faith-based groups. From that group, 35 individuals signed the Community Coalition pledge to become a part of the Coalition, and 41 people signed up to learn more about becoming an ambassador.

Now, six amazing individuals are serving as Resiliency Ambassadors, and training has taken place at each subsequent meeting. On April 8, 2017, a third smoke alarm installation event took place in Bell Gardens, adding 300 alarms to bring the total number of alarms installed in Bell Gardens to nearly 1200. One of the Coalition’s signature activities focused on teaching residents to build a disaster preparedness kit and plan on a budget. For many learners in the group this was the perfect first step to becoming better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

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Reached (coming soon) youth with preparedness information

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Created (coming soon) evacuation plans

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Installed more than (coming soon) smoke alarms
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Conducted (coming soon) in-home visits
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Coalition Members:

  • Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia
  • Bell Gardens Elementary, Principal
  • Bell Gardens High School
  • Bell Gardens Intermediate
  • Biz Watch
  • CCE
  • Cesar Chavez Elem. School
  • Church Monte De Sion
  • Congresswoman Roybal-Allard
  • Family Health Care Center of LA
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Human Services
  • Association
  • Iglesia Vida en Victoria
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Park Viero Terrace
  • Bell Gardens Iglesia de Jesucristo
  • Praise Chapel Bell Gardens
  • Suva Elementary School
  • Suva International School
  • TouchPoint Church
  • Vista del Rio
  • Westminster Court