Bell, CA
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Bell is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 36,205 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Bell is the 220th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Bell are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Bell is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.33% of the Bell workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Bell is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bell who work in office and administrative support (14.64%), sales jobs (10.97%), and personal care services (6.26%).

One downside of living in Bell, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.39 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Bell has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Bell has quite a high level of public transit users. Bell’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The population of Bell has a very low overall level of education: only 6.28% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Bell in 2010 was $12,031, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,124 for a family of four.

Bell is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bell home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Bell, accounting for 92.67% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bell residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bell include Italian, Irish, English, and German.

Bell also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 43.58%.

The most common language spoken in Bell is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Arabic.