Bell Gardens, CA
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Bell Gardens is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 43,106 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Bell Gardens is the 198th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Bell Gardens 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.

When you are in Bell Gardens, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 45.17% of Bell Gardens’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Bell Gardens is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bell Gardens who work in office and administrative support (13.70%), sales jobs (10.54%), and food service (6.11%).

Many people in Bell Gardens take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Bell Gardens citizens for affordable transportation.

The population of Bell Gardens has one of the lowest overall levels of education in the country: only 5.36% of people over 25 hold a college degree. The national average for all municipalities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bell Gardens in 2010 was $11,666, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $46,664 for a family of four. However, Bell Gardens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bell Gardens is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bell Gardens 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 Gardens, accounting for 95.83% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Bell Gardens residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bell Gardens include Italian, German, French , and African.

Bell Gardens also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 42.91%.

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