General Law city
Incorporated: August 1, 1961
City Hall: 7100 S Garfield Ave, Bell Gardens, California 90201
Population (2020 Census): 39,501 (Also see latest State Population Estimates and Earlier decennial Census Counts).
Population Under Age 18 (2020 Census): 26.9%
Population Density (2020 Census): 16,063.8 persons per square mile
Housing Units: 10,192
Persons Per Housing Unit: 3.9
Land Area: 2.46 square miles (6.37 square kilometers)
Water Area: 0.01 square miles (0.02 square kilometers)
Total Area: 2.47 square miles (6.40 square kilometers)
Geographic Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude): 33.964379 -118.154437
Japanese agriculturalists developed and subdivided local vegetable gardens and the area was nicknamed "Gardens of Bell" after the nearby city of Bell. The city was also derisively known as "Billy Goat Acres" after the "Okies," farm families from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri who migrated to the area during the Great Depression.
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