A+ Bell Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Bell Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than California
12626% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bell cost of living
F Bell Crime Total crime is 33% lower than California
Total crime
1,89427% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5327% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-32%Year over year crime is down
Bell crime
F Bell Employment Household income is 39% lower than California
Median household income
$38,82330% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$12,97257% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%59% higher than the US average
Bell employment
D Bell Housing Home value is 21% lower than California
Median home value
$322,90075% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0238% higher than the US average
Home ownership
28%56% lower than the US average
Bell real estate or Bell rentals
F Bell Schools HS graduation rate is 41% lower than California
High school grad. rates
47%43% lower than the US average
School test scores
24%52% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:133% higher than the US average
Bell K-12 schools

Living in Bell, CA

Bell, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 35,927 inhabitants. With a population density of 14,368 people per square mile, Bell is well above the nation's average density level. The majority of Bell residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Bell are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 86% of the population also speak Spanish. Bell tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 30 is far below the national average.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Bell could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. With useful information like crime, cost of living, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Bell and in the areas around Bell is a much easier task.

Bell has a livability score of 59/100 and is ranked #1,058 in California and #24,354 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. Based on the scores for each individual category, Bell has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A+). The bad news for Bell, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Bell has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Bell is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Bell come in at $322,900, which is 21.1% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bell, the home price to income ratio is 8.3, which is 29.7% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Bell area were 4.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 10.6%.

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      The City of Bell, a downtown of its own

      Living in Bell for a few years when I attended a community college in L.A. was a great experience. The location and housing price was what attracted me and I was instantly mesmerized when I arrived. Up to this day, I still continue to visit the area at least three times a year.

      One of my favorite things about it is the number of businesses in the area. From grocery stores to restaurants, to bars, the best areas in Bell are walking distance. This small city has everything you can think of but doesn’t feel too crumpled together.

      I still find the community to be mostly friendly people. It’s like a melting pot of all kinds of different ethnicities, but mostly Hispanic. I lived in the area in the early 2000’s and crime was a little rough. I’ve noticed that throughout the years Bell has improved a lot cosmetically and crime is not a big deal like before.
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      Source: The Bell, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).