Bellflower is a city located in southeast Los Angeles County, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Take a look below for 20 awesome and interesting facts about Bellflower, California, United States.
1. It was founded in 1906 and incorporated on September 3, 1957.
2. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 76,616, up from 72,878 at the 2000 census.
3. This made it the 65th most densely populated city in the United States, of cities over 50,000 residents (and the 8th most densely populated city in California).
4. The site was formerly rich farmland watered by artesian wells and floodwaters of the now-contained San Gabriel River.
5. In 1906, F.E. Woodruff, a local real estate investor, founded the first municipality on the site, which was named Somerset in 1909 when a post office was established there.
6. However, the Post Office Department rejected the name to prevent confusion with Somerset, Colorado.
7. The present name is derived from the bellflower apple, which was grown in local orchards during the early 1900s.
8. Originally settled by small communities of dairy farmers of Dutch, Japanese, and Portuguese descent, Bellflower and neighboring Paramount served first as the apple and later the milk production centers for Southern California, until soaring post-World War II property values forced most of the farmers to move several miles east to the Dairy Valley/Dairyland/Dairy City area (now the cities of Cerritos, La Palma, and Cypress).
9. These farms were in turn converted into large housing subdivisions for Los Angeles’s growing population that worked in the region’s skilled industrial and service sectors.
10. After Bellflower was incorporated in 1957, its gradual metamorphosis from agricultural center to residential suburb continued.
11. From the 1950s through the late 1960s, Bellflower Boulevard, the city’s main thoroughfare, was a thriving commercial strip for shopping.
12. Numerous retail and franchise restaurant firms began on this street, which also featured middle- and high-end boutiques, arts and crafts shops, and other small shopkeeps alongside larger department stores and banks.
13. It is a sister city with Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
14. Bellflower is located at 33°53′17″N 118°07′39″W.
15. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2). 6.1 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.86%) is water.
16. Bellflower is bordered by Downey on the north and northwest, Norwalk and Cerritos on the east, Lakewood on the south, Long Beach on the southwest, and Paramount on the west.
17. Bellflower is part of Southeast Los Angeles County and the “Gateway Cities Council of Governments” (GCOG).
18. Fire protection in Bellflower is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department from stations 23 and 98. Ambulance transport is provided by Care Ambulance Service.
19. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department operates the Lakewood Station in Lakewood, serving Bellflower.
20. The United States Postal Service Bellflower Post Office is located at 9835 Flower Street.