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Bellflower, California

Bellflower is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 72,878.

Its one-time mayor, Art Olivier was Libertarian candidate for Vice President in the 2000 presidential election.


Bellflower is located at 33°53'17" North, 118°7'39" West (33.888165, -118.127604)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.9 km² (6.2 mi²). 15.7 km² (6.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.14% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 72,878 people, 23,367 households, and 17,128 families residing in the city. The population density is 4,635.6/km² (11,999.5/mi²). There are 24,247 housing units at an average density of 1,542.3/km² (3,992.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 46.09% White, 13.09% African American, 0.92% Native American, 9.69% Asian, 0.70% Pacific Islander, 24.38% from other races, and 5.13% from two or more races. 43.23% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 23,367 households out of which 43.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% are married couples living together, 19.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% are non-families. 21.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.09 and the average family size is 3.59.

In the city the population is spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $39,362, and the median income for a family is $42,822. Males have a median income of $32,658 versus $28,012 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,982. 15.8% of the population and 12.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 20.7% are under the age of 18 and 10.0% are 65 or older.