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One review on http://www.areavibes.com/bell+gardens-ca/reviews/ describes what life is like in Bell Gardens: “I grew up in Bell Gardens, CA. I recently moved from the city due to a job opening. Bell Gardens is a dream area. It has tons of things to do, you hardly ever hear of anything “bad” happening, gas is cheap, rent is very cheap and the city, overall is absolutely amazing. Also, for those of you who are big gambling fans, The Bicycle Hotel/Casino is also located in Bell Gardens. The Bicycle Hotel and Casino is within a few miles distance of all homes in Bell Gardens. Also, Bell Gardens has an amazingly fun golf course. They also offer a zip line. If you travel a little distance, you can go to Travel Town Museum which would be an amazing experience for both children and adults! Bell Gardens was always peaceful. Looking up crime rates, they have a 194, which is very low compared to the national average (387). Also, the gas is very cheap, running at $3.19 per gallon. Where I live now (in New York), I pay $3.78 per gallon. The rent in Bell Gardens is also very cheap. It runs around $300 to $500 a month. Before I owned my house, I was paying $450 a month. Overall, I paid $350,000 for the house I was living in. The utilities in the house ran the same as they do everywhere else, and my family was as happy as they could be in Bell Gardens. I sometimes regret moving from Bell Gardens. My family has the best times, they were always happy and they never got bored. I recommend anyone and everyone to move to Bell Gardens. It is a safe and always happy environment.”

If you are looking to relocate to a California city that has a low cost of housing, low cost of living and a low crime rate Bell Gardens is just the place. It is located in Los Angeles County and it is home to about 43,000 people according to the last census. It has one distinction – it is one of the 6 cities in California where gambling is legal.

The history of Bell Gardens can be traced back to native Indians who inhabited most of California for thousands of years. The Spanish arrived in the 14th century and one of the centers they created was Californios, a bustling agricultural center which is present day Bell Gardens. One of the families that arrived during this period was the Lugos. They were granted a large tract of land on which its patriarch, Antonio Lugo built several adobe houses one of which stands to this day. He died in 1860 and left the land to his 9 children.

Wikipedia explains how modern day Bell Gardens came to be: “The Bell Gardens’ school system began in 1867 when the San Antonio School was built where Bell Gardens Elementary stands today. Area farmers sent their children to the San Antonio School, which was one of the earliest educational institutions in the County of Los Angeles. Because of the rich soil and abundant land, many Japanese immigrants are part of Bell Gardens’ early history. Japanese Gardeners leased land and farmed to produce quality vegetables for the marketplace. Rice fields also mushroomed within the city limits of Bell Gardens. With some of the richest agricultural land in the country, Bell Gardens remained a farming community until the 1930s.”

Bell Gardens is home to the oldest adobe in California, and although at one time there were no resources to maintain it it is now listed on the state historical registry thanks to the Bell Gardens Councilwoman Letha Viles.

The population of Bell Gardens is 50% white and the rest is a mix of other races including African Americans, Latinos, Asians and pacific Islanders. The city is one of the most family-centric in California – almost 70% of all households have children who are aged 18 or younger. In fact, 35% of the population falls in this age group.

Bell Gardens has a livability index of 65. The cost of living there is 10% lower than California, while the median household income is 40% lower than the state average. This makes it perfect for those who don’t have a lot of money but still want to enjoy living in a good city. You will be quite safe living in Bell Gardens – the crime rate is 30% lower than the average across the state. The high school graduation rate is 48% lower than the state average and the city is served by the Montebello Unified School District. This may be explained by the fact that Bell Gardens has 10 neighborhoods that have very high populations of Latino immigrants whose primary interest is to work so that they can send money back home.

This city is the perfect place to buy a home if you are on a budget – the median home value is 24% lower than the average in California. A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home will cost you around $500,000 while 3,046 square feet go for around $900,000.

Bell Gardens attracts a lot of visitors because it is home to one of the largest poker casinos in the world, the Bicycle Hotel and Casino. Wikipedia explains how it came about: “Founded by George Hardie Sr. in 1984 The Bicycle Casino offers a selection of poker games and Asian games, with a wide range of limits. The casino features games including: Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha hold ’em, Mexican Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker and Baccarat (card game). Financing to build the original Bicycle Club casino was provided by Sam Gilbert, who allegedly used money partially obtained from laundering drug money. The casino is home to the Legends of Poker, a tournament series established in 1995 that now includes a stop on the World Poker Tour. Prior to the Legends, the casino’s main tournament series was called the Diamond Jim Brady.”