A friendly, predominantly residential city with a population of approximately 77,500, Bellflower is conveniently located just 17 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The city derives its name from a mispronunciation of belle fleur, a variety of apple tree that grew abundantly in the region. Originally settled by Dutch, Japanese, and Portuguese dairy farmers, Bellflower is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse in the United States. The city’s ongoing core objectives center on public safety, economic development and community beautification. In addition, by raising development standards, adding new housing stock, and attracting quality businesses to Bellflower, the city has taken aggressive, proactive steps to meet the challenges of today, in order to create a bright future. Bellflower also places a high priority on keeping citizens informed, with a colorful monthly newsletter and an award-winning All About Bellflower community cable news show. Bellflower has been awarded seven national awards for outstanding community outreach in the past two years.