Bellflower is a city located in south-east Los Angeles County, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It was founded in 1906 and incorporated in 1957. The name is derived from the bellflower apple, which was grown in local orchards during the early 1900s. Originally settled by small communities of dairy farmers of Dutch, Japanese, and Portuguese descent, Bellflower and neighbouring Paramount served first as the apple and later the milk production centres for Southern California, until soaring post-World War II property values forced most of the farmers to move several miles east. 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.
After Bellflower was incorporated in 1957, its gradual metamorphosis from agricultural centre to residential suburb continued. From the 1950s through the late 1960s, Bellflower Boulevard, the city's main thoroughfare, was a thriving commercial strip for shopping. 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 shops alongside larger department stores and banks. It is a sister city with Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Among the top employers in the city are: Bellflower Medical Center; Kaiser Permanente; Time Warner Cable; Hollywood Sports; City of Bellflower; K-Mart; Bel Tooren Villa Convalescent Hospital; Woodruff Convalescent Center; Bellflower Dental Group; Stater Bros.
Bellflower has a population of over 75,493 people. Bellflower also forms part of the wider Los Angeles metropolitan area which has a population of over 13,310,447 people.