Altadena, CA
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Living in Altadena


Altadena is a medium-sized town located in the state of California. With a population of 42,846 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Altadena is the 208th largest community in California.

Altadena home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Altadena real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Altadena is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.47% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Altadena is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Altadena who work in management occupations (11.38%), office and administrative support (10.94%), and teaching (8.64%).

Of important note, Altadena is also a town of artists. Altadena has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Altadena’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.65% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Altadena is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Altadena, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Altadena is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.93% of adults in Altadena have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Altadena in 2018 was $50,223, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,892 for a family of four. However, Altadena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Altadena is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Altadena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Altadena residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Altadena also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 29.53% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Altadena include German, English, Armenian, Irish, and Italian.

Altadena also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.02%.

The most common language spoken in Altadena is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Armenian.