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 44,033 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Altadena is the 192nd largest community in California.

Housing costs in Altadena are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.

Altadena is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.08% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Altadena who work in management occupations (11.49%), office and administrative support (11.25%), and teaching (8.80%).

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.

In Altadena, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.14 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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.

The education level of Altadena ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Altadena, 44.48% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Altadena in 2018 was $46,699, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $186,796 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 28.05% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Altadena include German, English, Armenian, Irish, and Italian.

In addition, Altadena has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.65%).

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