Altadena, CA
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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 87.67% 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 office and administrative support (11.54%), management occupations (11.39%), and teaching (10.73%).

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.

The citizens of Altadena are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.59% of adults in Altadena have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Altadena in 2010 was $42,089, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,356 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 29.15% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Altadena include German, Armenian, Irish, and Italian.

In addition, Altadena has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.76%).

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