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Altadena, CA
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Altadena profile

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.

A relatively large number of people in Altadena telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.65% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Altadena is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Altadena area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Altadena are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.93% 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 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Altadena's cultural character, accounting for 23.02% of the town’s population.

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