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Pasadena, CA
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Living in Pasadena


Pasadena is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 138,699 people and 37 constituent neighborhoods, Pasadena is the 44th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Pasadena 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.

Pasadena is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.33% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Pasadena is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pasadena who work in management occupations (13.14%), sales jobs (8.69%), and teaching (8.60%).

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

Also of interest is that Pasadena has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.35% 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.

One thing that you will notice about Pasadena is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Pasadena a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Pasadena use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Pasadena‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Pasadena, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Pasadena is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.03% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pasadena in 2018 was $50,205, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,820 for a family of four. However, Pasadena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pasadena is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pasadena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Pasadena, accounting for 34.87% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Pasadena residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Pasadena include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Armenian.

Pasadena also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.26%.

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