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 141,029 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Pasadena is the 40th 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 90.44% 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 (12.76%), office and administrative support (9.56%), and teaching (9.20%).

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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Pasadena is a pretty powerful place. 52.30% of the adults in Pasadena have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Pasadena in 2018 was $47,863, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $191,452 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. The greatest number of Pasadena residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Pasadena also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pasadena include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Armenian.

In addition, Pasadena has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.02%).

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