Pasadena, CA
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Pasadena is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 141,371 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 89.64% 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 (12.09%), office and administrative support (9.73%), and sales jobs (9.31%).

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 noticeable about Pasadena, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Pasadena is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Pasadena a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Pasadena. 51.22% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Pasadena in 2010 was $45,306, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $181,224 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 34.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pasadena include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Armenian.

In addition, Pasadena has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.03%).

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