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 141,371 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.

Another interesting thing about Pasadena, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Pasadena is somewhat unusual for a city 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 Pasadena area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Pasadena is a pretty powerful place. 51.22% 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 $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.

Pasadena also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.03%.

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