South Pasadena, CA
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South Pasadena is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 26,151 people and five constituent neighborhoods, South Pasadena is the 271st largest community in California.

South Pasadena home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but South Pasadena real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

South Pasadena is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.06% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Pasadena is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Pasadena who work in management occupations (13.86%), teaching (10.89%), and sales jobs (10.22%).

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

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

A relatively large number of people in South Pasadena telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.69% 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 city are by private automobile, South 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the South Pasadena area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, South Pasadena is a pretty powerful place. 59.04% of the adults in South 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 South Pasadena in 2010 was $46,151, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $184,604 for a family of four. However, South Pasadena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Pasadena is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South Pasadena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Pasadena residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. South Pasadena also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Pasadena include Irish, German, Italian, and European.

In addition, South Pasadena has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.63%).

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