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 92.01% 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 (14.29%), teaching (11.57%), and healthcare (10.23%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in South Pasadena use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of South Pasadena‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. 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 South Pasadena. 60.39% 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 South Pasadena in 2010 was $46,649, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $186,596 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 21.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Pasadena include Irish, English, Italian, and European.

South Pasadena also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 28.32%.

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