South Pasadena, CA
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Living in South Pasadena


South Pasadena is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 25,611 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 92.26% 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 (12.60%), teaching (12.08%), and office and administrative support (10.38%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.15% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

South Pasadena, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One downside of living in South Pasadena is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In South Pasadena, the average commute to work is 32.52 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of South Pasadena’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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. 64.82% 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 $57,438, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,752 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 19.51% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Pasadena include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

South Pasadena also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.23%.

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