Altadena

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains is the peaceful community of Altadena.

Overview for Altadena, CA

43,476 people live in Altadena, where the median age is 46 and the average individual income is $55,435. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

43,476

Total Population

46 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$55,435

Average individual Income

Welcome to Altadena 

A peaceful community with beautiful mountain views

 

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains is the peaceful community of Altadena. The people here are friendly, the shops and restaurants are small and locally owned, and the views are astounding. Sunset here is especially gorgeous. If you’re looking for a home full of abundant nature but still close to metropolitan hubs, then Altadena is for you. Houses for sale in Altadena are spacious, beautifully designed and surrounded by mountain views.
 
Altadena began just after California became a state, when pioneers built water systems from the area to feed nearby towns. They soon found that grapes and citrus grew well in the hills, and Altadena’s harvests helped nearby Pasadena become the largest producer of wine leading up to (and during) Prohibition. They’ve resisted rules and annexation by other towns, and that “do what you want” spirit is still a fundamental part of the community.
 
Like Pasadena, Altadena saw many affluent folks from the East Coast take up residence here. The sprawl of Altadena has lent itself to large mansions and estates, as well as single-family craftsman homes.
 

What to Love

  • Home to renowned Christmas Tree Lane
  • Bordered on three sides by wilderness
  • Locally-owned, community-minded businesses

 

People & Lifestyle 

Altadena is a rural community that caters to those who love the outdoors. With beautiful views of the mountains, easy access to the wilderness, and tree-lined streets, it’s easy to feel more secluded than the town actually is. 
 
Altadena is a great place for families, and its proximity to Pasadena offers access to schooling, arts, and culture, as well as the many incredible companies that boost the job market there. This is the perfect place to live if you want to feel far away but want to have only a short drive bring you to the heart of the city.

 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

Altadena is all about community, and that shines through in the established local shops. Each locally-owned business comes to the table with a unique flair and desire for connection.

Open Road Bicycle Shop is a charming, local spot where cyclists can come for an expert opinion with a hometown touch. Wellema Hat Co brings old-world craftsmanship to the area with bespoke, hand-sewn hats. If you’re looking for a wider variety of goods but still want them locally produced and certified fair trade, Hoopla! is the boutique for you.

El Patron is a cozy neighborhood spot that serves authentic Mexican fare. There might not be many local coffee shops within the Altadena boundaries, but The Little Red Hen Coffee Shop more than makes up for that with its caffeine and breakfast offerings. Altadena Ale & Wine House is a family-owned establishment that prides itself on its beer selection and encourages patrons to have deep, intellectual conversations over a pint.

 

Things to Do

From opulent beauty to dazzling holiday displays, Altadena surprises many with the things it has to offer. Residents here enjoy a wide range of activities that belies its rural feel.
 
Every Christmas, residents can drive down Santa Rosa Avenue, better known as Christmas Tree Lane. This jaw-dropping corridor is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting display in the world. The Altadena Library is a wonderful place to find community events, with book clubs, speaker series, and even a dinner party, catered by local restaurants, designed to help the community connect.
 
Visit the self-proclaimed “Hoppiest Place on Earth” with a ticket to The Bunny Museum. This intriguing museum explores the way bunnies have been portrayed through culture, art, and advertising throughout the centuries. Altadena also features beautiful opportunities to get outdoors. Hike to a hidden waterfall at Eaton Canyon, or make your way into Angeles National Forest along the more difficult Mount Lowe Railway Loop.

 

Schools

Altadena is served by several excellent schools located both within its borders and in neighboring cities. Top educational opportunities include: 


Odyssey Charter School, K-8
Aveson Charter School, PK-12
Pasadena Rosebud Academy, K-8

 

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Demographics and Employment Data for Altadena, CA

Altadena has 14,872 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Altadena do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 43,476 people call Altadena home. The population density is 8,023.575 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

43,476

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

46

Median Age

46.89 / 53.11%

Men vs Women

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14,872

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$55,435

Average individual Income

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Schools in Altadena, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Altadena. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Charles W. Eliot Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Pasadena Waldorf School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Judson International School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Firehouse Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
St Elizabeth Parish School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Pasadena Rosebud Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
PRIVATE
3rd - 10th
No rating available
Stratford School- Altadena Allen
PRIVATE
PreK - 1st
No rating available
Aveson Global Leadership Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
Alma Fuerte Public
PUBLIC
K - 8th
1/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Meher Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Pasadena Waldorf High School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Renaissance Academy
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Aveson School of Leaders
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5

Around Altadena, CA

There's plenty to do around Altadena, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

59
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
43
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Finn + Willow, Pilates Pasadena, and Dedication Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 3.39 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.32 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.87 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.73 miles 51 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.75 miles 29 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.03 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
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