Pasadena

This community is an incredible combination of historical preservation and cutting-edge devotion to sustainability.

Overview for Pasadena, CA

140,205 people live in Pasadena, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $54,792. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

140,205

Total Population

41 years

Median Age

High

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

$54,792

Average individual Income

Welcome to Pasadena

A sun-soaked suburb with a traditional, East Coast feel

 
This community is an incredible combination of historical preservation and cutting-edge devotion to sustainability. The abundance of green space and friendly atmosphere gives Pasadena a hometown feel. It’s incredibly family-friendly, full of opportunity, and laden with charm.

Beginning in the late 1800s, Pasadena boomed as a resort town. Beautiful hotels were built, and wealthy Easterners treated Pasadena as their winter escape. Then, during World War II, the city was given another boost when high-tech and scientific companies moved to the area to support the Pacific War efforts. To this day, these companies continue to make Pasadena a hub of technology and business.

Pasadena is well-known for its architecture, primarily because it’s the home of architectural leader Greene & Greene. Thanks to the city’s preservation efforts, there are still a large number of California craftsman-style homes from the 19th and early-20th centuries. With smaller single-family homes, quaint condos, and grand estates on larger lots, there is something in Pasadena to fit most budgets and lifestyles.
 

What to Love

  • The world-famous Rose Bowl
  • Dozens of hiking trails for all levels
  • Incredible shopping and dining in quaint Old Pasadena

 

People & Lifestyle

Quiet and friendly, Pasadena has a hometown, artistic feel despite the fact that it’s a metropolitan hub. The thriving job sector includes engineering, pharmaceutical, medical, and tech companies, and the area also has a pull for those with a creative bent. Residents here are highly educated, and Pasadena is a wonderful place to raise a family. There is no shortage of things to do, and the city prides itself on its walkability, incredible public transportation system, and a plethora of events.
 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Bursting with local shops, historic businesses, and neighborhood favorites, Pasadena’s commercial scene is one of the best in Southern California. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s likely you’ll find it here.

Stroll through Old Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard for a myriad of brand-name stores and boutiques, but the real charm of Pasadena shopping comes in out-of-the-way places. The Huntington Collection is a resale shop for antiques, and its proceeds are donated to local programs. Find flowers to brighten your home at Jacob Maarse, a local shop that has led the industry for almost half a century. 

Dine in the California sunshine and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal at The Arbour. Another local favorite, Mi Piace, serves up lite Italian cuisine with a New York accent. Alexander's Steakhouse serves premium steaks with a Japanese twist. On a hot summer day, cool down with a stop by family-owned 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt. Whether you’re an avid coffee drinker or a casual sipper, you’ll find what you’re looking for with coffee shops like Urth Cafe, Lavender & Honey, and Art + Science Cafe.
 

Things to Do

If you walk down any of Pasadena’s beautiful tree-lined streets, you’re likely to bump into a historical place or an incredible art and cultural experience.

Pasadena Playhouse hosts various community events and professional productions where patrons can enjoy a night on the town. The Pasadena Chalk Festival brings hundreds of talented artists together to create masterful street art. Every January, people crowd the streets of Pasadena to watch the Rose Parade, but imagine being able to walk to the end of your block to see it! If you’re more into football than floats, get a ticket to the Rose Bowl Game (but do it now because it’s sold out every year since 1947).

Adjacent to the Rose Bowl, avid golfers will find the Brookside Golf Club, an incredible 36-hole complex in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Whether you recognize it from watching Back to the Future or as a paragon of design, Gamble House is a great place to explore art as architecture. Or, for a possibly less dignified experience, they also host events such as goat yoga. For even more inspiration, Norton Simon Museum offers guests a rich journey of art and history.
 

Historical and Architectural Landmarks

Pasadena is rich in architectural heritage, with several neighborhoods boasting unique and historically significant structures. For instance, the Landmark District of Historic Highlands is renowned for its grand historic homes, showcasing a variety of architectural styles such as Spanish Revivals, Craftsman, and Tudors​​. Markham Place, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is another notable area with a collection of early Pasadena architecture, from Queen Annes to Swiss Craftsman homes​​.
 

Local Events and Community Engagement

Pasadena is a hub for community activities and local events that foster a sense of belonging. The Rose Bowl Flea Market, a massive monthly event featuring thousands of vendors, and local farmers' markets, such as the one in Victory Park, are central to community life. These events not only provide shopping opportunities but also serve as gathering places for residents​​.
 

Green Spaces and Environmental Initiatives

Pasadena's commitment to sustainability is evident in its numerous parks and green initiatives. The city manages over a thousand acres of parkland, including the expansive Arroyo Seco area, which offers a variety of outdoor activities. Environmental conservation efforts are integral to the city’s policies, emphasizing the community's dedication to maintaining and enhancing its natural spaces​​.
 

Schools

Pasadena is home to excellent schools for all levels. Top educational opportunities include: 

California Institute of Technology
Pasadena High School
Marshall Fundamental School
 

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Demographics and Employment Data for Pasadena, CA

Pasadena has 55,596 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Pasadena do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 140,205 people call Pasadena home. The population density is 10,278.291 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

140,205

Total Population

High

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

41

Median Age

49.02 / 50.98%

Men vs Women

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
55,596

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$54,792

Average individual Income

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Schools in Pasadena, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Pasadena. 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
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
St Andrew Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Philip The Apostle School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Mayfield Junior School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Villa Esperanza Services
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Westridge School For Girls
PRIVATE
4th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Mayfield Senior School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Hillsides Education Center
PRIVATE
3rd - 12th
No rating available
Rose City High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
San Rafael Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Lake Avenue Church School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Gregorys A & M Hovsepian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 11th
No rating available
International School Of Los Angeles-Pas
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 11th
No rating available
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Judson International School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Harambee Preparatory School
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Field (Eugene) Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Harriet Tubman Preschool & Elementary
PRIVATE
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Tabernacle Of David Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 5th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
Don Benito Fundamental
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Longfellow (Henry W.) Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Norma Coombs Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
1/5
Agbu Vatche And Tamar Manoukian High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Pasadena Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Assumption Of The Bvm Elementary School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Levon & Hasmig Tavlian Armenian Preschool & Kdgn
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5

Around Pasadena, CA

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

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Very Walkable
Walking Score
77
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
52
Good Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Star Sky Granola, Star Sky Granola, and Margie Trains.

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Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.07 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.36 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
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