South Pasadena

South Pasadena is your picture-perfect suburb.

Overview for South Pasadena, CA

26,881 people live in South Pasadena, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $67,985. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

26,881

Total Population

41 years

Median Age

High

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

$67,985

Average individual Income

Welcome to South Pasadena

A small, peaceful town full of historical landmarks

 

South Pasadena is your picture-perfect suburb. The people who live here are friendly and charming, the houses are quaint, and the community spaces are well-maintained and frequented by all. It is the epitome of small-town charm without actually being too small. It’s close to the bustle of Pasadena and a quick train ride away from Downtown LA.
 
South Pasadena is well-known for having many of the oldest historical landmarks in the San Gabriel Valley. These landmarks range from 19th-century homes built by Greene & Greene landmark to places like the Rialto Theater, which originally played vaudeville and live-orchestrated films in the 1920s and is now one of the last single-screen movie theaters in Southern California.
 
Staying true to its preservation efforts, South Pasadena has many original and restored homes from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These single-family craftsman homes are charming and lend to the small-town feel.
 

What to Love 

  • An abundance of historical landmarks
  • Beautifully maintained outdoor spaces
  • Local flair and small-town charm

 

People & Lifestyle

South Pasadena is not only peaceful and historic — it’s also extremely family-friendly. The schools here are wonderful, and the neighborhoods are quiet, making it an ideal place for young families. Its proximity to the businesses of Pasadena makes it great for those looking for a short commute to work. The easy drive or train ride leaves plenty of time to enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer.

 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

South Pasadena’s commercial districts are full of nostalgic charm, local flair, and a deep sense of community. The businesses here have been around for decades, and the locals would be loath to trade them for bigger stores.
 
If you’re strolling down Mission Street, stop by Adobe Design to pick out a piece from their eclectic jewelry and home design offerings. Nearby, Hotbox Vintage offers a wide array of incredible clothes and jewelry. Pick up bread, pastries, and cakes at La Monarca Bakery. While you’re there, definitely treat yourself to a cup of their delicious Mexican hot chocolate.
 
If you’re looking for a retro diner vibe, head over to Twohey’s for a delicious burger and a delightfully nostalgic fudge sundae. Keep going with the nostalgia by visiting the charming ice cream counter at Fair Oaks Pharmacy. Another local favorite, Mike & Anne’s is one of those places that transitions beautifully from day to night. Meet up with a friend for lunch, or drink a sultry cocktail in the dim glow after dark. 
 

Things to Do 

South Pasadena feels like a small town, full of charm and laden with community events and spaces. The locals are dedicated to maintaining its history and beauty while also making it one of the best places to live in the area.
 
Every Thursday in historic South Pasadena, locals can find organic produce and special vendors at the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market. The small but dedicated South Pasadena Historical Museum hosts many events throughout the year, including a historical home tour.
 
South Pasadena has worked hard to maintain its beauty and history, and one of those dedicated spaces is the wildlife preserve at Nature Park. For a wholesome neighborhood park experience, visit Garfield Park. Here you’ll have access to tennis courts, gazebos, and acres of well-maintained park space.

 

Schools 

South Pasadena is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: 


Marengo Elementary, K-5
South Pasadena Middle School, 6-8
South Pasadena High School, 9-12

 
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Demographics and Employment Data for South Pasadena, CA

South Pasadena has 10,357 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South Pasadena do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 26,881 people call South Pasadena home. The population density is 9,841.552 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

26,881

Total Population

High

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

41

Median Age

50.08 / 49.92%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
10,357

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$67,985

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
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Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in South Pasadena, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby South 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
South Pasadena Senior High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Monterey Hills Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
South Pasadena Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Arroyo Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Almansor Academy (Institute For Redesign Of Learni
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
St James Parish Day School & Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available

Around South Pasadena, CA

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

69
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
50
Bikeable
Bike Score
60
Good Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Aunt Debbie's Goodies, HME Boutique, and Amren Tulano.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.89 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.65 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.89 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.31 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.01 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.62 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
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