Population: 140,268Median home value: $649,800 68 Ranks better than 57% of areas
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A+ Pasadena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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F Pasadena Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% higher than California
16666% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Pasadena cost of living
C- Pasadena Crime Total crime is 16% lower than California
Total crime
2,46310% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4110% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Pasadena crime
C+ Pasadena Employment Household income is 14% higher than California
Median household income
$73,02932% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,09744% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
Pasadena employment
C Pasadena Housing Home value is 59% higher than California
Median home value
$649,800252% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42150% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%33% lower than the US average
Pasadena real estate or Pasadena rentals
F Pasadena Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than California
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
32%35% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Pasadena K-12 schools or Pasadena colleges

Living in Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 140,268 people. With a population density of 6,103 people per square mile, Pasadena is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Pasadena identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 27% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Pasadena might be a good fit as 72% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 61% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Are you trying to decide if living in Pasadena is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like amenities, weather, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Pasadena and in the areas around Pasadena is a much easier task.

Pasadena has a livability score of 69 out of 100 and is ranked #439 in California and #12,388 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Pasadena has received high marks for amenities (A+) and weather (A). Pasadena does not do well for the following: cost of living (F) and education (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Pasadena, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Norton Simon Museum, Old Pasadena, and The Gamble House.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Pasadena is real estate affordability. The median home price for Pasadena homes is $649,800, which is 58.8% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Pasadena, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 8.9, which is 39.1% higher than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Pasadena area were 6.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 7.3%.

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Compare Pasadena, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Pasadena, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Oakmont, Glendale836.4719
Verdugo Woodlands, Glendale825.27,722
Emerald Isle, Glendale823.9742
Brockmont, Glendale816.8596
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rossmoyne, Glendale8168,294
Sparr Heights, Glendale806.11,810
El Miradero, Glendale798.43,627
Crescenta Highlands, Glendale798.310,550

Best Cities Near Pasadena, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA854.920,477
Marina del Rey, CA8522.19,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8525.119,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8423.835,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA84313,324
Hidden Hills, CA8429.81,573
South Pasadena, CA833.725,936
Irvine, CA8239.4246,992

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Attractions Found For Low Prices In Pasadena, CA

I have traveled to Pasadena many times and think it is a fairly decent city. Travelers will enjoy visiting Pasadena. There are plenty of museums, parks and excellent restaurants in Pasadena. One of the most notable restaurants is Yahaira's Cafe, offering Latin-American cuisine. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm, the food is always delicious and fresh, and staff are very friendly. During the summer, there are numerous free music performances in the city of Pasadena for the public. Performances are generally always good and definitely worth watching. Camping and hiking are popular activities to pursue in Pasadena, with plenty of beautiful areas to choose from, for low prices. Several campgrounds surround Pasadena, but the ones I found to be the most scenic, clean and affordable were Spruce Grove and Idlehour Campground.

One downfall of Pasadena is that several neighborhoods are still rough. Rough areas are improving, but still exist. During the summer the air is very hot and humid much of the time. Those seeking to relocate to Pasadena will find their air conditioning quite high. Also, freeways near Pasadena have a tendency to be crowded most of the time, making commuting and driving a challenge.
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