Altadena 71 Excellent
Altadena Livability #213 ranked city in California#6,065 ranked city in the USARanks better than 79% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Altadena

  • Commute

    High commute scores indicates that public transit should be easily accessible in this area and the average commute time to work is less than average.

  • Employment

    The combination of higher than average median home income, income per capita and low unemployment rates results in a score that is well above average in the employment category.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive things to say about the proximity of restaurants, grocery stores, parks, public transit, friendliness of neighbors, sense of community and overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Cost Of Living

    Based on the most recent cost of living data, this area is more expensive to live in. You can expect to pay more for everyday goods and services, housing, groceries and utilities.

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What's it like Living in Altadena?

Altadena, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 43,037 inhabitants. Altadena has a population density of 5,084 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Altadena identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 23% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. An important consideration when living in Altadena is the longer-than-average commute times. If you seek a short work commute, this area may not be the best choice for you. The one-way commute time here typically takes 30 minutes, far surpassing the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Altadena could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. To help you find the best places to live in and around Altadena, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, commute, health & safety and more.

Altadena, CA receives 74/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #151 in California and #3,669 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Altadena has been rewarded with high marks for crime (B) and education (A+). There are some categories that Altadena scores poorly for, including: amenities (F) and cost of living (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Being close to public transit, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Altadena. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Altadena are affordable. Median real estate prices in Altadena come in at $802,500, which is 96.1% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Altadena, the home price to income ratio is 8, which is 25% higher than the California average.

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      Altadena transportation information

      Statistic Altadena California National
      Average one way commute30min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work75.8%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.3%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.2%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.2%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home9.7%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Altadena, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).