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A+ Altadena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Altadena Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% higher than California
16262% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Altadena cost of living
B Altadena Crime Total crime is 38% lower than California
Total crime
1,84133% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5533% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Altadena crime
B- Altadena Employment Household income is 38% higher than California
Median household income
$88,23659% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$41,67240% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% lower than the US average
Altadena employment
D- Altadena Housing Home value is 52% higher than California
Median home value
$621,400236% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,42550% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
Altadena real estate or Altadena rentals
F Altadena Schools HS graduation rate is 11% higher than California
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
28%43% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:131% higher than the US average
Altadena K-12 schools

Living in Altadena, CA

Altadena is a mid-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 45,001 inhabitants. Altadena has a population density of 5,164 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 20% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Altadena has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 76% of the population is classified as married and 61% have kids.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Altadena is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Altadena and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Altadena to California and the national average.

Altadena has a livability score of 66/100 and is ranked #583 in California and #15,913 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Altadena has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (A) and employment (B-). On a less positive note, Altadena does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F), education (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Altadena has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

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 Altadena is real estate affordability. The median home price for Altadena homes is $621,400, which is 51.8% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Altadena, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7, which is 9.4% higher than the California average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Altadena will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Altadena, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%.

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Compare Altadena, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Altadena, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Oakmont, Glendale836719
Verdugo Woodlands, Glendale825.37,722
Emerald Isle, Glendale823.9742
Brockmont, Glendale817596
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rossmoyne, Glendale816.58,294
Sparr Heights, Glendale805.71,810
El Miradero, Glendale798.53,627
Crescenta Highlands, Glendale797.410,550

Best Cities Near Altadena, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA853.920,477
Marina del Rey, CA8523.69,782
Hermosa Beach, CA8527.119,726
Manhattan Beach, CA8425.735,573
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
San Marino, CA84513,324
Hidden Hills, CA8430.11,573
South Pasadena, CA835.925,936
Irvine, CA8241.2246,992

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My Time In Altadena, CA

I have lived in Altadena CA City for several years. I grew up in Sacramento, CA and then moved to Altadena. Altadena is so near Los Angeles that everything Los Angeles has to offer is available to residents of Altadena. My home was in Altadena, where I went after work to sleep. In contrast, I felt like I was really living in Los Angeles, where I worked and spent most of my leisure. Los Angeles has the finest museums and art galleries. Los Angeles is a world center for art. Shopping cannot be surpassed. The finest clothes designers are located in Los Angeles and their clothes are sold in Los Angeles stores. Shopping is spectacular. World class restaurants with the finest chefs are located in Los Angeles.

I really love Angeles National Forest, a specifically Mr. Wilson. This is where I go to exercise my body and rest my mind. The flora is special and the views are stunning. I can walk for hours watching the sun glow and disappear over the mountains.

What I do not like about Altadena is similar to what I do not like about Los Angeles. It is a nightmare of traffics jams. Before I get into the car, I have to evaluate what the traffic situation is going to be. There are times that I resist driving to a place where I want to go because I know that I will be sitting in traffic for a very long time. Sitting in traffic is very unappealing. Another disadvantage of living in the Los Angeles area is the price of housing. Homes are very expensive and not very appealing. In other areas of the country, it is possible to find beautiful homes at a fraction of the price of the homes in Altadena.
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