Pasadena 67 Average
Pasadena Livability #462 ranked city in California#15,889 ranked city in the USARanks better than 45% of areas
A+ Pasadena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Pasadena Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% higher than California
16969% more expensive than the US average
14141% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Pasadena cost of living
D+ Pasadena Crime Total crime is 12% lower than California
Total crime
2,4522% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 412% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
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
A Pasadena User Ratings There are a total of 22 ratings in Pasadena
Overall user rating
83% 22 total ratings
User reviews rating
87% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
81% 19 total surveys
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      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%.

      Pasadena transportation information

      Average one way commute28min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work70.4%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.5%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.3%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.6%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.9%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Pasadena, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).