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      Pasadena, TX

      Part of the Houston metro area and 17th most populous city in Texas, Pasadena is a coastal city on the Gulf of Mexico with a growing economy whose major industries are petroleum, petrochemicals, aerospace, and maritime shipping. The number of jobs has grown significantly over the last year. It is served by major highways I-10, I-45, and I-610. The city lies in a humid subtropical area of Texas, experiencing long, hot, and humid summers, and brief, mild winters. Lying on the Gulf of Mexico, Pasadena is sometimes subject to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. It has a population of just under 150,000. Surrounded by historical landmarks, and only minutes away from both Houston and Galveston Island, Pasadena offers plenty of opportunities for both work and play alike.

      Pasadena is a slightly more affordable place to live when compared to similar locations. The average apartment rent is just under $900 a month, and median home prices under $150,000 combined with lower grocery, healthcare and miscellaneous costs are what make Pasadena so affordable. However, you will see higher transportation and associated costs here.

      If you are considering moving to Pasadena, you might at first be put off by the rather unattractive aspect of the petroleum refineries and industrial sprawl you will find yourself surrounded by, but fear not, for you won’t have to travel far to enjoy some of Texas’ finest nature and entertainment hot spots. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is less than 20 minutes away, offering a beautiful park, complete with grills and picnic tables, as well as the San Jacinto monument and museum, providing more than enough to fill an entire day. Nearby Kemah is a popular beach destination for locals with plenty of eateries and shopping in the Kemah Lighthouse district with Galveston Island and Surfside Beach, also not too far away. Pasadena also boasts 13 different nature trails covering over 100 miles, offering plenty of hiking and biking opportunities. For families seeking more educational entertainment, Space Center Houston is close by as well as Armand Bayou Nature Center and a handful of other interesting museums and art galleries in the Houston area. There is even a strawberry festival to enjoy, celebrating the area’s long time love affair with strawberries, held annually on the third weekend of May.

      If you are looking for an affordable place to live with excellent job prospects, you need to look no further than Pasadena. Its growing job market, diverse economy, and proximity to some of the best beaches, entertainment and cultural sites Texas has to offer makes Pasadena a fun, unique and rewarding place to live that will lure you in with its unique local charm and friendliness.

      Top Rated Schools in Pasadena

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Fairmont ElementaryKG - 580991%
      Turner Elementary SchoolPK - 456988%
      Vista Academy Of PasadenaKG - 532887%
      G W RobinsonPK - 550986%
      Golden Acres Elementary SchoolPK - 448985%
      Brookwood Elementary SchoolPK - 572084%
      Fisher ElementaryPK - 592281%
      Jensen Elementary SchoolPK - 573879%
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      Not Great, But You Can Make a Life For Yourself Here

      I moved to the area nine years ago. The bad things about Pasadena, TX include the extremely high crime, lack of police support, traffic, bad drivers, uninsured drivers, road rage, flooding, and the air quality. Unfortunately, we have had our cars broken into multiple times and because of that we always make sure our cameras and alarms are working. Also, my husband, who was formerly against guns, and I have obtained our right to carry permits and go to the gun range frequently. The great things about Pasadena, TX include the lower cost of living, the amenities and it's geographical location to downtown, the beltway, and Galveston. Your money just goes farther here than it does in Friendswood, League City, Kemah or Pearland. Plus it does not take you 30+ minutes to get to I45 like it does coming out of the Seabrook area. Aside from the negatives, it is a family oriented community and the people are your blue collar working class. Socially it is a little tough to find your place because the community is kind of divided into a hispanic (and all variations thereof) and a country (dare I say, redneck?) population (and of course, not everyone fits those two categories!). I gave it three stars because I have seen substantial improvements in the last nine years and I think the area will continue that course.
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      Awful To Live Here

      I have not had any positive experience since moving here. The people are incredibly rude 95% of the time. Good luck trying to get a job in the area. Nobody communicates efficiently, actually lost my awesome job because of lack of communication here. Now I am stuck fighting to get back what I should not have lost in the first place. I can't wait to go back to my home state. I thought first impressions are one thing, but they've seemed to maintain a negative vibe here. Would not recommend living here to those looking to succeed. There's nothing here for you.
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      Perhaps My Favorite Place To Live

      Pasadena is perhaps my favorite place to live. I moved to Pasadena, TX about two years ago. I transferred for a job, and I haven't regretted the move since. There are some things that I would change, like the lack of communication if there is a severe storm headed toward the city or the lack of schools for all of the children I see, but overall, I enjoy the area.

      My favorite part about living in the city is that the coast is almost right in my back yard. The Galveston Bay is a place where I have seen large boats that I never thought I would see up close as well as some of the biggest turtles I've seen in my life. One of the things I've noticed about Pasadena is that there are a lot of theaters. If you like seeing live shows, then you won't be disappointed. There is everything from children's programs to some adult dramas that I would just as soon forget. One of the performances that I saw at the Pasadena Little Theater was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. This was a small adaptation, but I enjoyed it all the same. The Lonestar Club is a place I like to go to at night. The atmosphere is very friendly, and there are live shows through the week. The food is amazing, and the bar serves the best drinks. There is a Texas burger served there that has almost everything you can imagine on it, and it's big enough for two people. There are quite a few things to do in the evening, but there could be some improvements for activities during the day, like more shopping malls.
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      I like living in pasadena. 10 word limit on titles.

      Accesibility- Walmart, Target, and Kroger are all very close in Pasadena, at least where i live, what i consider to be the heart of Pasadena, off of Burke and Fairmont. theres a lot of people living in this area.
      There are a lot of restaurants/fast food places in this area too.

      You can find a nice apartment to live in for cheap here.

      I consider it to be safe for the most part, as long as you dont go walking around at night.

      It is a bit lacking in entertainment, you'll have to drive to South Houston or Houston for that.

      I dont smell anything in the air at least not in this area im not sure what the previous reviewer is talking about. Not everyone lives right next to the refineries. I think this is a great, quiet place to live. I dont have a car, I ride my scooter to pick up my groceries around town a few times a week. Im a 24 yr old young lady.
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      Pasadena TX in general

      I travel all over the nation in my line of work and I can assure you that Pasadena Texas is one of the biggest dumps that I have ever had to work in, drive in, eat in, and breathe in. You need to speak Spanish if you're going to live here. This is a low rent / low income area with all the frills that you would expect from a drug and prostitute riddled area. The petro-chemical refineries in the area have an aroma of a rotten pig pen which is what Pasadena TX really is anyway. Go around!
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      Pasadena, TX - One of the Finest Cities in Texas

      If you are ever in the area, make it a point to stop in Pasadena, Texas. Pasadena is a large city and is a suburb of Houston, Texas. Pasadena is located only about 20-30 minutes by car from Houston. Although the city is widely known for its industries, it also a great place to visit or live.

      A leading cultural center, Pasadena has a Philharmonic Orchestra and several museums within its limits. One thing I find particularly interesting is the Armand Bayou Nature Center. Any trip to Pasadena in the Spring should include attending the annual Strawberry Festival.

      There are several shopping centers and malls in Pasadena, with the Houston Galleria within reasonable driving distance. There are many great restaurants where you can choose from fine dining to down-home favorites. If nightlife is important, Pasadena won't be disappointing. The Rockin' Rodeo and Ocean Club is my favorite place to go because it has two different clubs in one place, a country music side and a pop music side, so it's the best of both worlds.

      Pasadena is an exciting city that has many things to do and see. With fine dining, shopping, cultural events, attractions and nightlife offerings, Pasadena is unsurpassed in offering something for everybody.
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      Source: The Pasadena, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).