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A+ Pasadena Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Pasadena Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Texas
Pasadena
8713% less expensive than the US average
Texas
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Pasadena cost of living
D Pasadena Crime Total crime is 3% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,9126% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 356% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Pasadena crime
D- Pasadena Employment Household income is 11% lower than Texas
Median household income
$48,60712% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,69227% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%36% higher than the US average
Pasadena employment
A Pasadena Housing Home value is 27% lower than Texas
Median home value
$104,50043% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83412% lower than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
Pasadena real estate or Pasadena rentals
B- Pasadena Schools HS graduation rate is 16% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
66%21% lower than the US average
School test scores
69%41% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:16% higher than the US average
Pasadena K-12 schools or Pasadena colleges

Living in Pasadena, TX

Located in the state of Texas, Pasadena is a medium-sized city with a population of 153,286 people. Pasadena has a population density of 3,514 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Pasadena is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Pasadena are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 41% of the population also speak Spanish. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Pasadena residents is 31.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Pasadena, Texas could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Pasadena and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, weather, education, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Texas and national averages.

Pasadena has a livability score of 83/100 and is ranked #210 in Texas and #763 in the USA. This is a great score, as Pasadena ranks well in multiple categories! Pasadena is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Pasadena has received high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+), weather (A-), education (B-) and housing (A). On a less positive note, Pasadena does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (D) and employment (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Pasadena on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Pasadena: Armand Bayou Nature Center, Pasadena Historical Museum, and iT'Z Pasadena.

Knowing that the Pasadena schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 69%, which is far higher than the national average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Pasadena apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Pasadena real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Pasadena. The median home price for Pasadena homes is $104,500, which is 26.8% lower than the Texas 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 2.2, which is 15.4% lower than the Texas 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 Pasadena will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Pasadena, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.9%.

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Compare Pasadena, TX Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Pasadena, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pasadina, Houston845143,203
Midtown, Houston8110.56,409
Greater Heights, Houston7913.957,943
East End, Houston76787,359
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rice Military, Houston7512.523,452
North, Houston7513.8119,685
Southeast, Houston736.5261,757
Montrose, Houston7311.935,723

Best Cities Near Pasadena, TX

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Seabrook, TX9614.113,038
Taylor Lake Village, TX9512.23,662
League City, TX931594,976
Cinco Ranch, TX9333.317,605
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
El Lago, TX9212.82,778
Deer Park, TX925.633,517
Sugar Land, TX9126.185,681
Friendswood, TX9112.738,272
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Not Great, But You Can Make a Life For Yourself Here

Attractions6/10
Community1/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining1/10
Shopping7/10
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

Attractions2/10
Community2/10
Nightlife2/10
Dining2/10
Shopping2/10
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

Attractions7/10
Community7/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping5/10
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.

Attractions5/10
Community5/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining5/10
Shopping6/10
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

Attractions3/10
Community3/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping3/10
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

Attractions10/10
Community9/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
Shopping9/10
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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