The city of Pasadena, CA

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About The City of Pasadena, CA

Like most of America, Pasadena, California, was inhabited by a Native American tribe called the Hahamogna. They lived in small villages in the Arroyo Seco canyon and made their way of life off local wildlife and plants.

When the Spanish came to this area in 1771, they established the San Gabriel Mission. Native Americans were converted and helped the Spanish by providing labor. The land was hearty and many orchards provided for the Spanish crown until 1833 when California fell into Mexico’s control and gave the San Gabriel Mission land to individuals.

Several notable families lived in what would become Pasadena, including Colonel Manuel Garfias, son of a distinguished Mexican family.

In 1850 California became a state in the union.

With the growth in the area with paved streets, a sewer system, and outside electrical lights, Pasadena was incorporated, and in 1901, it became a charter city with an elected mayor.

The city also welcomed growth from immigrants from China and Mexico and included black families who settled in the area.

In 1913 some of the best-known architects resided in Pasadena and helped Pasadena be known for its fine architecture.

Though the city has seen some downtimes now, the city is striving to make a strong community that welcomes education, and a deselect for the beautiful architecture of its past as Pasadena pushed for major revitalization in Old Pasadena in the 80s and has since shown excellent results.

Now the city has claims to fame from education to art to entertainment. Pasadena has come a long way but is genuinely an American tale of inspiration and has worked its way into the minds across the country.

Age and Household Statistics in Pasadena

Male Population: 68,426
Female Population: 73,591
Pasadena Population: 142,017

Median Age: 38 years old
Under 5 years old: approx. 8,500
Under 18 years old: approx. 25,500
Residents 65 or older: approx. 22,800
Total Households: 56,718
Average People Per Household: 2.44
Home Ownership Rate: 42%

Marital Status Statistics

Never Married: 48,962
Married: 53,863
Separated: 1,950
Widowed: 6,565
Divorced: 10,969

Racial Statistics (percentages) in Pasadena

White: 45%
Black or African American: 7.8%
American Indian/Native American: 0.4%
Asian: 17.9%
Two or More Races:: 10%
Hispanic or Latino: 36.1%

Income Statistics in Pasadena

Average Household Income: $122,053
Median Household Income: $85,129
People below Poverty Level: 19,321

Blue Collar Positions: 6,480
White Collar Positions: 68,295

Education Level in Pasadena

No High School: 7,534
Some High School: 22,175
Some College: 23,320
Associate Degree: 7,311
Bachelor’s Degree: 31,457
Graduate Degree: 26,814

  • Pasadena is known as the City Of Roses. It is home to the Rose Bowl Stadium and holds the Tournament Of Roses Parade every year on New Year’s Day, the same day as the iconic Rose Bowl (with the exception if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday. Then the parade and game are typically held on that Monday, as is the case in 2022.)
  • Pasadena is home to the very first cheeseburger. Fry cook Lionel Sternberg created the first cheeseburger in 1926 at his father’s restaurant, The Rite Spot.
  • In 1950, parrots were released in the city, and now these colorful birds are frequently seen throughout the city.
  • Pasadena is home to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Here scientists created deep space probes Voyager I and Voyager II, as well as Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
  • With a population of 140,000 residents, the city is home to almost 600 restaurants!
  • Many TV shows and movies are shot or based in the city. Shows like The Big Bang Theory (2007-2019), Why Women Kill (2019-2021), Life With Lucy (1986), Dog with A Blog (2012-2014), and Pasadena (2001) were based in the city.

Mild, year-round Mediterranean climate: 
76 F | 24 C average daytime
54 F | 12 C average nighttime

The summers are typically short. They feel warm and are particularly arid. The winters are long and feel wet and cool.

The warmest season is from the end of June until mid-September, with an average of 84F on the hottest days.

The coolest season is from mid-November until mid-March. The average temperature in the cool time is a little below 70F.

It doesn’t rain much in Pasadena, but the six-month stretch between October and April shows about 31 days. And the opposite from April to October started a “rainless” period with no expectation of rainfall.

Pasadena, CA Points of Interest

Rose Bowl Stadium (H4)

The Rose Bowl stadium is the home field of the UCLA Bruins football team; It has also hosted five Super Bowls and a number of BCS National Championship games.

The 1984 Summer Olympics, the final game of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and the final game of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup were held at the Rose Bowl.

Rose Bowl Flea Market (H4)

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is a significant swap meet that actually took place on the grounds of the Rose Bowl and attracts tens of thousands of shoppers.

Vintage apparel, California pottery, and old-world antiquities are among the items on display. Since 1967, the flea market has been held on the second Sunday of each month.

Old Town Pasadena (H4)

One of Southern California’s most popular shopping and entertainment destinations, Old Town Pasadena covers 21 blocks downtown. It has a wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs, outdoor cafés, comedy clubs, and shops.
The Paseo Colorado is an upscale outdoor mall designed to be a modern village covering three city blocks. It has stores like Bath and Body Works,
The Good Feet Store, Darbini Jewelry, and The Pasadena Antique Mall. It also has restaurants such as Rubio’s, Tokyo Wako, El Cholo Cafe, and The Yard House.

Pasadena Playhouse (H4)

Many TV and movie stars got their start on the stage of the Pasadena Playhouse.

Some of those actors are George “Superman” Reeves, Raymond “Perry Mason” Burr, Nick Nolte, Sally Struthers, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, and Angela Bassett.

Ice House Comedy Club (H4)

The Ice House has hosted comedy legends such as George Carlin, Robin Williams, Bill Maher, Paul Rodriguez, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Arsenio Hall, and Roseanne Barr.
The Ice House is one of the oldest continuously running comedy clubs.

Wrigley Gardens (H4)

Wrigley Gardens can be found at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena.

The Wrigley Gardens include the arbor/rose garden, the fountain gardens, two areas located on Orange Grove Boulevard, and the terraces leading up to the front of the Tournament House.

The Wrigley’s home was offered to the city of Pasadena in 1958 after Mrs. Wrigley passed away, under the condition that it would become the Rose Parade’s permanent headquarters.

Gamble House (H4)

The house was built in 1908 and was designed by the architecture firm Greene and Greene. It was built for David Gamble, son of James Gamble, the Proctor and Gamble founder.

In 1966 the house was given to the city of Pasadena in an agreement with the University Of Southern California School of Architecture. In 1977 the home was declared a national historic landmark.