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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Altadena is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 45,146. Altadena is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Altadena offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Altadena there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Altadena and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Altadena are above average.
About Altadena...
Population
45,146

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$692,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,602
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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Altadena Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Altadena

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$94,507
National
$55,322
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Living across Los Angeles, I have found a place to call home. For the past 6 years of my life, I have grown to not only love, but truly appreciate the authenticity and beauty in Altadena. Specifically, I cherish how diversity and expression is celebrated with open arms. The diversity of people, businesses, homes, and cultures is fascinating. Cities and towns among Los Angeles County are divided, all easily identifiable by societal characteristics. Altadena's extraordinary mixture of financial, racial, religious, and career backgrounds brings a true sense of community and home. Driving down a single street, you cannot miss the diversity simply by seeing the mixture of large and local businesses. On one corner, you see a drum circle outside the African Thrift Store, while on another corner, you see a group dancing to Stevie Wonder beside a local food truck. I love Altadena most in the summer, when everyone gathers at the local park once a week to eat, drink, and dance to live music.
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I love living in Altadena, California. It is located near the mountains and has so much beautiful wildlife surrounding the area. The atmosphere is quiet and serene. Our neighbors are all very friendly and community oriented. It feels safe to walk my dog in our neighborhood. All the homes are historic and charming, adding to the beautiful backdrop of the mountains. There are so many lush plants and trees, thriving with birds and sweet smells. I feel at home in Altadena and thankful for the serenity it provides. There are several independent retail shops and restaurants that are great if you enjoy supporting small businesses. I like that Altadena feels far away from the hustle and bustle of the "big city", but is really only 20 minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles. Altadena has a wonderful public library, several public parks, and is a great entrance for hikers. I truly love Altadena and am happy to call it home!
I think Altadena is popular among people who want a quiet neighborhood and that find the city too expensive. Altadena is one of the few places that you can find affordable housing but it has gone up in recent years.

The schools in Altadena are part of PUSD, which are Pasadena schools. Altarena public schools are poor and it is reflected in stats and student behavior. Pasadena’s only middle school in Altadena is made up of heavily the low-class and immigrants. I did not like the school when I was a student there. It was the most depressing couple of years of my life. I too out like a sore thumb because I was part of a handful of students with academic integrity and self-discipline. You will find about 10 kids in each grade who behave, have academic I eternity, and are polite.