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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
South Pasadena is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 25,974. South Pasadena is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in South Pasadena offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Pasadena there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in South Pasadena and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in South Pasadena are highly rated.
About South Pasadena...
Population
25,974

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$928,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,556
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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South Pasadena Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    23.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    34.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,213.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    227.3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in South Pasadena

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$92,756
National
$55,322
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South Pasadena Reviews

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What I like about South Pasadena is the convenience. For a small town, this place offers nearby schools, grocery stores, and public transportation. I also like the safety that this town provides for families with or without kids. I give South Pasadena a 4-star overall rating due to the living cost or rent. It is, however, expected to be high and increasing from time to time due to the convenience of getting from one place to another via walking or public transportation and the good schools. I believe South Pasadena does deserve at least 4 stars because it has and still allows me to attend the community college I go to East Los Angeles College for school via. This town is pretty safe as well that at least I can just go out either for a walk or to transport to places with convenience and not feel like I'm putting myself in dangerous situations.
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As with all Los Angeles skirt neighborhoods, finding an affordable rental unit that is in pristine condition or cared for my landlords is unheard of. South Pasadena is among a handful of neighborhoods that does not offer rent stabilized buildings. That means you landlord has the ability to raise rent above 30% and not provide routine maintenance. Rental properties in this area are more common to be operated by property management that allow their buildings to fall apart or allow their tenants to suffer mediocre conditions. While lots of these properties have charm and the neighborhood is quiet lavished to explore. Living in this area is becoming reckless. During the heavy rainy season you can expect 2 hour traffic delays off the 110 just heading into downtown los angeles due to highway flooding. If considering this neighborhood I would definitely considering working & taking your children to a nearby school district or using the light rail.
It has a small town feel; it IS a small town,very small! Yet it is minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. There are many tree-lined streets with modest houses from the 1930's, all beautifully maintained (probably due to high property values). The public schools are ranked near the top in Los Angeles. It feels safe; my boyfriend left his bass guitar on the sidewalk one night; and only realized it was missing when he was contacted by someone who took it home for safe-keeping. For over thirty years we have fought the proposed extension of the 710 freeway through the middle of our town, an almost unheard of victory. We are also home to large, thriving flocks of escaped pet store green parrots. Each evening they return to roost in the tall palm trees lining my street, and at sunrise their sleepy chatter suddenly becomes a glorious cacophony as they rise en masse to greet the day.