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  1. Public Schools
    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
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
South Pasadena is a suburb of Los Angeles with a population of 25,824. 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 suburban mix 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
25,824

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$985,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,661
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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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
    62.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    42.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    367
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,694.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    148.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 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
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    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
$96,579
National
$55,322
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South Pasadena Reviews

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I love to take walks here because it is safe, the weather is fantastic, and there are so many trees! I love the cute shops on Mission and Fair Oak. Sometimes, the mansions here make you feel like you're walking in the Loire Valley.
I have heard that locals are slightly racist towards Latinx people. I have not noticed it, but I can believe it. The stories I have heard about include rude looks and demeaning remarks. Latinx students also are not encouraged to do well in school.
South Pasadena's property values are partially due to the public schools. They are safe, and the students here usually do very well academically. However, the schools do not look after students' mental health. The high school counseling department turns away students when they come with issues, and the academically competitive atmosphere is often very tense.
Overall, the stores and the vibe of the town are great, but you might have trouble with the social structure.
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I like South Pasadena very much, I have grown up here for practically my entire life and feel it is a welcoming place. However, I would like to see more diversity in terms of wealth. South Pasadena is a considerably expensive place to live. In fact, my family lives in an apartment because most of the houses here go for a minimum of one million dollars. In the future I would like to see more variation in the wealth of people that live in South Pasadena. Having people from different economic statuses and ethnicities add to what makes South Pasadena so special.
South Pasadena has been my home for fourteen years, and I am so grateful to have grown up in such an amazing community. This town is extremely appealing, family friendly and filled with afternoon activities. Some of these activities and places include three public parks with playgrounds, a golf course, skate park, dog park, a children's indoor playground, antique/thrift stores, restaurants, coffee shops, a Fourth of July Parade and a weekly Farmer's Market. South Pasadena is highly rated for its education system, and it has three Elementary Schools, a Middle School and a High School. Also known as the "City of Trees," South Pasadena is filled with life and culture, and I would never have wanted to grow up anywhere else.