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Overall Niche Grade
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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 25,974. 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 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
25,974

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$928,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,556
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
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
    42.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    73.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    397.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,388.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    227.6
    284

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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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.
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It is a very Family friendly and cultural focus small city. Everyone know everyone and that makes a very friendly neighborhood. The parks and the streets always clean and with lots of green. Beautiful big old houses with great old trees makes the streets peaceful and with beautiful colors and smells in spring and summer.
Also the school system is great, having blue ribbon elementary schools going all the way to middle and High school excellency. There are lots of great places to eat, shop and with night entertainment, completing the experience with art and music events.
You have great transportation with a metro station in the heart of South Pasadena, and by car you are minutes away from downtown and LA more eclectic life, with out having the hustle of the big city in you house.

So you have the best things of both worlds.
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.