Pasadena, California, Higher Education and City Facts

Pasadena, California, is a well-educated city in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Pasadena has a variety of public and private universities and colleges offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Keep reading to learn more about Pasadena's population, economy and school options.

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Information about Pasadena

Located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena, California, is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area. A relatively short drive from downtown L.A., the city retains its own blend of distinctive neighborhoods with tree-lined avenues, historic architecture and plentiful shops and restaurants. The population of Pasadena was 140,881 in 2014 U.S. census estimates. The city is ethnically diverse, with nearly 34% Hispanic, 11% African American and 14% Asian residents, according to 2010 census data.

Pasadena is known for hosting the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl college football game. Local parks include Griffith Park and the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, featuring picnic areas, fishing, tennis courts, playing fields and a military museum. Other attractions in the greater Los Angeles area include Hollywood and its Walk of Fame, downtown L.A.'s nightlife and the beachside neighborhoods of Venice and Santa Monica.

Higher Education

Pasadena is a well-educated city, with 49.1% of adult residents 25 years or older holding a bachelor's degree or higher, from 2010-2014. The city itself has 6 public and private non-profit colleges and universities, and 34 more schools can be found within 15 miles of Pasadena. The California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech, a well-known engineering and technology school, is located in Pasadena. Its undergraduate engineering program and graduate engineering school were both ranked 4th on U.S. News and World Report's list of top programs in 2016, while the university overall was listed as the 10th best among national universities in that same year.

The largest school in the city is Pasadena City College. This 2-year public college enrolls nearly 27,000 students in its certificate and associate's degree programs. Pacific Oaks College, Fuller Theological Seminary in California and Providence Christian College are smaller private, non-profit schools found in the city.

Students who venture just outside of Pasadena can find a number of options for post-educational study. Glendale Community College and California State University-Los Angeles are both within 6 miles of Pasadena, and East Los Angeles College is 8 miles away.

Economy and Employment

The median household income in Pasadena was $70,845 per year, which was above the California median of $61,489 per year, as reported in 2010-2014 census data. According to the city's website, top employers include One West Bank, the California Institute of Technology, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena City College, Bank of America, and East West Bank, among others.

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