Renters’ Guide to Pasadena
On the outskirts of the San Gabriel Valley sits Pasadena, a sunny, safe haven for hikers and bikers to call home. Although surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, Pasadena is where California sheds the beach culture in favor of an upbeat city setting that’s perfect for creative college graduate. In recognition of this diverse, all-inclusive atmosphere, Pasadena was recently honored as the Best Arts Town by the Sunset Travel Awards.
Pasadena is the ninth biggest city in Los Angeles County. Pasadena is roughly 22 times smaller than Los Angeles, but about twice as big as Santa Monica. There’s plenty of local city attractions to keep you happily entertained, but if you enjoy road trips, then Pasadena, CA is about 11 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and 35 miles northwest of Disneyland.
Like much of the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena’s climate is very warm all year, even by Californian standards. As for getting used to the Pasadena, CA weather, here’s a quick tip: the further east you drive (towards the inland), the warmer it gets. Spring averages 51°F, and it usually rains throughout March. Summer are very hot, averaging 72°F, and marking the beginning of the dry season. Falls are usually 59°F on average with pleasantly cool nights. Winter averages 44°F and can become occasionally rainy during some years.
Pasadena, CA Demographics
- Total Population139,899
Female 68,746Male 71,153
- Median Age37.3
Cost of Living in Pasadena, CA
Pasadena Transit handles 10 major bus routes throughout the city. A regular bus fare in Pasadena is $0.75, with kids riding for $0.50, and seniors and the disabled riding for $0.35. Dial-A-Ride is an alternative option that’s available for locals 60 years’ old or over, as well as for the disabled. Most people in Pasadena travel by car, and the average commute time in Pasadena is 26 minutes—a full minute longer than the national average.
The cost of living in Pasadena is moderately higher than other places in the United States. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is $2.00 more than the national average at $15.00, a dozen eggs costs $0.48 more at $3.00, and a loaf of bread costs nearly $0.70 more at $3.00, too. However, basic monthly utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment in Pasadena costs slightly less at $141.32, as opposed to the national average of $148.88.
Average Rent in Pasadena, CA
- Pasadena, CA Average Rental Price, December 2017$2,341/mo
- 1 Bedroom$2,180
- 2 Bedrooms$2,747
Pasadena, CA Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,00076%
Pasadena, CA Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Jan / 2017||$2,326||$1,862||$2,230||$2,701|
|Sept / 2016||$2,350||$1,858||$2,213||$2,692|
|May / 2016||$2,291||$1,805||$2,147||$2,685|
|Jan / 2016||$2,267||$1,805||$2,169||$2,604|
|Sept / 2015||$2,199||$1,821||$2,076||$2,571|
|May / 2015||$2,114||$1,634||$1,955||$2,532|
|Jan / 2015||$2,102||$1,646||$1,920||$2,565|
|Sept / 2014||$2,039||$1,557||$1,950||$2,503|
|May / 2014||$2,004||$1,565||$1,870||$2,446|
Average rent is projected to grow by 5% in 2017 compared to 2016.
Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.
Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 911019110391104911059110691107
Living in Pasadena, CA
Of course, living in Pasadena has its pros and cons. A laid-back atmosphere, beautiful mountain scenery and a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds lends an excellent cultural balance to the area. However, if you are sensitive to pollution, then poor air quality and regular traffic congestion are two reasons why you shouldn’t move to Pasadena, CA.
Things to Do in Pasadena
Pasadena has an excellent array of city attractions & points of interest to choose from. Visiting the Academy Cinemas, IPIC theatres, and St. Andrews Church are just three of the top things to do in Pasadena. The best restaurants in Pasadena include the Daisey Mint restaurant (for delicious Thai fusion), Stonefire Grill, Cameron’s Seafood, Lucky Boy (gourmet burgers and burritos), La Grande Orange Café (one of the many family friendly things to do in Pasadena), and the Union Restaurant, a trendy gastropub. For when you don’t feel like trying something new, Pasadena also has all of the traditional chains you love to shop and eat at.
For free things to do with kids, Garfield Park is one of the most beautiful places in Pasadena to visit, with tennis courts, a walking trail, gardens, and a playground. For annual events, the Rose Bowl stadium is where the UCLA Bruins play their home games for well over 30 years, and the festivities at the Rose Bowl Parade commences every New Year’s Day.
Employment and Economy
Pasadena, CA provides an abundance of stable employment opportunities in the form of management, sales, office jobs, construction, and production and transportation positions. Disney Stores, Forza Silicon, and OpenX Technologies are all headquartered in Pasadena, California.
Pasadena, CA Households
- Total Number of Households54,536
Family 30,760Non-family 23,776
Children 14,078No Children 40,458
- Average People Per Household2.49
- Median Household Income$72,402
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,571
Education in Pasadena
Colleges in Pasadena, CA include the nonprofit Art Center College of Design Pasadena, the Pasadena City College (a community college with over 30,000 students each semester), and the historic Ambassador College. As for younger students, the Pasadena High School has recently received special grants for dance training and graphing, and the La Salle High School has been providing premiere private education for years.
Pasadena, CA Education Statistics
- No High School7%
- Some High School20%
- Some College20%
- Associate Degree7%
- Bachelor Degree25%
- Graduate Degree21%
Tips for Renting in Pasadena
If you are renting in Pasadena, your rent cannot be increased unless it specifically states otherwise in the lease. If you are on a month-to-month basis, however, then the landlord can increase your rent, but not without giving you a notice in writing first. They must notify you 30 days in advance if the increase is less than 10 percent, and 60 days in advance if the rent is greater than 10 percent.
If you are moving to Pasadena from Los Angeles, be prepared for roughly the same commute times and an even hotter summer. Likewise, if you are moving to Pasadena from the beach (whichever one it may be), say “goodbye” to the ocean breeze and “hello” to some of the hottest summers you’ve ever experienced!
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