Pasadena is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. It’s 11 miles northeast of downtown LA and in the San Gabriel Valley, with its main cultural center being Pasadena. Observers consider it either a suburb of nearby LA or an urbanized area. The population of Pasadena is 138,699 according to the 2020 census. It’s currently the 44th largest city in California and ninth-largest in Los Angeles County. Pasadena has a Mediterranean climate with hotter summers and slightly cooler winters than nearby coastal areas.
Pasadena became a city in 1886, and was one of the first cities to be incorporated into what is now Los Angeles County. The racial makeup of Pasadena is 55.8% White, 10.7% African American, 0.6% Native American, 14.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 13.6% from other races, and 4.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race numbered 33.7%. Non-Hispanic whites are 38.8% of the population.
According to their 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in Pasadena are: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Unified School District, City of Pasadena, Bank of America, Art Center College of Design, Hathaway-Sycamores, Western Asset, The Langham Huntington Hotel, Parsons, AT&T, Rusnak Pasadena, Pacific Clinics Administration, and Avon Products.
Old Town Pasadena spans a total of 21 blocks in downtown. You can do many things here, from shopping and dining to attending comedy clubs and nightclubs. Pasadena is well-known for hosting the famous annual Rose Bowl football game and its Parade of Roses. The Rose Bowl Flea Market is a swap meet that includes thousands of dealers and tens of thousands of visitors around the Rose Bowl grounds.
Pasadena has several art museums and public galleries, which includes the Norton Simon Museum. Preserving and sharing Pasadena’s rich history and culture and its adjacent communities is the Pasadena Museum of History. The Pacific Asia Museum features art from Asia’s many countries and cultures. The Pasadena Museum of California Art has changing exhibitions by historical and contemporary Californian artists. The Armory Center for the Arts hosts an extensive exhibition program, serves as a center for art education to all ages, and offers exhibitions at its Williamson Gallery. Art Center College of Design exhibits student artwork in their Williamson Gallery shows professional work every year through their artist-in-residence program. Finally, Pasadena City College has an art gallery that is open to show work by students and faculty alongside professionals who are part of the annual artist-in-residency programs there. The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, contains galleries for paintings as well as sculpture. Next door is the innovative Kidspace Children’s Museum in Brookside Park.
Notable institutions of learning in Pasadena include California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Fuller Theological Seminary, The Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Pacific Oaks College, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music, Pasadena City College, and University of the People.