South Pasadena, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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South Pasadena, California - Basic Facts

The City of South Pasadena had a population of 26,214 as of July 1, 2018. South Pasadena ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Pasadena is located at latitude 34.109 and longitude -118.1566 in Los Angeles County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Pasadena (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Los Angeles County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 659 feet.

The City of South Pasadena (GNIS ID: 2411940) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of South Pasadena is located within Pasadena CCD of Los Angeles County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Pasadena population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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South Pasadena, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 26,214
Population in Households 26,046
Population in Familes 20,892
Population in Group Qrtrs 168
Population Density2 7,698
Diversity Index3 75


Median Household Income $96,247
Average Household Income $141,552
Per Capita Income $56,997


Total Housing Units 11,291 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,555 (40.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,950 (52.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 786 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $1,117,962
Average Home Value $1,198,502


Total Households 10,505
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 6,677
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.28% 0.2%
Households 0.04% 0.06%
Families 0.11% 0.14%
Median Household Income   3.44%
Per Capita Income   3.45%

South Pasadena, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Pasadena to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 291 81st
Population Density # 115 92nd
Diversity Index # 525 65th
Median Household Income # 243 84th
Per Capita Income # 171 89th

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