Editor’s note: The statistics in this article were updated and a breakdown table was added at the end for clarification.
Pasadena is known for its beautiful structures, thriving arts scene and its rich history. What is not widely known is the City’s poverty level.
By Vahe Simonyan
Sobering results emerged from the American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, for the 2012-2016 American Community Survey five year estimate.
All information below pertains to the Pasadena area.
– Owner vs Renter Occupied
Owner Occupied: 42.9%
Renter Occupied: 57.1%
– Average Monthly Rent
1-bedroom unit: $2,146
2-bedroom unit: $2,687
(12/2017 Rent Jungle)
– Gross Rent as a Percentage of Household Income (GRAPI)
HUD reports that households should only spend 30% of their adjusted income on housing, but 43.9% pay more than 35% of their household income towards rent:
Rent over 35% of household income: 43.9%
Rent over 30% of household income: 53.5%
– Pasadena Female Households in Poverty
Female Head of Household in Poverty: 25.1%
Women in Poverty: 17.2%
– By Ethnicity
African American households living in poverty:19.7%
Hispanic or Latino Origins Households living in poverty: 20.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native households living in poverty: 26.8%
Asian households living in poverty: 15.3%
Caucasian households living in poverty: 13.2%
– Pasadena Disabled Households in Poverty
Disabled households living in poverty: 25.6%
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Here’s the breakdown of the 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimate for Pasadena:
> Wafic Khalil contributed to this article.
[This article has been updated and a breakdown table was added, February 1st, 2018 9:45 p.m.]
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