Pasadena, Texas Population 2021

148,215
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Pasadena is a city located in Harris County Texas. With a 2020 population of 148,215, it is the 21st largest city in Texas and the 179th largest city in the United States . Pasadena is currently declining at a rate of -1.01% annually and its population has decreased by -0.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 149,043 in 2010. Pasadena reached it's highest population of 154,530 in 2015. Spanning over 45 miles, Pasadena has a population density of 3,401 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pasadena is $71,809 with a poverty rate of 17.00%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $963 per month, and the median house value is $124,200. The median age in Pasadena is 31.6 years, 30.9 years for males, and 32.4 years for females.

Pasadena is located in Harris County, Texas as part of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. Named for Pasadena, California, it's the second largest city in Harris County, and the seventeenth most populous overall in the state of Texas.

Diversity

Pasadena is a Hispanic-majority city. According to a new Pew Research study (https://patch.com/texas/houstonheights/houstons-undocumented-immigrant-population-tops-575-000-pew-research), it's estimated that there are 1 million undocumented immigrants in Texas with almost 600,000 of them in the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area, including Pasadena.

Population Growth

Post World War II, Pasadena saw a huge growth in population of just over 20%, from 3,436 in 1940 to 22,483. 1960 saw this rise to 58,737, and this only continued to rise. 50 years later, in 1990, Pasadena saw a more than 3,000% increase from 3,436 to 119,363. After another boom of over 22,000 people in the 2000s, growth has started to slow, and since 2014 has had a year on year decline.

Prior to Europeans settling on the area near Galveston Bay, various native tribes like the Akokisa had inhabited it. Following the declaration of Mexican independence from Spain, Mexico offered land grants to settlers from both Mexico and the United States in order to colonize Texas, its northernmost territory. This brought in a rapid wave of settlement around the Galveston Bay area.

After a coup in the Mexican government in 1835, Texas revolted against Mexico. The last battle of the Texas Revolution took place in 1836, near modern-day Pasadena. Due to this being the final conflict leading to the Mexican surrender, Pasadena has adopted the nickname the “Birthplace of Texas.”

The year 1900 saw The Great Galveston hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster in United States history at the time, bring heavy damage to Pasadena, and destroying Galveston completely. Many Galveston refugees moved to Pasadena, and amongst the vast donations from the newly created Red Cross were millions of strawberry plants, leading to Pasadena becoming a major producer of fruit.

The following year saw the beginning of the Texas Oil Boom, and the discovery of an oil field in nearby Goose Creek. This lead to ever petroleum exploration around the area, and by 1917 to 1920, refinery operations had made their way to Pasadena. The onset of World Wars I and II helped spur increased industrial development in the region, and Pasadena surpassed even Houston in terms of growth rate.

Pasadena voted in 1923 to incorporate, however in the following year residents decided to cancel the process. It was not until 5 years later in 1928 that Pasadena finally did incorporate, and as a result of this was not incorporated into Houston when it annexed surrounded unincorporated areas.

Pasadena Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Pasadena was:

  • White: 89.10%
  • Other race: 3.04%
  • Black or African American: 2.55%
  • Two or more races: 2.25%
  • Asian: 1.99%
  • Native American: 1.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Pasadena, Texas is 148,215 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 152,733.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 149,043.

Pasadena, Texas Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White136,63889.10%
Some Other Race4,6653.04%
Black or African American3,9082.55%
Two or More Races3,4492.25%
Asian3,0561.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,6011.04%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander330.02%
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Pasadena Population by Race

Pasadena Population Pyramid $2021

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Pasadena Median Age

31.6


Total

30.9


Male

32.4


Female

Pasadena Adults

There are 107,676 adults, (15,324 of whom are seniors) in Pasadena.

Pasadena Age Dependency

66

Age Dependency Ratio

16.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Pasadena Sex Ratio

Female

76,553

49.92%

Male

76,797

50.08%

Pasadena Population by Age

Pasadena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Pasadena Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68.1%31.9%
All53.5%46.5%
Male45.5%54.5%
Non Family38.4%61.6%
Female36.6%63.4%

53.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Pasadena Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,0193.1753.5
Married24,0813.8668.1
Non Family12,4171.2738.4
Female7,8493.8736.6
Male3,6723.645.5

3.74

Average Family Size

3.17

Average Household Size

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Pasadena Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,72414.95%
9th to 12th Grade11,78112.84%
High School Graduate29,58632.23%
Some College17,26418.81%
Associates Degree6,2216.78%
Bachelors Degree9,0619.87%
Graduate Degree4,1494.52%
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Pasadena Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Pasadena Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic57,25335,2814,186
White28,73325,9796,980
Other Race2,9271,714178
Asian2,5522,1661,372
Black2,1531,869327
2+ Races1,6931,403290
Native American850649149
Islander271919

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 90.42%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 70.37%.

Pasadena Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,178$42,864$24,467
Less Than 9th Grade$26,027$31,793$14,886
High School Graduate$32,417$41,934$21,983
Some College$37,737$50,500$27,031
Bachelors Degree$55,429$65,820$51,382
Graduate Degree$72,838$91,875$63,214

$35,178

Average Earnings

$42,864

Average Male

$24,467

Average Female

Pasadena Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pasadena Language by Age

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Pasadena Language

56.40% of Pasadena residents speak only English, while 43.60% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 41.40% of the population.

Pasadena Language

Pasadena Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic107,57720,25318.83%
White36,2943,73110.28%
Black3,7071,25033.72%
Other4,66160613.00%
Multiple3,42044713.07%
Asian3,04842213.85%
Native1,60139124.42%

17.00%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.02%

Male Poverty Rate

18.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pasadena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pasadena is Black, with 33.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pasadena is White, with 10.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.03%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.70%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.89%.

Pasadena Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.68%
High School13.08%
Some College8.03%
Bachelors or Greater5.60%

Pasadena Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed34.17%
Male Unemployed17.23%
Female Employed10.43%
Male Employed7.23%

Pasadena Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pasadena Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,039$71,809
Families$62,519$78,631
Married Families$75,119$92,086
Non Families$35,300$47,447
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Income by Household Type

Pasadena Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.7%

Male Marriage Rate

44.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Pasadena Married by Age and Sex

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Pasadena Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Pasadena Marital Status by Race

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Pasadena Marital Status

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5,265

Number of Veterans

4,777

Male Veterans

488

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,960
Second Gulf War1,425
First Gulf War639
Korea417
World War II127

Pasadena Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,333
75+1,067
35 to 54980
18 to 34969
55 to 64916

Pasadena Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,7884.99%
Hispanic1,4282.05%
2+ Races1728.74%
Black1606.13%
Other Race772.28%
Native American262.38%
Asian230.87%
Islander1957.58%

Pasadena Veterans by Race

Pasadena Veterans by Education

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6.54%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.60%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pasadena Veterans by Education

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65.3%

Labor Force Participation

59.2%

Employment Rate

9.4%

Unemployment Rate

Pasadena Employment by Age

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Pasadena Employment by Race

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Pasadena Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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59.47%

Born in Pasadena

73.39%

Native Born

26.61%

Foreign Born

18.02%

Non Citizen

8.59%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.39% of Pasadena residents were born in the United States, with 59.47% having been born in Texas. 18.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Pasadena Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021148,215-1,506-1.01%
2020149,721-1,506-1.00%
2019151,227-1,506-0.99%
2018152,733-1,125-0.73%
2017153,858-667-0.43%
2016154,525-5-0.00%
2015154,530830.05%
2014154,4479150.60%
2013153,5328700.57%
2012152,6621,5061.00%
2011151,1561,6331.09%
2010149,5237,8490.54%
2000141,67422,3111.73%
1990119,3636,8030.59%
1980112,56022,6032.27%
197089,95731,2204.35%
196058,73736,25410.08%
195022,48319,04720.66%
19403,4360.00%

Pasadena Population by Year