Pasadena, Texas Population 2020

151,891

Pasadena is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 151,891, it is the 20th largest city in Texas and the 175th largest city in the United States. Pasadena is currently declining at a rate of -0.44% annually but its population has increased by 1.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 149,043 in 2010. Pasadena reached it's highest population of 154,632 in 2016. Spanning over 45 miles, Pasadena has a population density of 3,485 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pasadena is $69,394 with a poverty rate of 17.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $917 per month, and the median house value is $117,400. The median age in Pasadena is 31.3 years, 30.5 years for males, and 32.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.5 males.

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: 87.44%
  • Other race: 4.92%
  • Black or African American: 2.63%
  • Two or more races: 2.18%
  • Asian: 1.70%
  • Native American: 1.07%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Pasadena, Texas is 151,891, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 153,219.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 149,043.

Pasadena, Texas Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White134,83487.44%
Some Other Race7,5794.92%
Black or African American4,0502.63%
Two or More Races3,3622.18%
Asian2,6251.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,6531.07%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander900.06%

Pasadena Population Pyramid 2020

Pasadena Median Age

31.3


Total

30.5


Male

32.1


Female

Pasadena Adults

There are 108,249 adults, (14,582 of whom are seniors) in Pasadena.

Pasadena Age Dependency

64.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Pasadena Sex Ratio

Female

76,540

49.64%

Male

77,653

50.36%

Pasadena Households and Families

Pasadena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Pasadena Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.1%30.9%
All52.9%47.1%
Male41.1%58.9%
Non Family37.7%62.3%
Female35.1%64.9%

52.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,7243.1552.9
Married23,9383.8569.1
Non Family13,1551.2837.7
Female7,9533.8835.1
Male3,6783.6741.1

3.73

Average Family Size

3.15

Average Household Size

5.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Pasadena Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,98815.16%
9th to 12th Grade12,26613.30%
High School Graduate28,49330.89%
Some College18,34819.89%
Associates Degree6,0626.57%
Bachelors Degree8,9969.75%
Graduate Degree4,0904.43%

Pasadena Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic56,25233,8503,814
White30,38727,3307,483
Other Race4,5312,618342
Black2,1461,837251
Asian2,0591,6911,055
Multiple Races1,7731,452315
Native American867617115
Islander432312

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.94%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 51.24%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,460$41,040$24,459
Less Than High School$25,493$31,235$14,639
High School Grad$32,004$40,528$22,002
Some College$36,480$47,317$27,500
Bachelors Degree$54,288$61,919$51,006
Graduate Degree$68,235$93,606$58,175

$33,460

Average Earnings

$41,040

Average Male

$24,459

Average Female

Pasadena Language

Pasadena Language by Age

Pasadena Language

55.88% of Pasadena residents speak only English, while 44.12% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 41.95% of the population.

Pasadena Poverty

Pasadena Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic105,70320,71419.60%
White38,9334,39311.28%
Black3,8601,30233.73%
Other7,5721,21516.05%
Multiple3,32650515.18%
Asian2,61145217.31%
Native1,64335221.42%
Islander901314.44%

17.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.52%

Male Poverty Rate

19.88%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pasadena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pasadena is Black, with 33.73% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pasadena is White, with 11.28% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.25%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.91%
High School13.11%
Some College9.20%
Bachelors or Greater5.22%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed34.06%
Male Unemployed19.05%
Female Employed10.07%
Male Employed7.72%

Pasadena Income

Pasadena Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,331$69,394
Families$60,072$75,758
Married Families$71,583$89,838
Non Families$34,159$47,203

Pasadena Marital Status

Pasadena Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.2%

Male Marriage Rate

44.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Pasadena Married by Age and Sex

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

Pasadena Veterans

5,661

Number of Veterans

5,268

Male Veterans

393

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,159
Second Gulf War1,367
First Gulf War702
Korea521
World War II183
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,361
55 to 641,155
35 to 541,128
75+1,032
18 to 34985
Name Veterans % of Total
White5,1845.48%
Hispanic1,5172.22%
2 or More2049.71%
Black1284.97%
Other751.40%
Asian391.75%
Indian191.58%
Hawaiian1218.18%

$Pasadena Veterans by Education

6.84%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.42%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pasadena Employment Status

65.6%

Labor Force Participation

59.9%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Pasadena Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

59.77%

Born in Texas

73.94%

Native Born

26.06%

Foreign Born

17.63%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

73.94% of Pasadena residents were born in the United States, with 59.77% having been born in Texas. 17.63% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020151,891-664-0.44%
2019152,555-664-0.43%
2018153,219-749-0.49%
2017153,968-664-0.43%
2016154,63280.01%
2015154,6241150.07%
2014154,5099290.60%
2013153,5808900.58%
2012152,6901,5311.01%
2011151,1591,6301.09%
2010149,5297,8550.54%
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%