Pasadena, Texas Population 2023

152,823

Pasadena is a city located in Harris County Texas. With a 2023 population of 152,823, it is the 21st largest city in Texas and the 184th largest city in the United States.Pasadena is currently growing at a rate of 0.19% annually and its population has increased by 0.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 151,950 in 2020. Spanning over 45 miles, Pasadena has a population density of 3,506 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pasadena is $71,809 with a poverty rate of 23.98%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Pasadena is 31.2 years, 30.6 years for males, and 31.8 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: 79.28%
  • Two or more races: 11.68%
  • Other race: 4.08%
  • Black or African American: 2.53%
  • Asian: 1.65%
  • Native American: 0.77%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Pasadena, Texas is 152,823 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 151,950.

Pasadena, Texas Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Pasadena Population by Race

Pasadena Population Pyramid 2023

Pasadena Median Age

31.2

Total

30.6

Male

31.8

Female

Pasadena Adults

There are 106,740 adults, (14,659 of whom are seniors) in Pasadena.

Pasadena Age Dependency

65.7

Age Dependency Ratio

15.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Pasadena Sex Ratio

Female76,67850.27%
Male75,85949.73%

Pasadena Population by Age

Pasadena Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.66

Average Family Size

3.15

Average Household Size

52.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Pasadena Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Pasadena Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Pasadena Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 79.96%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 56.52%.

Pasadena Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$35,308

Average Earnings

$43,227

Average Male

$25,528

Average Female

Pasadena Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pasadena Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Pasadena Language

54.47% of Pasadena residents speak only English, while 45.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 43.64% of the population.

Pasadena Language

Pasadena Poverty by Race

rate

23.98%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.92%

Male Poverty Rate

20.28%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pasadena

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pasadena is Black, with 49.54% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pasadena is White, with 11.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.43%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.81%.

Pasadena Poverty

Pasadena Poverty Rate by Education

Pasadena Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pasadena Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Pasadena Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.4%

Male Marriage Rate

45.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Pasadena Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Pasadena Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,479

Number of Veterans

4,010

Male Veterans

469

Female Veterans

Pasadena Veterans by War

Pasadena Veterans by Age

count

Pasadena Veterans by Race

Pasadena Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.29%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.07%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pasadena Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66.7%

Labor Force Participation

60.2%

Employment Rate

9.8%

Unemployment Rate

Pasadena Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Pasadena Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Pasadena Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

60.13%

Born in Pasadena

73.9%

Native Born

26.49%

Foreign Born

17.49%

Non Citizen

9%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.9% of Pasadena residents were born in the United States, with 60.13% having been born in Texas. 17.49% 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

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Pasadena Population by Year