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Overview

Introduction to Pasadena, Texas

Pasadena is a Texas city located about 14 miles southeast of Houston in Harris County. The city is serviced by several thoroughfares, including Texas State Highway 225 (known as the Pasadena Freeway), Interstate I-45, and the Sam Houston Tollway. Pasadena is bordered by Deer Park (to the east) and Jacinto City (to the north). The city is home to San Jacinto College, the University of Houston at Clear Lake and the Texas Chiropractic College.

Founded in 1893, Pasadena was named for Pasadena, California, due to its lush vegetation and the similarities in natural beauty between the two cities. The advent of the La Porte, Houston and Northern Railroad in 1894 opened the area for development as a farming community. After the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900, Clara Barton of the American Red Cross purchased over a million strawberry plants for Gulf Coast farmers, quickly establishing Pasadena as the strawberry capital of the region. Incorporated in 1928, Pasadena slowly transitioned from a farming economy to an industrial one. By the time of World War II, a major increase in the ship-channel industries solidified the transition in the city's economy. Employment in Pasadena today is still closely linked to the ship-channel industries as well as the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in adjacent Clear Lake.

Pasadena Attractions

Pasadena has several museums, including the Pasadena Historical Museum and the Bay Area Museum. The Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the largest urban wildlife and wilderness preserves in the nation. Pasadena also has a community theater, the Pasadena Little Theatre, which is one of the oldest continuously operating community theatres in the Houston area. The Pasadena Rodeo and Livestock Show is a yearly showcase event sanctioned by World Class Rodeo (WCR) which provides rodeo fans the opportunity to see world class athletes and livestock. A signature event in Pasadena is the annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival, which features live entertainment, arts and crafts, a carnival midway, and lots of strawberries. Some of nearby Houston's premiere attractions include the following:

  • The Children's Museum of Houston
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston Zoo
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Museum of Health and Medical Science
  • Six Flags Astroworld
  • Space Center Houston

Also in Houston are several major-league professional sports teams. These include the following:

  • Houston Astros (Major League Baseball)
  • Houston Texans (National Football League)
  • Houston Rockets (National Basketball Association)
  • Houston Dynamo (Major League Soccer)
  • Houston Comets (Women's National Basketball Association)
  • Houston Aeros (American Hockey League)

People

Total Population 153,036
Male Share of the Population 50.5%
Female Share of the Population 49.5%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 64,549
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 46.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,023
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,485
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,145

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,129
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $806
Median House Value $103,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pasadena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 10 miles SE of Houston, Texas
County Harris
Standard Zip Codes 77502, 77503, 77504, 77505, 77506, 77507
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77501, 77508
Phone Area Codes 281
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.69
Longitude -95.208

Pasadena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HOUSTON HOBBY AP
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 61 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 94 F
Oct Temp 62 to 82 F
Annual Precip 53.9 inches
Station HOUSTON SAN JACINTO DAM
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 63 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Station HOUSTON BUSH INTL AP
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 94 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pasadena, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Golden Acres (77503)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brookside Village 1,532 $81,442
Deer Park 33,313 $82,248
Galena Park 11,126 $43,676
Jacinto City 10,751 $32,218

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pasadena Public Libraries

Library
Pasadena Public Library
1201 JEFF GINN MEMORIAL DR
Pasadena, Texas
(713) 477-0276
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Pasadena Hospitals

VISTA MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
4301 B VISTA
(713) 378-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAYSHORE MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
4000 SPENCER HWY
(713) 359-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pasadena High Schools

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PASADENA H S
206 S SHAVER
713-477-1501
Serves 2,755 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

RAYBURN H S
2121 CHERRYBROOK LN
713-477-3601
Serves 2,284 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

PASADENA MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
4410 CRENSHAW
281-991-2440
Serves 1,061 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

GUIDANCE CTR
3010 BAYSHORE
713-948-4400
A Non-traditional School

TEGELER CAREER CENTER
4949 BURKE RD
281-998-5548
A Non-traditional School

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4320 CRENSHAW
281-998-5525
A Non-traditional School

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