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City of Pasadena

  •   State: 
    Harris County
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    29°40′34″N 95°10′26″W
      Area total: 
    44.74 sq mi
      Area land: 
    43.68 sq mi (113.14 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.06 sq mi (2.75 km²)
    30 ft (9.1 m)
    1893; Incorporated December 22, 1923 and December 26, 1928
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,462.00 residents per square mile of area (1,336.69/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 

As of the 2020 U.S. census, the city's population was 151,950, making it the twentieth most populous city in the state of Texas. The area around Galveston Bay was settled by the Karankawa and Atakapan tribes, particularly the Akokisa, who lived throughout the Gulf coast region. The pirate Jean Lafitte established a short-lived kingdom based inGalveston in the early 19th century with bases and hide-outs around the bay and around Clear Lake. Pasadena and neighboring Deer Park have adopted the nickname "Birthplace of Texas" after the final battle of the Texas Revolution in 1836. The city is part of the HoustonThe WoodlandsSugar Land metropolitan area, which includes the cities of Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Laredo. It was named after Pasadena, California, because of the perceived lush vegetation in the area at the time of its founding. It is also the second-largest city in Harris County, after Houston, and the third-largest in Texas, after San Antonio. It has one of the highest homicide rates in the United States, according to the U.N. Office of Crime and Delinquency Prevention. It also has the highest murder rate of any city in Texas (39 per cent) and the fourth-highest murder rate in the country (38 per cent). It is home to the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Texas Tech University of Houston. Pasadena is located on the Gulf of Mexico, which was founded in 1869.


The area around Galveston Bay was settled by the Karankawa and Atakapan tribes. Spanish explorers such as the Rivas-Iriarte expedition and José Antonio de Evia charted the bay and gave it its name. The final battle of the Texas Revolution took place near modern Pasadena on April 21, 1836. Because this was the last conflict that led to the Mexican surrender, Pasadena and neighboring Deer Park have adopted the nickname "Birthplace of Texas" By the mid-20th century, Pasadena's economy had become strongly tied to petroleum and other heavy industry. Pasadena's growth rate surpassed neighboring Houston's in the 1960s and 1970s. The city was partially incorporated in 1923, but residents voted to cancel the incorporation one year later. Pasadena incorporated in 1928 because of the incorporation of Houston, while Houston annexed Pasadena's territory into its city limits, while surrounding areas that were unincorporated were annexed by Houston. Pasadena was established in 1963 with the residential community of Clear Lake, with Clear Lake being established near Johnson Center (JSC) under NASA's Space Center program. It is now home to the Texas Museum of Natural History, a museum dedicated to the history of the Gulf Coast region and the Texas Rangers, a Texas Rangers football team, and the University of Texas at San Antonio football team. It was founded in 1843 by Sam Allen, who started a ranch in what is now western Pasadena all the way to Harrisburg, Texas. In 1892 Colonel John H. Burnett established an unnamed townsite on the Vince Survey just east of the Allen Ranch.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.5 square miles (115 km²) The city is bordered by the Houston Ship Channel (Buffalo Bayou / San Jacinto River) to the north. The southeasternmost part of the city fronts Galveston Bay. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters.Neighborhoods in Pasadena include: East Pasadena, West Pasadena, Pasadena Heights, Pasadena Oaks, Pasadena Manor, Pasadena Park, Pasadena West, Pasadena East, Pasadena South, Pasadena Southwest, Pasadena North, Pasadena Southeast, Pasadena Center, Pasadena Ridge, Pasadena Ranch, Pasadena Lake, Pasadena Meadows, Pasadena Valley, Pasadena Woods, Pasadena River, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena City Limits, Pasadena Village, Pasadena, San Jacinto, Pasadena University, Pasadena College, Pasadena High School, Pasadena Presbyterian, Pasadena ISD, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Pasadena City College. The city was founded in 1836 and is located in the San Antonio suburb of Pasadena, Texas. It is located on the Texas-Louisiana border and was named after the city's founder, William "Bill" Pasadena. It was named for its founder, who was born in 1826. It has a population of 1,827, according to the United States Census Bureau. Its area is 44.2 square miles, with 0.4 square miles of land and 0.0 km² of water (0.81%).


As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 151,950 people, 48,174 households, and 36,201 families residing in the city. As of the census of 2010,there were 149,043 people. There were 54,712 housing units. In 2020, the racial and ethnic makeup was 24.57% non-Hispanic white, 3.29% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.2% Asian,0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.61% multiracial, and 67.81% Hispanic or Latino of any race. In 2010, the city was 83.3% White, 2,7% African-American, 1,5% American Indian and Alaska Native, and 2.1% Asian. The city is home to the Alaska Native tribe, which has a population of about 2,000. In the city, the Native American population is about 1,500 people. The Native American community is about 2.5% of the city's population, and the Asian population is around 11.6%. The city has a large Hispanic population, with 66.2%. In the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 149,042 people, with 2.7% being African American and 2,6% being American Indian or Alaska Native. It is also home to a large percentage of Asian Americans, with about 1.6% Asian and 1.9% Asian-American populations. It also has a small African American population.


The city's economy is closely linked to the nearby Houston Ship Channel and the Bayport shipping terminal and industrial district. The Pasadena Refining System, a partnership of Petrobras and Astra Holding USA, is headquartered in Pasadena. Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District) operates the Strawberry Health Center, and the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center Pasadena. The nearest public hospital is Ben Taub General Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Houston. There are four post offices in the city limits. In July 2011 the USPS announced that one, John Foster Post Office, may close. According to the city's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in Pasadena are: ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, and Schlumberger. The city is home to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in the bordering Clear Lake Area. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates the Houston V District Parole Office in Pasadena and operates the Kyle Chapman/Pasadena Courthouse Annex in Harris County. The City of Pasadena is located on the Texas Gulf Coast and is located in the Harris County portion of the Houston metropolitan area. It has a population of approximately 2.2 million people (as of December 31, 2013). The city's population was 2.3 million (as at December 31st, 2013) in 2013. It is located near the Gulf of Mexico, which is the nation's largest oil and natural gas port. It also has one of the largest chemical processing complexes in the country.


Pasadena operates under a mayor-council form of government with a mayor and eight council members. The city has its own police department, which employs approximately 282 Officers, with one Police Chief, three Assistant Chiefs and other supervisory positions. The Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department is the largest of all volunteer municipal fire departments in the United States. The mayor and council are responsible for enacting legislation, adopting budgets and setting policies.


The city has several museums, including the Pasadena Historical Museum, the Bay Area Museum and Armand Bayou Nature Center. Pasadena also has a community theater, an annual rodeo, and the Pasadena Philharmonic. At its height, the city's strawberry growers shipped as many as 28 train carloads of strawberries each day. In 1900, Clara Barton of the American Red Cross purchased 1.5 million strawberry plants and sent them to Pasadena to help victims of the 1900 Galveston hurricane. Attendance at the annual Strawberry Festival was 56,000 in 2008. In 1989, Gilley's suffered an arson fire that gutted the interior of the building including the mechanical bull used in Urban Cowboy. The old address of Gilley’s is a used-car lot. The city's newspaper is the Pasadena Citizen, which was founded in 1876. The Pasadena Citizen is published by the Pasadena Independent School District. It is based in Pasadena and published by Simon & Schuster, a division of Penguin Random House, which also publishes The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Paris Review. The Times is published in New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and can be found at Visit Pasadena Citizen online at


Most of city of Pasadena is served by the Pasadena Independent School District. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston operated the St. Pius V School in Pasadena from 1947, until its 2020 closure. Pasadena owns the Pasadena Public Library with the Main Library at 1201 Jeff Ginn Memorial Drive and the Fairmont Library, a branch, at 4330 Fairmont Parkway between Panama Street and Watters Road. Under Texas law, Pasadena ISD serves all of Pasadena, La Porte ISD, and Deer Park ISD as well as other school districts, and the portion of Clear Creek ISD in Harris County; this means in effect it serves all the City of Pasadena. The City of Houston is home to the University of Houston, Clear Lake Lake College, and Texas Chiropractic College. The city is also the home of the Texas Institute of Technology, Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. It is also home to Texas State University, which is a public institution of higher education. It also has a community college system called Texas State Community College System, which under Texas law serves all three school districts and the remainder of Harris County. The town has two public parks: Pasadena Park and Fairmont Park, which are located on the east and west sides of the city, respectively. It has one public library, the Pasadena City Public Library, and one private library, Pasadena Park Library, on the west side of the town.

Parks and recreation

The city operates 15 tennis courts, several baseball fields, and a total of 43 parks total. These include 14 miles (23 km) of trails, four Youth Recreation Centers, and three pools for Swimming or Aquatics. The city also operates a Dog Park, Party Rentals, Golf Course, Historical Museum, and Senior Citizen Center. Harris County operates several community centers in Pasadena, including East Harris County Activity Center and Bay Area Community Center. Pasadena has 47 parks, 5 swimming pools, and 5 game room buildings, museum, recreation center, 15 tennis Courts and 21 ball fields. Pasadena is located in Harris County, Texas, and is part of the Harris County Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers parts of Harris County and Fort Bend County. It is the largest city in the county, with a population of around 2.2 million. It also has a large lake, Clear Lake Water Front (Pasadena Section), which is home to the city's water treatment plant. It has a number of community centers, including the East Harris county Activity Center, Bay Area community center, and Historical Museum. Pasadena also has over 14 miles of trails and 23 km of trails. It boasts five swimming pools for swimming and Aquatics, and four youth recreation centers. It operates a senior citizen center and a dog park, as well as a recreation center and several other community centers. There are five game rooms in the city, including a Senior Citizen center, a community center and an elementary school. Pasadena's parks and recreation center are open to the public, and the city also has several dog parks.

Armand Bayou Nature Center

Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is a 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) preserve on the western shore of Galveston Bay in Pasadena. It is the only remnant of this region's original eco-systems: coastal tallgrass prairie, bottomland forest and bayou. Hundreds of species of wildlife thrive in the narrow wooded streams and scattered lakes, ponds and marshes. ABNC has been designated as one of five preserves under the Texas Coastal Preserve Program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. As of 2010 ABNC was one of four preserves in the state to be designated as part of the Coastal Preserves Program by the Texas Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The preserve is open to the public and is free to the general public.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas = 15.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 37. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 11. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Pasadena = 6.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 5,026 individuals with a median age of 31.3 age the population grows by 3.60% in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,462.00 residents per square mile of area (1,336.69/km²). There are average 3.06 people per household in the 47,605 households with an average household income of $45,580 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.50% of the available work force and has dropped -2.52% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 25.46%. The number of physicians in Pasadena per 100,000 population = 213.7.


The annual rainfall in Pasadena = 51.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.2 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 100. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 206. 93 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 43.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 24, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas which are owned by the occupant = 52.49%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 35 years with median home cost = $101,380 and home appreciation of -6.00%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $20.09 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,359 per student. There are 15.6 students for each teacher in the school, 739 students for each Librarian and 528 students for each Counselor. 4.78% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 8.63% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 4.92% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Pasadena's population in Harris County, Texas of 1,531 residents in 1900 has increased 3,28-fold to 5,026 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.83% female residents and 50.17% male residents live in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas.

    As of 2020 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas are married and the remaining 39.53% are single population.

  • 27.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Pasadena require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    80.06% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.61% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.68% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.43% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, 52.49% are owner-occupied homes, another 38.56% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.95% are vacant.

  • The 48.52% of the population in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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