Pasadena, California

city in Los Angeles County, California, United States

Pasadena is a city in California. It is northeast of Los Angeles on Interstate 210 and the Metro Gold Line. As of 2008, it had a population of 133,936.

City of Pasadena
Pasadena City Hall
Pasadena City Hall
Flag of City of Pasadena
Official seal of City of Pasadena
City of Roses, Crown City
Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California
Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California
Coordinates: 34°09′22″N 118°7′55″W / 34.15611°N 118.13194°W / 34.15611; -118.13194Coordinates: 34°09′22″N 118°7′55″W / 34.15611°N 118.13194°W / 34.15611; -118.13194
Country United States
State California
CountyLos Angeles
SettledJanuary 27, 1874
IncorporatedJune 19, 1886
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorBill Bogaard (D)
 • City CouncilJacque Robinson
Margaret McAustin
Chris Holden
Steve Haderlein
Victor M. Gordo
Steve Madison
Terry Tornek
 • City ManagerMichael Beck
 • City AttorneyMichele Beal Bagneris
 • City ClerkJane Rodriguez
 • Total23.2 sq mi (60.0 km2)
 • Land23.1 sq mi (59.8 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
863 ft (263 m)
 • Total143,667
 • Density6,384.7/sq mi (2,477.1/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)626, 323
FIPS code06-56000
GNIS feature ID1664804
WebsiteCity website

Every year, Pasadena has the Tournament of Roses Parade. The Rose Bowl Game is played after the parade.

Pasadena was settled by Tongva Indians and Mexican ranchers before California became a state. In the 1880s, it became a city (making it the oldest city in the area after Los Angeles). Pasadena was one of the hubs of the Pacific Electric Railroad. During the early 20th century, it was the eighth-largest city in California.

There are many historic buildings in Pasadena. They include the Gamble House, the Blacker House, and the historic homes in Bungalow Heaven. There are also several colleges, including the California Institute of Technology. Pasadena has an arts scene, with many famous people acting at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium or Pasadena Playhouse or putting paintings in the Norton Simon Museum.