South Pasadena Ranked No. 3 Southern California City to Raise a Family, Study Says

By Vuong, Zen | Pasadena Star-News, September 30, 2014 | Go to article overview

South Pasadena Ranked No. 3 Southern California City to Raise a Family, Study Says


Vuong, Zen, Pasadena Star-News


South Pasadena is among the top three cities in Southern California best suited to raising a family, according to a recent study.

"South Pasadena is a modern city with a small-town attitude," according to CreditDonkey.com's study results. "Although it's less than 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, it truly is a world apart when it comes to safety, education and the general atmosphere. South Pasadena's fashionable neighborhoods are popular among the A-list crowd, but families won't have any trouble finding an affordable place to settle down."

Only cities with a population of 25,000 or more were included in CreditDonkey.com's study, which was released this month.

The financial website ranked neighborhoods based on education, commute time, percentage of households with children under 18, turnover rate and percentage of income spent on housing.

Poway in San Diego County topped the list for most family- friendly city; Manhattan Beach placed second.

South Pasadena Mayor Marina Khubesrian said she and her husband bought their first home there in 1998 because they liked the city's school district, small-town feel and walkability. Later, they bought their second, larger house on the same block.

"We ... had gotten quite attached to our neighborhood," Dr. Khubesrian said. "We would spend a lot of time together with other families with children around the same age. There was a lot of sharing and babysitting and help with carpools and things like that, so I didn't want to lose that."

About 18 percent of the suburb's households have children under 18. …

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