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  • The City of Pasadena is committed to embracing innovation and the exploration of new ideas. Creativity and logic come together in Pasadena to form a dynamic entrepreneurial stage through institutions such as Caltech, the Art Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - all envisioned to support progress toward a better, more exciting tomorrow.  Come enjoy Pasadena’s distinct commercial districts where dining, culture and fun inspire.

    Did you know?

    • Pasadena is home to leading science, research, and design institutions.
    • Caltech was named the “World’s Top University” according to Times Higher Education global ranking.
    • Pasadena is home to 31 Nobel Laureates, among the highest concentrations in the world.
    • Art Center College of Design was named the nation’s top programs in Product Design and Industrial Design by Design Intelligence for the last 7 years, and has produced the world’s leading automotive designers for the last 40 years.
    • Nearly 1 in 6 jobs in Pasadena are in professional or creative fields, beating out Seattle, San Jose, Austin and Portland.
    • The Design Accelerator was launched in Pasadena in 2013, a collaboration between the Art Center and Caltech
    • Pasadena sits in the heart of a region that files the most patents in the U.S. outside of Silicon Valley.
    • Pasadena’s start-up incubator Idealab has churned out more than 125 companies with 40 successful IPOs and acquisitions, and closed more than 300 rounds of financing totaling more than $3.5 billion.
    • Pasadena attracts $1.9 billion in federal R&D funds annually, $25 billion since 2001. That’s over $14,000 per capita, more than any other innovation hub in the U.S.
    • Pasadena has access to more arts establishments per capita than anywhere else in the nation.
    • Greater Pasadena leads the nation’s innovation hub cities in high school graduation rates.
    • Pasadena is among the top three innovation hub cities in public park space per capita.
    • Pasadena has access to more arts establishments per capita than anywhere else in the nation.
    • Greater Pasadena has one of the highest incomes per capita in the U.S.
    • Greater Pasadena has one of the lowest crime rates among all U.S. innovation hub cities.
    • The average annual temperature in sunny Pasadena is 65.4%

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