Pasadena defines innovation

  • The Mars Rover, DNA Sequencer, CMOS Semiconductor and the Richter scale, are all tied to Pasadena
  • Pasadena tech incubators have turned out hundreds of companies
  • Pasadena’s start-up incubator, Idealab has created more than 125 companies.
  • 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.
  • Picasa, Citysearch, Overture, Evolution Robotics, and Petsmart.com all started in Pasadena
  • Pasadena sits in the heart of a region that files the most patents in the U.S. outside of Silicon Valley.

 

Pasadena educates world-class talent

  • 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 32 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, and has produced the world’s leading automotive designers for the last 40 years.
  • Pasadena is home to the world-renown Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
  • Nearly half the region’s population has a bachelor’s degree or higher, over 1.5 times the national average.

 

Pasadena reinvents technology

  • The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) created the Mars Curiosity rover.
  • The Mars Rover, DNA Sequencer, CMOS Semiconductor and the Richter scale, are all tied to Pasadena
  • Caltech has equity in more than 80 companies that rely on technology developed in Pasadena.

 

Pasadena researches and develops

  • 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.
  • Nearly 1 in 6 jobs in Pasadena are in professional or creative fields, beating out Seattle, San Jose, Austin, and Portland.
  • Southern California attracts over $2 billion in venture capital annually

 

Pasadena celebrates the arts and culture

  • Pasadena has access to more arts establishments per capita than anywhere else in the nation.
  • The Norton Simon Museum houses one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled.
  • The Huntington Library is one of the world’s greatest cultural, research, and educational centers.
  • The Pasadena Museum of California Arts showcases the breadth of California art, architecture and design.
  • The Asia Pacific Museum is one of the few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

 

Pasadena offers a great quality of life

  • Greater Pasadena leads the nation’s innovation hub cities in high school graduation rates.
  • Pasadena is among the top three innovation hub cities in 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 degrees.