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Study: South Pas in the Top 10 of 'Creative Class' Neighborhoods in L.A. Metro Area

An urban researcher who studied growing class divides in major cities across the country, found that "L.A.'s once thriving working class districts are disappearing,'' according to an article in The Atlantic Cities.

An analysis of three classes that comprise the greater Los Angeles area -- blue collar, creative class and lower paid service workers --  puts South Pasadena in the top 10 Creative Class locations for the L.A. metro area, Curbed Los Angeles posted Tuesday.

The article links to the study by Richard Florida published in The Atlantic Cities. At the top of the list for "creative class'' is Turtle Rock/UC Irvine in Orange County, with an 84.3 percent creative class share. Number six on the list with 77.7 percent of the share is South Pas. 

From theatlanticcities.com:

"The creative class includes people who work in science and technology, business and management, arts, culture, media and entertainment, law, and healthcare professions. All told the class's ranks make up 34.1 percent of the Los Angeles metro area's workers, just slightly higher than the national average. These are high-skilled, highly educated workers who average $80,859 per year in wages in salaries, significantly more than the national average for these workers.''

Read the full Atlantic Cities article here.

Walter Okay February 06, 2013 at 01:55 PM
When I drill down into the map, I begin to suspect what is labeled "South Pasadena" is the neighborhood surrounding CalTech. It's well outside the South Pasadena city limits.
Rhee Ali Tee February 06, 2013 at 02:49 PM
If over-priced properties is "creative" then South Pas is that--
Sam Burgess February 06, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Walter, They also put JPL in Pasadena and not as it is, in La Canada Flintridge.
Donna Evans (Editor) February 06, 2013 at 06:18 PM
The funny thing about the JPL Pasadena/LCF question, Sam, is press releases from JPL list a Pasadena address. The LCF city sign proudly boasts "home of JPL'' and when you drive onto the property it's very much in La Canada - so I asked a spokeswoman there about it. She said the property actually sprawls into both. So i was like, ok, but where's the mailbox? :-) For the record, I list it as La Cañada.

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