Innovation in Pasadena

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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