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  • Pasadena, Texas, one of the biggest municipalities in the state, was originally named after the California city of the same name because of its lush vegetation. The area has a rich but turbulent history of skirmishes with Native Americans and Mexicans. It was the site of the final battle in Texas' war to become independent of Mexico, earning it the moniker of "The Birthplace of Texas." Today, Pasadena has a population of 149,043 and is the 17th largest city in Texas. It is considered part of the Houston metropolitan area.

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  • Housing Statistics About 93 percent of Texas' available housing is currently occupied. Of the 47,063 occupied homes, approximately 44 percent are occupied by renters. Some people are involved in rent to own arrangements, but most people who don't own their home simply rent. The median price of a house in Pasadena is $186,768. Fifty-eight percent of Pasadena homeowners have a mortgage on their home. The median rent in Pasadena is $718. Rent to own houses, as contract rentals, have a lower median rent of $579. Whether you rent with the intent to own or not, the median housing cost in Pasadena is $823 per month.
  • Local Shopping There are plenty of places to go shopping in Pasadena. The Pasadena Town Square Mall has a large number of department stores and retail chains, as well as stores that are local to Texas. It also offers a kids' play area, stroller and wheelchair rentals and fax and copy services. The Allen Center may be a better bet if you're looking for local shops. Once there, stop by Billy's Donut Shop and get yourself a dozen for the road.
  • Local Events and Festivals Pasadena is a very patriotic and family-oriented community. Events and festivals include an all-day July 4th festival that includes a barbecue lunch, outdoor activities and fireworks. The festival usually features a car show and live music as well. There is a special kids' play area so that kids can enjoy the 4th in a safe, appropriate manner. Also in July is The Street Olympics, where local athletes compete in hurdle jumping, races, gymnastics events and more. And be sure not to miss the annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival, which celebrates both Clara Barton's donation of strawberry plants in the early 1900s and Pasadena's continuing success at growing strawberries. Strawberries were once the primary moneymaker for Pasadena; today, festival organizers buy them from a produce company and sell strawberry-themed desserts, in addition to the strawberries themselves. The festival also includes live music and other performances. The festival is held outdoors, even if it rains.
  • Largest Employers and Industries Pasadena's economy depends on several industries, including petroleum, oil and natural gas industries, maritime shipping, aerospace, and health car. Aerospace is especially important in Pasadena, as it is close to the NASA base in Houston. There is also a big military presence in the area. The top employers in Pasadena are the Pasadena Independent School District, Dorsett Brothers Concrete Supply, San Jacinto College District, The Boeing Company, Mundy Company, Zachry Holdings, Shell: Deer Park, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation, Silver Eagle Distributors, and the City of Pasadena
  • Transportation and Commutes There are three freeway systems in Pasadena, and all are widely used by residents. Interstate 45 connects Dallas, Houston and the Gulf of Mexico. Pasadena residents can take it south to Mexico or north to Dallas. The Pasadena Freeway is part of an east-west road connecting Houston and La Porte. The Sam Houston Tollway runs through eastern Pasadena. The Harris County Toll Road Authority distributes EZ Tags for toll payment.