Pasadena is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, and is known for being an important source of culture in the San Gabriel Valley. Pasadena is often nicknamed ‘The City of Roses’ because of its annual Tournament of Roses parade as well as the Rose Bowl football game. Expats living in Pasadena will find plenty to see and do in the city, including the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Pacific Asia Museum. The city also has plenty to offer in terms of shopping and entertainment, with Old Pasadena being a popular shopping destination with over 200 unique boutiques as well as many restaurants and clubs, whilst the city also offers live music and theatre venues. Expats living in Pasadena will furthermore be able to take part in a number of festivals which take place in the city such as the Doo Dah Parade or the aforementioned Rose parade.
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Pasadena is a popular city, not least of all due to its friendly atmosphere as well as for having a ‘small town’ feel unlike other cities in Los Angeles County. It is easy to get around the city on foot, and Pasadena can also offers a lot in terms of parks and open spaces. Expatriates moving to Pasadena can take advantage of the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line which runs through the city and connects it to other parts of Los Angeles. There are also a number of bus services which run through the city. Like most of Los Angeles County, Pasadena has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, and mild winters. The city has plenty to offer expats relocating to Pasadena with their family, with excellent educational facilities whilst also being home to The California Institute of Technology. Any expatriate moving to Pasadena can benefit from joining InterNations, an international online expat community in which they may be able to seek advice, for example about moving to the US, from fellow expats who have been through the same before.
The city has a diverse economy, and expatriates working in Pasadena will find that there are opportunities in a number of industries including finance, healthcare and technology, whilst Caltech is also a large employer in the city, especially in the research sector. The city furthermore has a thriving retail and leisure industry, and expats in Pasadena may be able to find work in this area. A number of large businesses have bases in Pasadena and make up some of the city’s biggest employers including Inter-Con Security, China Eastern airlines, Jacobs Engineering group and others. To get useful information about finding work as an expatriate in Pasadena as well as on other topics such as housing, entertainment and education, expats could benefit from signing up on InterNations and connecting with fellow expats for real information and advice, which can be extremely valuable to those settling into a new, unfamiliar city.