Demographics

Where We Live

With the San Gabriel Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop, La Cañada Flintridge represents the very best of California living. Although our city is only twenty minutes from downtown Los Angeles, LCF maintains a small-town atmosphere with a sense of shared family values that touches every resident. Tree-lined streets and the rolling lawns of spacious estates and colorful flowers surrounding beautiful homes set a standard of gracious living in this "glen between the hills."

A low-key lifestyle centered around children and community is central to the city's 20,318 residents. The City's public school system consistently ranks in the top five percent of California schools. Houses of worship and a variety of service organizations are an integral part of the community. Volunteers contribute more than 250,000 hours to civic causes each year.

The Foothill Boulevard business district offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and services close to home. Residents also have access to parks; a community center; YMCA; a multiplex movie theater; a library; golf, tennis and riding clubs, and scenic hiking and equestrian trails.

The climate is perfect for the variety of beautiful camellias and the live-oak forest at Descanso Gardens, a 165-acre botanical garden known throughout the nation. Our city has about 300 sunny days per year and a mean, year-round temperature of 64 degrees, with an average rainfall of about 20 inches.

Bordered by Angeles National Forest on the north, and the cities of Pasadena and Glendale on the east and south, our 8.5 square-mile city is 13 miles northeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center, with easy access to Burbank Airport.

At the forefront of the nation's space program, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory maintains it's headquarters here. A more light-hearted community source of pride is the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association's annual float entry in Pasadena's New Year's Day Parade. It is designed and constructed by community volunteers. Funding comes from the Community and the City.

Census Statistics and Demographics

Census statistics show that executives and professionals comprise 54 percent of area employees, with other white-collar occupations adding another 32 percent. Approximately 80 percent of adult residents have attended college, with more than 50 percent being college graduates.

Shown here are census statistics maintained by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce. Unless otherwise noted, original census data is from the U.S. Census Bureau (1990). The most recent census, conducted in 2000, is shown.



Population
  1990 1993 2000
Residents 22,126 22,821 20,318
Households 7,589 7,840 6,989
    Population per square mile = 1,300    
 
Population Breakdown
  Male Female % Total
Under 5     5.2
5-9     8.5
10-19     18.5
20-34     7.5
35-44     16.1
45-54     18.7
55-64     11.5
65+ 6.3 7.7 14.0
    Total   48.6 51.1 100
    Median Age = 42.1
 
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Household Income
  Percentage 1990 Percentage 1999
Under $15,000 5.0 5.1
$15,000 - $24,999 6.0 4.3
$25,000 - $34,999 6.2 4.0
$35,000 - $49,000 8.9 7.6
$50,000 - $74,999 19.1 11.2
$75,000 - $99,000 14.7 12.3
$100,000+ 40.1 55.5
    Median Household Income: $109,989
 
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Education
  Percentage 1990 Percentage 2000
Elementary (0-8 yrs.) 2.5 1.3
Some High School (9-11 yrs.) 3.5 2.8
High School Graduate 11.8 8.7
Some College (13-15 yrs.) 29.3 23.6
College Graduate 52.9 63.5
 
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Transportation
Commute Time Percentage
Under 15 minutes 27.3
15-29 minutes 37.4
30-44 minutes 22.5
45-59 minutes 8.8
60+ minutes 4.1
    Average = 23.0 minutes
    Median = 24.1 minutes
 
Vehicle Ownership Percentage 1990 Percentage 2000
No vehicle 1.7 2.9
1 Vehicle 15.9 16.1
2 Vehicles 46.4 49.0
3+ Vehicles 36.0 32.0
    Average Number of Vehicles = 2.5
 
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Housing
Occupancy Percentage
Single 15.0
2 Persons 35.6
3-4 Persons 37.4
5+ Persons 12.0
    Avg Persons per Household = 2.8
    Median Persons per Household = 2.5
 
Value Percentage 1990 Percentage 2000
Under $20K 0.1 --
$20K - $49K 0.5 1.0
$50K - $74.9K 0.5 1.6
$75K - $99K 0.4
$100K - $149K 1.0 0.7
$150K - $249K 4.0 34.8
$250K - $499K 31.4
$500K - $1M 62.1 48.2
$1M + 13.6
    Owner Occupied = 89.4%
    Renter Occupied = 10.6%
    Owner/Renter Ratio 8.5 to 1
 
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Commercial Sales ( in thousands )
Food
Grocery $26,404
Fast Food $10,649
Restaurant $12,426
    Total
$49,479
 
Other Retail
Footwear $2,648
Jewelry & Accessories $1,611
Furniture $4,120
Photo Equip, Etc. $1,110
    Total
$9,489
 
Apparel
Women's $8,200
Girl's $950
Men's $4,702
Boy's $764
Infant's $652
    Total
$15,268
 
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Occupations ( per Business Licenses filed with the City )
Business Type Number
Contractors 648
Home Occupation 333
Retail Sales 144
Service Wholesale 89
Professional 76
Tax Exempt 26
Real Estate/Insurance 20
Recreation/Amusement 4
    Total
1,275
 
Occupation Type Percentage
Exec/Admin/Management 24.4%
Professional and Specialty 30.5
Other White Collar 31.6
All Service Occupations 5.4
Crafts & Precision Occupations 2.0
Fed. Government Workers 1.8
Farm/Forest/Fishing 0.6
Armed Forces 0.1
Unemployed 1.9
White Collar to Blue Collar Ratio 11.3 to 1
 
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