The data shows clearly that over half of Pasadena households are losing more than a third of their income to pay rent.
For low income households, this number is even higher
Rents are also increasing much faster than inflation.
As the rents go up, the enrollment in the Pasadena Unified School District drops. We know correlation does not imply causation, but here we can make a clear connection between the personal stories Pasadenans are telling and the broader trend: if families can't afford to live in Pasadena, then they move out, taking their kids out of Pasadena schools, breaking community ties.
As the rents rise, the number of affordable places to live in Pasadena shrinks too. The plot below shows this trend since 2005.