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How does it feel when you think about exploring a new city, its culture, climate, customs, daily routines, and people? Doubtless, you would search for places to visit, entertainment options, restaurants, parks, and other events.
Knowing about a city means you are trying to find out and ready to experience the pros and cons of it. It also equally depends on the country and the city’s location. In this article, we will take you through one famous city, Pasadena, in the state of Texas, in the USA.
Are you ready to travel with me to learn and explore various facts and information about Pasadena? But before moving further, let us know in detail about its location and a basic overview of the city.
1. Overview of Pasadena, Texas
Pasadena is a city in Harris County, Texas, USA, about 14 miles southeast of Houston, under the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan region. Established in 1893 by John .H. Burnett of Galveston, it had the name Pasadena, California, for its green perceived lush vegetation and the resemblance of scenic beauty between both cities.
According to the census from World Population Review, the city’s population in 2023 equals nearly 139.2k, with a growth rate of 11%. This city’s population, ethnicity, and racial background include 70% Latino or Hispanic, followed by African American, White, and Black. The housing units constitute 54,000.
Pasadena also forms the second-largest city in Harris County and the twentieth-most populated city in Texas. Pasadena, Texas, borders Deer Park to its east and Jacinto City to its north. There are many recreational places like parks, picnic areas, tennis courts, playgrounds, museums, swimming, trails for walking and jogging, and community centers.
A non-emergency transportation service in Pasadena, Texas, is available for senior citizens above the age of 65 and people with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 64. This transportation service is called RIDES.
The city houses San Jacinto Community College, Texas Chiropractic College, and the University of Houston near Clear Lake. It also services highways like Texas State Highway 225 (called Pasadena Freeway), Interstate I-45, and the Sam Houston Tollway.
In 1894, the emergence of La Porte (a city in Harris County), Houston, and the Northern Railroad connected the city, allowing the area to become a farming community. The notable community centers in Pasadena are the East Harris County Activity Center and the Bay Area Community Center.
2. Weather and Climate in Pasadena
Pasadena experiences hot and humid summers with significantly longer days, while winters are cool and cloudy, with shorter days. Also, there is considerable rainfall all around the year. During fall, the weather is clear and dry.
We have June, July, August, and September in the summer. In June, the city receives rainfall of 150 mm, which is the wettest month. July month receives more sunshine, the sunniest month. August is the city’s warmest month (35°C).
In November, winter begins, and by mid-March, it ends. January forms the coldest month (18°C), and February has the least precipitation (81 mm), thus making it the driest month. March, April, and November months exhibit pleasant weather.
3. Galveston Bay
Galveston Bay lies to the right southeast of Pasadena, along the coastline of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. Harris County lies to the north, and Brazoria County lies west of the bay. The bay is an estuary or a water body between Galveston Island and Boliver Peninsula.
It is a sign of natural habitat for sea animals like fish, waterbirds, shorebirds, dolphins, alligators, turtles, and other species.
3.1 History and Importance of Galveston Bay
The history states that in the area around Galveston Bay, the Karankawa and Atakapan tribes, particularly the Akokisa on the Gulf Coast, lived before European settlement. Spanish pioneers, like the Rivas-Iriarte expedition and the José Antonio de Evia, charted and named the bay.
During the early 19th century, a French-American pirate, Jean Lafitte, founded a short-lived kingdom based in Galveston with a strong foundation and hide-outs surrounding the bay and Clear Lake.
Galveston Bay and its surrounding land comprise the Galveston Bay watershed. This watershed acts as an ecosystem that gets fresh water from tributaries like the Trinity River, San Jacinto River, and other backwaters and creeks of the Houston-Galveston region flowing directly into the bay.
4. Pasadena Independent School District (Pasadena ISD)
Multiple school districts in the city support primary and secondary education for students.
Amongst these, the Pasadena Independent School District (Pasadena ISD) is the 4th largest school district in Harris County. Apart from private schools and 37 preschools, it includes seven high schools, ten intermediate schools, and 37 elementary schools.
The total count of students in Pasadena ISD is around 54,000. The teachers in Pasadena ISD have 100% licenses, and more than 85% of teachers have 3-4 years of work experience.
4.1 Pasadena ISD Education Foundation
The Education Foundation of Pasadena ISD is a non-profit organization. As a foundation, the ultimate mission of Pasadena ISD Education Foundation is to promote exemplary education for students by enhancing quality education and teaching.
Additionally, the education foundation partners with community resources to honor innovative teaching, upgrade education excellence, impart educational and leadership possibilities to students, and recognize the importance of staff and teachers of the school district.
5. Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is also a non-profit organization that aims to boost economic and community growth to guarantee the prosperity of businesses and citizens in Pasadena.
Members of the chamber can support each other’s businesses. The Chamber of Commerce uses its membership database to obtain quotes for services and purchases.
6. Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department
Providing fire protection to Pasadena, the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department is the city’s largest department. Rescue operations are with the support of firefighters and other equipment like pumping apparatus and self-contained breathing apparatus.
Around 200 volunteers work in this department to keep the neighborhood safe and secure and responsive to 170 alarms each month.
7. National Manufacturing Day
National Manufacturing Day is one important day celebrated on the 1st Friday of October. The event hosts several industrialists from Pasadena to showcase their performance in modern manufacturing and its career-related skilled jobs offerings to students, teachers, parents, and community leaders.
This day also authorizes the manufacturers to confront the challenges of finding qualified potential employees for future generations to thrive.
8. Pasadena Texas Attractions and Entertainment
8.1. Pasadena Strawberry Festival
In September 1900, a hurricane demolished the city called the Galveston hurricane. It was highly destructive, with heavy winds and storms. An American Nurse, Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross), sent more than 1.5 million strawberry plants to Pasadena for recovery from the devastation.
In 1930, there was a rapid bloom in the strawberry crops that Pasadena established as the “Strawberry Capital” of the area. Every year in May, people celebrate the Pasadena Strawberry Festival in the city, which involves eating strawberries, live music, carnival rides and games, and various other contests.
Also, during the opening night ceremony, rows of massive strawberry cakes are cut and given away to the entire city.
9. Pasadena Historical Museum
Pasadena Historical Museum is a historical place that preserves the history, art, and culture of Pasadena. It portrays millions of photographs, books, maps, artifacts, and a collection of paintings from well-known painters.
Also, the museum displays various antique items, clothing, and furniture of the Parks and Pomeroy families. There is also a mobile water-boring rig fabricated and patented by Pomeroys.
10. Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo Office
The Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo takes place every year in September at Pasadena Texas Municipal Fairgrounds and Convention Center, sanctioned by the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA). The events that take place are Rodeo (a sport that involves riding and roping performed by world-class athletes), trail rides, dance, music, talent contests, beauty competitions, barbeque cook-offs, and much more.
11. Pasadena Little Theater
Pasadena Little Theater is a small and picturesque performing arts theatre located in the suburbs of Houston.
The theatre has two stages, excellent seating arrangements, and ambitious performances. Besides, there are local productions and music shows that take place regularly. The theatre also conducts several workshops for kids.
12. Armand Bayou Nature Center
Pasadena is also a city to enjoy nature. The Armand Bayou Nature Center is an urban nature preserve located southeast of Houston, Pasadena, and a perfect place to reconnect with nature and break free from sedentary city life.
This center forms the enormous wildlife preserve in the country. Its total area comprises 2500 acres of land covering pastures, forests, natural wetlands, and marshy lands.
Further, there are 370 varieties of animal species in the marshy lands and forests. They include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and abundant perceived lush vegetation.
13. Final Note
So, how well did you like Pasadena, the second-largest city? Do you have questions about whether Pasadena is the best place and worth visiting? It is a decent place to visit, with affordable housing facilities, recreational pastimes, and tourism.
But ensure you do your additional research before planning a visit.
Last Updated on October 18, 2023 by Sathi Chakraborty, MSc Biology