The 10 Worst Pasadena Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Pasadena suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Pasadena.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Pasadena.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Pasadena 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Pasadena area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Pasadena proper, although West University Place certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Pasadena are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 28 biggest suburbs of Pasadena to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in texas lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Pasadena in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Pasadena for 2021:

  1. Galena Park
  2. Hitchcock
  3. Anahuac
  4. South Houston
  5. Humble
  6. Arcola
  7. Baytown
  8. La Marque
  9. Webster
  10. Houston

What's the worst suburb of Pasadena? Galena Park ranks as the worst suburb of Pasadena for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Pasadena that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in texas check out the best places in texas overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Pasadena too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Pasadena Suburbs To Live For 2021

Galena Park, TX

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Population: 10,983
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Income: $48,533 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $80,700 (lowest)
More on Galena Park:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Galena Park, the absolute worst place to live around Pasadena according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Galena Park beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Pasadena area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Galena Park.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

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Population: 7,800
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,829 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.1% (highest)
Median Home Value: $114,000 (4th lowest)
More on Hitchcock:  Data

Welcome to Hitchcock. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 27.3 miles to Pasadena. Income levels here are the 10th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $57,829 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Anahuac, TX

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Population: 2,149
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $58,500 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,700 (3rd lowest)
More on Anahuac:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Pasadena suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Anahuac on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Pasadena suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

South Houston, TX

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Population: 17,587
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $45,852 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $94,500 (2nd lowest)
More on South Houston:  Data | Photos

If you live in South Houston, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest Pasadena suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 8th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Pasadena. Remember, we looked at 28 cities for this study.

South Houston is about 4.7 miles to downtown.

Humble, TX

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Population: 15,864
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,845 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $122,900 (7th lowest)
More on Humble:  Data | Photos

Humble has the distinction of being a Pasadena suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Humble has the 7th lowest home values in the metro Pasadena area, where the median price is $122,900. To put that into perspective, in West University Place, the median income is $250,001, which is the best in the area.

Humble has an unemployment rate of 7.39% which ranks 7th worst.

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Population: 2,441
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Median Income: $54,750 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $127,400 (8th lowest)
More on Arcola:  Data

Arcola has 2,441 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 17.432321575061525%.

Baytown, TX

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Population: 76,635
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $57,270 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $119,900 (6th lowest)
More on Baytown:  Data | Photos

Ah, Baytown. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Pasadena.

It's the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Pasadena metro area (8.18%).

La Marque, TX

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Population: 16,627
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $53,964 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $117,000 (5th lowest)
More on La Marque:  Data | Photos

La Marque is a city about 22.1 miles from Pasadena, but Pasadena probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. La Marque has the 15th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (10.83%) in the entire Pasadena metro area.

Homes only cost $117,000 for a reason. That's cheap for Pasadena standards.

Webster, TX

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Population: 11,222
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $55,497 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $186,400 (17th lowest)
More on Webster:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Pasadena, then Webster might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Pasadena suburb.

About 6.6% of residents are out of work.

Houston, TX

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Population: 2,310,432
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,338 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $171,800 (12th lowest)
More on Houston:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Pasadena suburbs to call home is Houston.

Located 16.5 miles outside the city, Houstons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (5.86%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Pasadena for 2021

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2015-2019, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Pasadena.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 28 suburbs to evaluate around Pasadena.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 28 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Pasadena." We're lookin' at you, Galena Park. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Pasadena where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Pasadena with Galena Park casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Pasadena aren't all bad. West University Place takes the cake as the best place to live around Pasadena.

  • West University Place
  • Bellaire
  • Sugar Land

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Detailed List Of The Worst Pasadena Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Galena Park 10,983 $48,533 $80,700
2 Hitchcock 7,800 $57,829 $114,000
3 Anahuac 2,149 $58,500 $99,700
4 South Houston 17,587 $45,852 $94,500
5 Humble 15,864 $41,845 $122,900
6 Arcola 2,441 $54,750 $127,400
7 Baytown 76,635 $57,270 $119,900
8 La Marque 16,627 $53,964 $117,000
9 Webster 11,222 $55,497 $186,400
10 Houston 2,310,432 $52,338 $171,800
11 Alvin 26,299 $56,504 $151,100
12 Dickinson 20,754 $66,875 $159,300
13 Santa Fe 13,274 $72,486 $184,700
14 La Porte 35,246 $75,262 $148,100
15 Kemah 3,057 $73,068 $204,000
16 Stafford 17,206 $62,264 $180,400
17 Deer Park 33,855 $80,592 $173,400
18 Mont Belvieu 5,885 $94,560 $258,400
19 Nassau Bay 4,048 $89,850 $243,700
20 Manvel 10,179 $86,585 $252,800
21 Seabrook 13,927 $89,817 $250,200
22 Friendswood 39,688 $111,478 $284,100
23 Pearland 122,078 $104,504 $244,800
24 El Lago 2,710 $90,357 $229,300
25 Meadows Place 4,653 $75,744 $182,900
26 Sugar Land 118,709 $121,274 $323,300
27 Bellaire 18,815 $206,734 $842,700
28 West University Place 15,603 $250,001 $1,113,500

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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