Anyone who justs drives through or stops by in San Marino is bound to notice that it is more wealthy than the average California town. But how different is San Marino from its neighbors? And is there an income disparity in different parts of town?
Thanks to the efforts of the website, Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks, we have the answers to those questions. The site uses data compiled from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey to show median household income by census tract.
The data shows that of San Marino's two census tracts, the one to the West of San Marino Avenue is significantly wealthier. The ACS estimates for west San Marino are of a median household income of $171,786, whereas the corresponding figure in the east is $131,792.
Though most San Marino residents won't see a perceptible difference in the immediate neighborhoods of the cities next door, looking at the whole census tracts shows a significant drop-off in household incomes in some areas. The lowest household income figure in a neighboring census tract is estimated at $61,322 in the area between Hill Avenue and Lake Avenue in Pasadena.
The most well-off census tract adjacent to San Marino is in a tract in northeast San Gabriel, just east of San Gabriel Boulevard and south of Huntington Drive, where the median household income is estimated at $120,063.
Middle class in California ranges between $53,000 to $67,000 according to the survey.
To see the data mapped out and check our more Southern California neighborhoods, visit the Rich Block, Poor Blocks website.