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Overview

Introduction to Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad, New Mexico is 116 miles W of Odessa, Texas and 140 miles E of El Passo, Texas. It is in Eddy County. The population of the city is 25,625.

Carlsbad History

The community was originally named Eddy in 1888. In 1893, the area was organized as a municipal corporation. The town was renamed after Bohemia’s famous spa "Carlsbad." Carlsbad was proclaimed a city in 1918.

Carlsbad and nearby Attractions

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
  • Brantley Lake State Park
  • Living Desert State Park
  • J J Hagerman House Historic Site
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Things To Do In Carlsbad

The J J Hagerman House Historic Site, the Eddy and Bissell Livestock Company Headquarters Historic Site, the Eddy National Bank Historic Site and the Popes Wells Site are all in the area as well.

Carlsbad Transportation

Cavern City Airport is the closest airport.

Carlsbad Higher Education

Higher education is offered by the College of the Southwest-Carlsbad, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, Odessa College, Sul Ross State University, Midland College and The University of Texas at El Paso.

People

Total Population 27,592
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,266
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.1%
Median Earnings25+ $36,505
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,563
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,456

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,896
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $775
Median House Value $118,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.3%
Irish 6.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carlsbad Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 116 miles W of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 140 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Eddy
Standard Zip Codes 88220
P.O. Box Zip Codes 88221
Phone Area Codes 505
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.42
Longitude -104.228

Carlsbad Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CARLSBAD
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 79 F
Jul Temp 68 to 96 F
Oct Temp 47 to 79 F
Annual Precip 14.1 inches
Station WASTE ISOLTN PILOT PLT
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 59 F
Apr Temp 47 to 80 F
Jul Temp 68 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 80 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station RED BLUFF DAM
Distance 39.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 62 F
Apr Temp 48 to 84 F
Jul Temp 69 to 98 F
Oct Temp 50 to 82 F
Annual Precip 12.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carlsbad, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carlsbad Caverns National Pa (88220)

Happy Valley (88220)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Loving 1,451 $33,194

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carlsbad Public Libraries

Library
Carlsbad Public Library
101 S. HALAGUENO
Carlsbad, New Mexico
(505) 885-0731

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Carlsbad Hospitals

CARLSBAD MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
2430 W PIERCE
(505) 887-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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CARLSBAD HIGH
3000 WEST CHURCH STREET
505-887-3511
Serves 1,828 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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