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Overview

Introduction to Carlsbad, California

The suburban city of Carlsbad is located in northern San Diego County, California. Surrounded by mountains, lagoons and the Pacific Ocean, the city is situated on the Pacific Coast about 35 miles north of San Diego and about 60 miles south of Anaheim. Along with the cities of Vista and Oceanside, Carlsbad forms a third leg in what is called the "Tri-City Area" of the county.

Incorporated in 1952, Carlsbad is a "general law" city, meaning that the city follows the general laws of the State of California as opposed to having a city charter of its own. The city is governed by a City Council, whose four members, along with the Mayor, are elected officials who serve a four-year term of office.

The modern-day story of Carlsbad can be traced to the digging of wells in the late 19th century and the discovery that the drinking water from those wells possessed chemical characteristics very similar to a very famous European spa located in Carlsbad, Czech Republic. To capitalize on this find, a partnership named the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was founded. The naming of the town followed shortly thereafter along with a major marketing campaign to attract visitors. Present-day Carlsbad is a full service city whose industries include a major regional shopping center, hotels, high technology businesses, electronics, golf apparel and equipment manufacturers, industrial parks, and ongoing land and housing development serving a variety of community types. Carlsbad is home to children's book publisher Big Guy Books, and also to the headquarters of the Gemological Institute of America.

Attractions in and around Carlsbad

Carlsbad is the home of LEGOLAND California, a family entertainment park specifically geared towards children ages 2-12 and featuring rides, shows and attractions. Other sites of interest in Carlsbad include:

  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch
  • Carlsbad Skatepark
  • Museum of Making Music
  • Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market
  • The Carlsbad Premium Outlets
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch

Carlsbad's proximity to both San Diego and Anaheim affords residents and visitors easy access to several popular California attractions, including the following:

  • Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure Park (Anaheim)
  • Knott's Soak City & and Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park)
  • Sea World (San Diego)
  • Balboa Park (San Diego)
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park

A variety of professional sports teams reside within comfortable driving distance of Carlsbad. Some of these are:

  • Baseball (Major Leagues):
    • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    • San Diego Padres
  • Baseball (Minor Leagues):
    • San Diego SurfDawgs (Golden Baseball League: unaffiliated)
  • NFL Football:
    • San Diego Chargers
  • NHL Hockey:
    • Anaheim Mighty Ducks

Demographics

People

Total Population113,147
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+54,131
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married56.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher58.1%
Median Earnings25+$62,816
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,752
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,519

Wealth

Median Family Income$121,005
% Above Poverty Level93.4%
% Below Poverty Level6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home12.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone23.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,918
Median House Value$713,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.4%
German16.6%
Irish14.6%
English12.1%
Italian7.6%
Polish4%
French Except Basque3.4%
Russian2.3%
Scottish2.3%
Norwegian2.2%
Swedish1.9%
Dutch1.6%
Greek0.8%
Iranian0.8%
Swiss0.8%
Portuguese0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Czech0.5%
US/American0.5%
Arab0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
African0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
South African0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Australian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
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Carlsbad Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Diego County
Standard Zip Codes92008, 92010, 92009, 92011
P.O. Box Zip Codes92018, 92013
Phone Area Codes760, 442
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.16
Approximate Longitude-117.34

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)

StationOCEANSIDE MARINA
Distance5 miles
Jan Temp45 to 64 F
Apr Temp51 to 65 F
Jul Temp63 to 72 F
Oct Temp56 to 71 F
Annual Precip11.1 inches
StationCAMP PENDLETON MCAS
Distance9.8 miles
Jan Temp42 to 69 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches
StationSAN PASQUAL ANIMAL PK
Distance20.7 miles
Jan Temp39 to 70 F
Apr Temp46 to 76 F
Jul Temp58 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 83 F
Annual Precip14 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Encinitas62,595$131,020
Oceanside174,811$72,964
San Marcos93,493$83,367
Solana Beach13,362$121,517
Vista99,496$64,332

Carlsbad Public Libraries

Carlsbad City Library
1775 DOVE LANE
Carlsbad, California
(760) 602-2011

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Carlsbad Public Schools

Buena Vista Elementary
1330 Buena Vista Way
ZIP: 92008
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Calavera Hills Elementary
4100 Tamarack Ave.
ZIP: 92008
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Calavera Hills Middle
4104 Tamarack Ave.
ZIP: 92008
Middle
Total Enrollment 458
Carlsbad High
3557 Monroe St.
ZIP: 92008
High
Total Enrollment 2685
Carlsbad Seaside Academy
3557 Monroe St.
ZIP: 92008
High
Total Enrollment 47
Carlsbad Village Academy
3557 Monroe St.
ZIP: 92008
High
Total Enrollment 72
Hope Elementary
3010 Tamarack Ave.
ZIP: 92008
Primary
Total Enrollment 619
Jefferson Elementary
3743 Jefferson St.
ZIP: 92008
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Kelly Elementary
4885 Kelly Dr.
ZIP: 92008
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Magnolia Elementary
1905 Magnolia Ave.
ZIP: 92008
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Valley Middle
1645 Magnolia Ave.
ZIP: 92008
Middle
Total Enrollment 1027
Aviara Oaks Elementary
6900 Ambrosia Ln.
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 693
Carrillo Elementary
2875 Poinsettia Ln.
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 1058
El Camino Creek Elementary
7885 Paseo Aliso
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 705
La Costa Heights Elementary
3035 Levante St.
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 703
La Costa Meadows Elementary
6889 El Fuerte St.
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 948
Mission Estancia Elementary
3330 Calle Barcelona
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary
8000 Calle Acervo
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 667
Pacific Rim Elementary
1100 Camino De Las Ondas
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 866
Poinsettia Elementary
2445 Mica Rd.
ZIP: 92009
Primary
Total Enrollment 552
Sage Creek High
3900 Cannon Rd.
ZIP: 92010
High
Total Enrollment 722
Aviara Oaks Middle
6880 Ambrosia Ln.
ZIP: 92011
Middle
Total Enrollment 1093

Carlsbad Private Schools

Army & Navy Academy
2605 Carlsbad Blvd
ZIP: 92008
Secondary
Total Enrollment 305
Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School
3030 Valley St
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Bright Horizons
2634 El Camino Real
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Carlsbad Country Day School
5150 Hemingway Dr Bldg
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Carlsbad Montessori School
740 Pine Ave
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Casa Montessori De Carlsbad
3470 Madison St
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Montessori Arts & Sciences School
3016 Highland Dr
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 34
St Patrick Catholic School
3820 Pio Pico Dr
ZIP: 92008
Elementary
Total Enrollment 476
La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten
2276 Calle Barcelona
ZIP: 92009
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Pacific Ridge School
6269 El Fuerte St
ZIP: 92009
Secondary
Total Enrollment 432
Discovery Isle - Carlsbad
6130 Paseo Del Norte
ZIP: 92011
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Kindercare Learning Center-carlsbad
1200 Plum Tree Rd
ZIP: 92011
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
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