Carlsbad

Carlsbad

The railroad's arrival in 1904 led to growth in Carlsbad, and in 1952 it was officially incorporated as a city.

Welcome to Carlsbad

Carlsbad is an idyllic coastal city located just north of San Diego and adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. It offers a unique combination of beach living, small-town charm, and urban amenities that appeal to any looking for a community-centered slice of paradise.

The railroad's arrival in 1904 led to growth in Carlsbad, and in 1952 it was officially incorporated as a city. Carlsbad grew steadily throughout the 1950s and 1960s and has since become one of Southern California's most popular tourist destinations.

Today, downtown Carlsbad is home to numerous high-end shopping centers and malls. These buildings feature an array of architectural styles, from modern glass and steel structures to more traditional Spanish colonial designs. Many of the shopping centers are designed with elements from both styles, creating an exciting mix of old and new, much like the vibe of the city itself.

What to Love 

  • Top-tier restaurants with a variety of cuisines
  • Family oriented with tons of activities for all ages
  • Nature-focused with scenic views

Local Lifestyle

Residents of Carlsbad enjoy a relaxed yet vibrant lifestyle. The beautiful beaches and stunning ocean views draw people from all over to enjoy the unique outdoor activities throughout the year. For example, running, cycling, surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kiteboarding are all popular activities. Year-round sunny weather also allows locals to enjoy outdoor activities at almost any time of the day. There are also a number of parks and trails that enable residents to explore the beautiful natural surroundings.

When it's time for a break from the outdoors, locals can take advantage of the city's many cultural attractions. The city boasts several museums, art galleries, performance venues, and even a couple of breweries. 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Residents have no shortage of excellent dining options in the area. Nick’s on State is a neighborhood staple and serves classic American food with a modern twist. Jeune et Jolie is a French-inspired eatery featuring dishes with local produce and seafood. The restaurant also offers a variety of wines to pair with your meal. The décor is modern yet still cozy, making it a perfect place to gather with friends and family. 

The atmosphere at the wood-fired restaurant, Campfire, has a rustic and inviting feel. They also have a cozy outdoor patio area where guests can enjoy their meals in the open air. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is an ice cream shop serving Carlsbad since 1989.

Windmill Food Hall is an indoor food court housing several different local restaurants. Guests can choose from dozens of options, including Mexican tacos, Asian noodles, and Mediterranean cuisine. The hall also has a bar where you can grab drinks or delicious desserts like crepes and waffles. This place is great for anyone who wants to try something new or enjoy a variety of flavors in one spot.

Things to Do

Legoland is an iconic attraction in Carlsbad. The theme park is filled with rides, shows, and attractions for children of all ages. It has a waterpark, playgrounds, and even a mini-golf course. It is a great experience for families who love to get creative while having fun.

Carlsbad Village is another one of the town’s main attractions. It is a popular shopping district filled with boutique stores, art galleries, and several excellent restaurants. There are plenty of activities to choose from while exploring the village, like watching street performers in the park or admiring the unique architecture and landscape.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is an incredible sight to behold during its annual bloom season. This 50-acre site has lots of different species of flowers, ranging from daisies to poppies to lupines. A top-notch golf course in the area is Aviara Golf Club. With stunning ocean views and multiple championship tees for golfers of any level, this 18-hole course has five distinct 9-hole combinations sure to impress every guest. 

A day spent shopping isn’t complete without a visit to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, which offer a great selection of stores and products. The area also has many restaurants and entertainment options, such as movie theatres and mini-golf courses.

Schools

Carlsbad is served by the Carlsbad Unified School District. Top-tier educational opportunities include:


Overview for Carlsbad, CA

114,858 people live in Carlsbad, where the median age is 42.5 and the average individual income is $61,943. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

114,858

Total Population

42.5 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$61,943

Average individual Income

Around Carlsbad, CA

There's plenty to do around Carlsbad, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

21
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
19
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
23
Minimal Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Sunset Bay Candy, Happy Ebikes Corporate, and Dimensional Fitness Concepts.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.08 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.12 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.15 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.94 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.48 miles 74 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.94 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Carlsbad, CA

Carlsbad has 44,350 households, with an average household size of 2.58. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Carlsbad do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 114,858 people call Carlsbad home. The population density is 3,040.73 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

114,858

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.5

Median Age

49.59 / 50.41%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
44,350

Total Households

2.58

Average Household Size

$61,943

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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White Collar:

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Carlsbad, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Carlsbad. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
La Costa Valley Preschool & Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
La Costa Canyon High
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
El Camino Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Mission Estancia Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
La Costa Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 6th
5/5
Discovery Isle - Carlsbad
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Carlsbad Village Academy
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
1/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Leport School - Carlsbad Village
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Aspirations School Of Learning
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Carlsbad Seaside Academy
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
Poinsettia Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Beautiful Saviour Lutheran School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
St Patrick Catholic School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Carlsbad Country Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Aviara Oaks Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Calavera Hills Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
La Costa Meadows Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Pacific Ridge School
PRIVATE
7th - 12th
No rating available
Redeemer By The Sea Lutheran Kindergarten&preschl
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Buena Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Jefferson Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Calavera Hills Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

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