Carlsbad

A vibrant seaside community known for its mild year-round climate and sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean.

Welcome to Carlsbad

A bustling village by the sea with a strong sense of community
 
Carlsbad, California is a vibrant seaside community known for a mild year-round climate and sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Roughly a 30-minute drive from San Diego, Carlsbad is a great town for commuters, and economic and cultural opportunities abound in the town as well. With a wide range of architectural styles in play, from Spanish colonial to mid-century and contemporary, there’s something in Carlsbad for any homebuyer.

The community is largely residential, but some major corporations operate in Carlsbad as well. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful, both oceanfront and inland. That, coupled with a vibrant arts scene and tight-knit community, makes Carlsbad a great place to live, work, and play for anybody!
 

What to Love

  • Vibrant community 
  • Ocean atmosphere
  • Convenient highway access to San Diego
  • Ample opportunity for outdoor recreation

Local Lifestyle

Carlsbad has got a little bit of everything. It’s a flourishing town, but its location on the Pacific Coast gives it the distinct feel of a beach community. With a wonderful collection of small businesses, unique culture, entertainment, abundant outdoor activities, and a great set of coffee shops, and restaurants, Carlsbad has something for everyone.
 

Dining, Entertaining & Shopping

When getting to know Carlsbad, the number of dining and hospitality options can appear daunting at first, especially in a community of this size. A great place to start, especially if you’re in the mood for something casual and easygoing, is Pizza Port Brewery and Restaurant. Set a few blocks off the beach, this is a local favorite for fresh pizza and craft beer. Its location and ambiance provide a nice retreat after a day at the beach. The Compass, located just off bustling Carlsbad Boulevard, is another favorite. This approachable gastropub has a wide selection of burgers, salads, and entrees, as well as small plates and happy hour specials. Their patio is a nice area to take in the pleasant ocean air and enjoy a meal with friends or family.

If you’re celebrating an occasion, or simply craving something sophisticated, Campfire is a solid choice with innovative takes on classic American cuisine. As the name might suggest, their menu harkens playfully back to evenings spent around a campfire, and even includes s'mores among the dessert selections. For a perfect mix of whimsy and earthiness, Campfire is a wonderful place to spend an evening.

Feeling indecisive? Want to keep your options open? Don’t worry, Carlsbad has something for you. At The Windmill Food Hall, diners can choose between 13 food vendors. Options range from sushi and photo barbeque and Mediterranean, with a full bar and a coffee shop also available. If you’re out and about with a group, Windmill Food Hall is sure to leave everybody happy and full.
 

Things to Do

A seasonal highlight in Carlsbad is the opening of The Flower Fields to the public every spring. From March to Mother’s Day, this vast garden attracts those from near and far who come for the vast displays of flowers and myriad activities for all ages and interests.

Another attraction that draws people from all over the world is Legoland. The park includes rides, a water park, an aquarium, onsite hotels, and a new section dedicated to the Lego Movie. For children and those young at heart, there’s nothing like it.

Tamarack State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach are two prime locations for outdoor recreation. Both feature sweeping Pacific Ocean vistas and gorgeous sandy beaches.

The Leo Carrillo Ranch & Historic Park is a well-preserved ranch built by Hollywood actor Leo Carrillo. The ranch and surrounding land make for fascinating exploration and provide an engrossing lens into Carlsbad’s history and heritage.
 

Schools

Carlsbad is served by the Carlsbad Unified School District.

  • Poinsettia Elementary School

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.

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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 Food Made Fresh, Joni Emmenecker Fashion, and AK Martial Arts & Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 1.84 miles 33 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.23 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.36 miles 61 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.12 miles 22 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.75 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.48 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Carlsbad, CA

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Mixed Schools ()
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

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
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