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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Carlsbad is a town in New Mexico with a population of 28,838. Carlsbad is in Eddy County. Living in Carlsbad offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Carlsbad there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Carlsbad and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$137,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$946
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Carlsbad Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    370.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    75.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    48
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    339.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,177.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    377.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Carlsbad

Jobs
A+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$66,110
National
$55,322
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Carlsbad Reviews

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What u Luke most about Carlsbad would have to be that it is a small town and everyone knows each other. A lot of families are known to help out in the community. Schools are also involved with the community inviting everyone to join, something they do free burgers or t-shirts. When there is a holiday everyone gets together at the beach and celebrate all together. There are always local activities for kids and adults that everyone enjoys. Live music, outside movies and more. Living in a small town has its benefits, everyone knows each other which makes it better when you need help. Carlsbad is a small town but sure is a good place to live at.
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Great weather...that's about it. New Mexico in general is a dirty state...Carlsbad is typical. There is very little Civic pride; homes are not taken care of, people park on their lawns (leaving the driveway empty). Business development is nearly non existent (good ol' boy cronyism). People are nice enough yet still hard to feel welcome.
Carlsbad is a booming city that provides a start in the oil field and in mining engineering jobs. It gives a great experience to different engineer jobs. However, as the oil field booms, people from larger towns come to Carlsbad and the city grows very quick. The roads need to be upgraded and there are a few stores that lack for the amount of people that live here.