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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Carlsbad is a city in California with a population of 113,147. Carlsbad is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Carlsbad offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Carlsbad there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Carlsbad and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Carlsbad are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$713,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,918
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Carlsbad Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    148
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    26
    41
  • Robbery
    40
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    375
    500
  • Theft
    1,420
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    121
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Carlsbad

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$102,722
National
$55,322
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Carlsbad Reviews

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I have lived in Carlsbad for two years and attended La Costa Canyon High School. Overall, I have always felt safe in the community and have had many opportunities for education, work and play. I especially love going to the beach and the movie theater on the weekends!
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The scenery is beautiful, you're right next to to the ocean and you're surrounded by some of the best southern California towns including: Encinitas, Del Mar, & Orange county. It's a great place to raise a family or start a business!
Wonderful city nestled next to the beach. You are far enough from down town SanDiego to enjoy the night life there (accessible by the Coaster - if you don't want to drive). But it also has it's own party/bar scene in the downtown area. Just wear your jeans and flip-flops and you'll fit right it. Lots of great Mexican food choices -- go to Garcia's! Go for a walk on the boardwalk and enjoy a sunset. Or go hiking in the hills a bit more inland. Yes, LEGOLAND is there but unless you have a five year old, it's not worth the money (Everything is sun/water damaged and needs spruced up, which I would expect they do with the money they get) - you're better off with a free day at the beach.