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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 112,008. 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
$674,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,830
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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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
    107
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    29
    41
  • Robbery
    43
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    321
    500
  • Theft
    1,436
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    145
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$97,145
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

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Carlsbad Reviews

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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!
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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.
Carlsbad is a great city in many regards! It feels like a small town, but has many resources, modern restaurants, and wonderful public schools. With that said, the cost of living is relatively high, even for Southern California, and there is little diversity. I would highly recommend it to anyone who values an active lifestyle! There are multiple nature preserves with miles upon miles of trails, the beach, and many different fitness studios. The commute isn't something to savor...I truly believe the positives far outweigh the negatives though!