Carlsbad 80 Exceptional
Carlsbad Livability #82 ranked city in California#3,004 ranked city in the USARanks better than 89% of areas
A+ Carlsbad Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Carlsbad Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% higher than California
17575% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carlsbad cost of living
B+ Carlsbad Crime Total crime is 31% lower than California
Total crime
1,77224% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5724% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Carlsbad crime
B+ Carlsbad Employment Household income is 52% higher than California
Median household income
$97,14576% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,34965% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%17% lower than the US average
Carlsbad employment
C- Carlsbad Housing Home value is 65% higher than California
Median home value
$674,400265% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,83093% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%equal to the US average
Carlsbad real estate or Carlsbad rentals
A Carlsbad Schools HS graduation rate is 18% higher than California
High school grad. rates
94%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:135% higher than the US average
Carlsbad K-12 schools
A+ Carlsbad User Ratings There are a total of 32 ratings in Carlsbad
Overall user rating
86% 32 total ratings
User reviews rating
95% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
84% 30 total surveys
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      Living in Carlsbad, CA

      Located in the state of California, Carlsbad is a mid-sized city with a population of 112,008 inhabitants. The majority of Carlsbad residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. 80% of the people in Carlsbad (over the age of 15) are married and 58% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Living in Carlsbad can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Carlsbad and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and other important metrics.

      Carlsbad has a livability score of 79 out of 100 and is ranked #93 in California and #2,038 in the USA. Based on this score, Carlsbad would be considered a very livable city! Another exciting tidbit, is that Carlsbad ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Carlsbad ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A-), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (B+). On a less positive note, Carlsbad does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Carlsbad has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carlsbad: Legoland California, Carlsbad State Beach, and Carlsbad Village.

      The average school test scores in Carlsbad are 67%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Assuming that Carlsbad meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Carlsbad. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Carlsbad are simply unattainable. The median home price for Carlsbad homes is $674,400, which is 64.8% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Carlsbad, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 6.9, which is 7.8% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Carlsbad area were 5.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Carlsbad transportation information

      Average one way commute29min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.1%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.2%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.0%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home11.7%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Carlsbad, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).