A+ Carlsbad Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Carlsbad Cost of Living Cost of living is 24% higher than California
17474% 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 29% lower than California
Total crime
2,00722% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5022% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%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
67%37% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:135% higher than the US average
Carlsbad K-12 schools or Carlsbad colleges

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.

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Compare Carlsbad, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Cities Near Carlsbad, CA

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Solana Beach, CA8512.713,312
Newport Beach, CA8346.186,813
Laguna Woods, CA8338.316,347
Irvine, CA8243.4246,992
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Aliso Viejo, CA8236.450,219
Ladera Ranch, CA8231.827,121
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA8235.849,038
Del Mar, CA8114.44,312

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Great place to live

We have lived in Carlsbad for 10 years and it is the best place we have ever lived. Neighborhoods are safe, beaches are beautiful, schools are top notch. The downtown area is so nice. It is expensive however all beach cities are. The weather is perfect almost all the time. A true so cal beach culture.
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Overrated Shithole by the Sea

Angry middle age white drivers? Check. Superficial, fake, shallow people? Check. More angry road raging white drivers? Check. Nothing to see or do? Check. Mediocre Beaches? Check. Horrible Traffic? Check. Miles and miles and miles of business parks, roads, and strip malls? Check. Overpriced houses and living? Check.
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Carlsbad, CA: Both Charming And Thrilling

Carlsbad is a gorgeous city to see. I live north of the city in the Los Angeles area and found it to be a refreshing break. While I was there, in addition to visiting friends I visited Legoland. Legoland is the famous amusement park built to reflect the popular Lego building blocks. Also I found the Museum of Making Music to be an intriguing place; certainly any other music lover would enjoy this. Flower Fields is another beautiful place travelers must see.

My friends who live there absolutely love the city of Carlsbad. Everywhere I went in the city seemed clean and well-kept. My friends have lived there for their entire lives and said the Carlsbad crime rates are low compared to the rest of California. If I ever had to the urge to move, I would certainly consider Carlsbad. Since the city is so close to the beach, the climate is mild and the weather is always perfect. There are plenty of shopping options, fun and clean nightlife venues and excellent restaurants. The best ones are always the small hole-in-the-wall places close to the beach, which are found plentifully. I would highly recommend this city to anyone visiting or planning on moving.
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