Livability Awards

A+ Carlsbad Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Carlsbad Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than New Mexico
8911% less expensive than the US average
New Mexico
928% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carlsbad cost of living
F Carlsbad Crime Total crime is 20% lower than New Mexico
Total crime
3,40232% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3032% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-22%Year over year crime is down
Carlsbad crime
C- Carlsbad Employment Household income is 28% higher than New Mexico
Median household income
$58,2925% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$25,67314% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%26% lower than the US average
Carlsbad employment
B Carlsbad Housing Home value is 22% lower than New Mexico
Median home value
$125,30032% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$82014% lower than the US average
Home ownership
69%8% higher than the US average
Carlsbad real estate or Carlsbad rentals
F Carlsbad Schools HS graduation rate is equal to New Mexico
High school grad. rates
80%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
23%54% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Carlsbad K-12 schools or Carlsbad colleges

Living in Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. The city has a population of 28,079 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (91% White). Given that fact, Carlsbad could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Carlsbad are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 23% of the population also speak Spanish.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Carlsbad and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Carlsbad to New Mexico and the national average.

Using data and statistics Carlsbad has received a livability score of 71/100. This score is ranked in the 67th percentile when compared to all other cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that Carlsbad ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+), weather (B) and housing (B). Carlsbad does not fare well for the following: crime (F) and education (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Carlsbad on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carlsbad: Bat Flight Program im Carlsbad Cavern National Park, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, and Pecos River.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Carlsbad can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Carlsbad. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Carlsbad are affordable. The median home price for Carlsbad homes is $125,300, which is 22.5% lower than the New Mexico 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 2.2, which is 37.1% lower than the New Mexico average.

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      Bigger isn't always better

      Carlsbad right now is going through a historic oil boom. The good ? If you cannot find a job, you are not really trying. The job market is so tight that even low skill jobs can get some pretty good wages. Carlsbad Caverns is nearby and definitely worth seeing. The bad ? The town has tripled in size, and it is VERY hard to find a place to live. Rents are ridiculusly high ( $ 1400 a month for a 600 square foot apartment ), and the local motels/hotels gouge the public with New York City rates ( $400 A NIGHT in a three star motel ! ). There are numerous " man camps" throughout the city, which are trailers apon trailers streching the city's water resources to the breaking point. With the high wages,the cost of food/ basic services have gone through the roof. The locals are up in arms about this, and are resentful towards the oilfield people. The weather is decent if you like blowing dust in the Spring & 100 degree's plus temperatures from late Spring & throughout the summer going to the beginning of Fall. Noticedthat area vibes says Carlsbad averages 84 degrees- My ass !!!Oh, and did I mention that Carlsbad is floating in meth ? It would be prudent to invest in home alarm systems. The thieves have brass balls here. Cars' boats, and RV's have been known to vanish out of people's yards in broad daylight. If you desperately need a job & go to Carlsbad,be prepared to live in your car/trailer for awhile.
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      Overrun by Oil Population

      - Drug use among teens is very high.- only 2 grocery stores.- lots and lots of oil workers everywhere.- lots and lots of mancaps around town to support oil production.- town is run down and old looking.
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      Oil, Mining and Small Town Comforts

      Generally, in the four years that I have lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico, it’s a pretty decent place to live. On one hand, it is a small town that finds itself quite far from big cities. This can be a problem when looking at options for entertainment and shopping. Outside of the caverns the only thing I think it’s worth noting is that the town is filled with a diverse and friendly population.

      The oilfield, mining and Hispanic cultures are mainstays of the town. As a result the city has been growing for some time now, and I don’t think anyone who wants to move here would have d a problem looking for work. The oilfield is a major employer here.

      That said, if you have a family, I would recommend somewhere else. On the bases of the school system being okay and the amenities we have for younger folk may not be what dreams are may of, but for indivuals it’s a nice town with opportunity for growth and travel.
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      Source: The Carlsbad, NM data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).