Carlsbad, CA
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Carlsbad is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 115,330 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Carlsbad is the 59th largest community in California.

Carlsbad home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Carlsbad real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Carlsbad is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carlsbad is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carlsbad who work in management occupations (17.97%), sales jobs (13.57%), and business and financial occupations (9.07%).

Also of interest is that Carlsbad has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.33% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One of the nice things about Carlsbad is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Carlsbad. 58.13% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Carlsbad in 2010 was $52,560, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,240 for a family of four.

Carlsbad is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Carlsbad home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carlsbad residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Carlsbad also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carlsbad include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Carlsbad is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.