Carlsbad, NM
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Carlsbad is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 28,957 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Carlsbad is the tenth largest community in New Mexico.

When you are in Carlsbad, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.33% of Carlsbad’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Carlsbad is a city of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carlsbad who work in office and administrative support (11.74%), sales jobs (7.95%), and management occupations (7.94%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Carlsbad spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.61 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Carlsbad citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.10% of adults 25 and older in Carlsbad have a college degree.

The per capita income in Carlsbad in 2010 was $24,845, which is upper middle income relative to New Mexico, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,380 for a family of four. However, Carlsbad contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Carlsbad is an extremely 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 Black or African-American. Carlsbad also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 46.56% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carlsbad include Irish, English, Polish, and Scottish.

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

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