Carlsbad, NM
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Carlsbad is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Mexico. With a population of 28,914 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Carlsbad is the tenth largest community in New Mexico.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Carlsbad is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carlsbad is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Carlsbad who work in office and administrative support (12.54%), sales jobs (9.43%), and management occupations (8.17%).

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 18.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Carlsbad is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Carlsbad, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The percentage of adults in Carlsbad who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.21% of the adults in Carlsbad have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Carlsbad in 2010 was $25,673, which is wealthy relative to New Mexico, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $102,692 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Carlsbad, accounting for 47.70% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Carlsbad residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Carlsbad include Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.

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


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