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, Carlsbad isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Carlsbad are a mix 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Carlsbad is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Carlsbad area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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. 18.21% of adults 25 and older in Carlsbad have a college 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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