Carlsbad, California

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Carlsbad, California
City
City of Carlsbad
Official seal of Carlsbad, California
Seal
Nickname(s): Village by the Sea
Location of Carlsbad within San Diego County, California.
Location of Carlsbad within San Diego County, California.
Carlsbad, California is located in USA
Carlsbad, California
Carlsbad, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°7′19″N 117°17′49″W / 33.12194°N 117.29694°W / 33.12194; -117.29694Coordinates: 33°7′19″N 117°17′49″W / 33.12194°N 117.29694°W / 33.12194; -117.29694
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
Incorporated July 16, 1952[1]
Government
 • Mayor Matt Hall[2]
Area[3]
 • Total 39.110 sq mi (101.295 km2)
 • Land 37.722 sq mi (97.699 km2)
 • Water 1.388 sq mi (3.596 km2)  3.55%
Elevation[4] 52 ft (16 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 105,328
 • Rank 5th in San Diego County
59th in California
256th in the United States
 • Density 2,700/sq mi (1,000/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 92008–92011, 92018
Area code(s) 442/760
FIPS code 06-11194
GNIS feature IDs 1660437, 2409984
City flower Bird­‐of­‐paradise[5]
Website www.carlsbadca.gov

Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile (11 km) stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego County, California. The city is located 87 miles (140 km) south of Los Angeles and 35 miles (56 km) north of downtown San Diego. Referred to as "The Village by the Sea" by locals, the city is a tourist destination. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2012, the city's population is 109,318.[6]

History[edit]

Statue of John Frazier

Carlsbad's history begins with the Luiseño people (the Spanish name given to them because of their proximity to Mission San Luis Rey). Nearly every reliable fresh water creek had at least one native village, including one called Palamai.[7] The site is located just south of today's Agua Hedionda Lagoon.[7]

The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolà expedition of 1769, met native villagers while camped on Buena Vista Creek.[8]

In the 1880s a former sailor named John Frazier dug a well in the area. He began offering his water at the train station and soon the whistle-stop became known as Frazier's Station. A test done on a second fresh-water well discovered the water to be chemically similar to that found in some of the most renowned spas in the world, and the town was named after the famed Spa in the Bohemian town of Karlsbad.[9]

To take advantage of the find, the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was formed by a German-born merchant from the Midwest named Gerhard Schutte together with Samuel Church Smith, D.D.Wadsworth and Henry Nelson. The naming of the town followed soon after, along with a major marketing campaign to attract visitors. The area experienced a period of growth, with homes and businesses sprouting up in the 1880s. Agricultural development of citrus fruits, avocados and olives soon changed the landscape. By the end of 1887, land prices fell throughout San Diego County. However, the community survived on the back of its fertile agricultural lands.

The site of John Frazier's original well can still be found at Alt Karlsbad, a replica of a German Hanseatic house, located on Carlsbad Boulevard.

The first modern skateboard park, Carlsbad Skatepark, was built here in March 1976.[10] It was located on the grounds of Carlsbad Raceway and was designed and built by inventors Jack Graham and John O'Malley.

In March 1999, Legoland California, the first Legoland theme park outside of Europe, now owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments,[11] opened in Carlsbad.

Carlsbad was incorporated to avoid annexation by its neighbor, Oceanside.[12]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.1 square miles (101 km2) of which 37.7 square miles (98 km2) are land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) are (3.55%) water, the majority of which is contained within three lagoons and one lake.

The northern area of the city is part of a tri-city area consisting of northern Carlsbad, southern Oceanside and western Vista.

Climate[edit]

Carlsbad has a Semi-Arid-Mediterranean Climate and averages 263 sunny days per year. Winters are mild with periodic rain. Frost is rare along the coast, but sometimes occurs in inland valleys in December and January. Summer is almost rain free, but sometimes overcast and cool with fog off the Pacific. While most days have mild and pleasant temperatures, hot dry Santa Ana winds bring high temperatures on a few days each year, mostly in the Fall.

Climate data for Carlsbad, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 87
(31)
90
(32)
90
(32)
93
(34)
101
(38)
93
(34)
103
(39)
94
(34)
108
(42)
105
(41)
100
(38)
90
(32)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 64
(18)
64
(18)
64
(18)
65
(18)
66
(19)
69
(21)
72
(22)
74
(23)
73
(23)
71
(22)
68
(20)
65
(18)
67.9
(19.9)
Average low °F (°C) 45
(7)
47
(8)
48
(9)
51
(11)
56
(13)
60
(16)
63
(17)
64
(18)
61
(16)
56
(13)
49
(9)
45
(7)
53.8
(12.1)
Record low °F (°C) 20
(−7)
28
(−2)
34
(1)
33
(1)
38
(3)
43
(6)
44
(7)
47
(8)
43
(6)
36
(2)
29
(−2)
27
(−3)
20
(−7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.42
(61.5)
2.23
(56.6)
2.11
(53.6)
0.92
(23.4)
0.23
(5.8)
0.09
(2.3)
0.02
(0.5)
0.13
(3.3)
0.29
(7.4)
0.43
(10.9)
0.92
(23.4)
1.34
(34)
11.13
(282.7)
Source: [13]


Carlsbad neighborhoods[edit]

The Old Santa Fe Depot, built in 1907, is a local landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places and currently houses the city's Visitor's Information Center.

For city planning and growth management purposes, Carlsbad is divided into four distinct quadrants.[14]

Northwest quadrant[edit]

The northwest quadrant of Carlsbad (ZIP code 92008) includes the downtown "Village," the Barrio, and "Old Carlsbad." It was the first part of Carlsbad to be settled; homes range from 1950s cottages and bungalows to elegant mansions on the hill overlooking the ocean. It is also home to Hosp Grove Park, a grove of trees relatively untouched by development and now designated by the city for recreational use, in addition to the Buena Vista and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. It is located west of El Camino Real and north of Palomar Airport Road.

"The Barrio" area is near downtown Carlsbad bordered by Carlsbad Village Drive to the north, Tamarack Avenue to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the railroad tracks to the west. It was settled by Latinos in the early 20th century.[15] It is the site of the Centro de Aprendizaje, a Spanish division of the Carlsbad City Library.[16]

Northeast quadrant[edit]

This quadrant (ZIP code 92010) consists mostly of single-family homes, with larger lots found in the older area known as Chestnut Hills. It is located east of El Camino Real and north of Palomar Airport Road.

Southeast quadrant[edit]

The southeast quadrant (ZIP code 92009) features several newer master-planned communities set among rolling hillsides, golf courses, and open space. Residents here are served by the award-winning Carlsbad Unified School District. It is located east of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road. It includes the La Costa neighborhood, which in 1965 gave its name to the Gold Medal Golf Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa, now known as the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.[17]

Southwest quadrant[edit]

This quadrant (ZIP code 92011) extends along the Pacific Ocean to the south of the center of Carlsbad. It includes the Aviara neighborhood. It is located west of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 4,383
1960 9,253 111.1%
1970 14,944 61.5%
1980 35,490 137.5%
1990 63,126 77.9%
2000 78,247 24.0%
2010 105,328 34.6%
Est. 2012 111,452 5.8%
[18]

2010/2011[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census[19] Carlsbad had a population of 105,328. The population density was 2,693.1 per square mile (1,039.8/km²). The racial makeup of Carlsbad was 87,205 (82.8%) White, 1,379 (1.3%) African American, 514 (0.5%) Native American, 7,460 (7.1%) Asian, 198 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 4,189 (4.0%) from other races, and 4,383 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13,988 persons (13.3%).

The Census reported that 104,413 people (99.1% of the population) lived in households, 459 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 456 (0.4%) were institutionalized.

Out of 39,964 households in 2011, there were 26,992 (67.5%) families, of which 12,345 (30.9%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 21,705 (54.3%) were married-couple families, 1,489 (3.7%) had a male householder with no wife present, and 3,798 (9.5%) had a female householder with no husband present. There were 12,972 (32.5%) nonfamily households, of which 10,198 (25.5%) were made up of a householder living alone and 3,299 (8.3%) were a householder living alone who was 65 years or over. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.10.

The population was spread out with 25,366 people (24.1%) under the age of 18, 6,718 people (6.4%) aged 18 to 24, 28,073 people (26.7%) aged 25 to 44, 30,373 people (28.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 14,798 people (14.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.4 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

There were 44,673 housing units at an average density of 1,142.2 per square mile (441.0/km²), of which 26,808 (64.8%) were owner-occupied, and 14,537 (35.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.6%. 69,855 people (66.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 34,558 people (32.8%) lived in rental housing units.

In 2011, the median household income was $85,743 and the median family income was $102,254, with 11.9% of households and 14.9% of families earning $200,000 or more.[20] Males had a median income of $80,590 versus $54,159 for females. The per capita income for the city was $42,712. About 6.8% of families and 8.4% of the population reported income below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Of the population 25 years and over, 95.7% graduated from high school and 51.3% held a bachelor's degree or higher. 65.2% of the population 16 years and over was in the labor force.

2000[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 78,247 people, 31,521 households, and 20,898 families residing in the city.[21] The population density was 2,090.2 people per square mile (806.9/km²). There were 33,798 housing units at an average density of 902.8 per square mile (348.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.6% Caucausian, 1.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 4.7% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.7% of the population.

There were 31,521 households out of which 30.7% contained children under the age of 18, 54.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of single individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The mean household size was 2.46 and the mean family size was 2.96.

23.3% of residents were under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. Among those 18 and older, there were 92.8 males for every 100 females.

Politics and government[edit]

In the state legislature, Carlsbad is located in the 38th Senate District, represented by Republican Mark Wyland, and in the 74th Assembly District, represented by Republican Martin Garrick.

In the United States House of Representatives, Carlsbad is in California's 49th congressional district, represented by Republican Darrell Issa[22]

Carlsbad voters in 2008 voted to make Carlsbad a charter city. City government is led by an elected mayor and four council members, elected at large.

Claude "Bud" Lewis had been mayor since 1986 and on the council since 1970. When he stepped down at the completion of his last four-year term in 2010, Carlsbad witnessed a heated battle pitting Matt Hall, a longtime city councilman, against fellow city councilman Keith Blackburn. Hall made pension reform the core issue of his campaign while Blackburn was supported by both the police and firefighter unions. Hall ultimately won by a significant margin, 46.5% to 40.7%, even though Blackburn had far more campaign signs and mailers, many of them funded by the unions.[23] The council race for 2010 was won by incumbent Mark Packard[24] and planning commissioner Farrah Douglas, who had run in 2008 but narrowly lost. Jon Wantz, a newcomer to Carlsbad politics, and frequent council candidate Bill Jubb also ran.[25]

The city has drafted ordinances protecting sensitive wildlife habitat, becoming one of the first municipalities in the U.S. state of California to do so. The city has also pledged to protect a specified amount of land within the city limits from development of any kind and spends significant funds to restore habitats destroyed by newer development projects.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to 2011 figures,[26] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer
1 Life Technologies Corporation
2 TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company (TMaG)
3 ViaSat
4 Callaway Golf
5 Legoland California
6 Genoptix (Novartis International)
7 Carlsbad Unified School District
8 Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
9 Park Hyatt Resort Aviara
10 City of Carlsbad

Notable corporate headquarters[edit]

Schools[edit]

School Districts
Public High
Public Intermediate
Public Interlevel
  • Carlsbad Seaside Academy (Independent Study)
Public Elementary
  • Aviara Oaks Elementary School
  • Buena Vista Elementary School
  • Calavera Hills Elementary School
  • Carlsbad Seaside Academy (K-6 Alternative Education)
  • El Camino Creek Elementary School
  • Hope Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Kelly Elementary School
  • La Costa Heights Elementary School
  • La Costa Meadows Elementary School
  • Magnolia Elementary School
  • Pacific Rim Elementary School
  • Poinsettia Elementary School
  • Mission Estancia Elementary School
  • Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School
Private Schools
  • Army and Navy Academy: Military Prep
  • Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Elementary School
  • Montessori Arts and Sciences School
  • Pacific Ridge School
  • Palisades Point Christian Academy
  • St. Patrick School
  • The Academy by the Sea: Camp Pacific

Public libraries[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Carlsbad has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Attractions[edit]

Maritime

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Elected Officials". City of Carlsbad. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer File - Places - California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Carlsbad". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "All About Carlsbad". City of Carlsbad. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
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  7. ^ a b Mary Robbins-Wade, COASTAL LUISENO: REFINING THE SAN LUIS REY COMPLEX, Articles of the SCA Proceedings, Volume 1, Society for California Archaeology, 1988, p.75 "The site is located within Luiseno territory according to ethnographic maps by Kroeber(1925), White(1963), and True, Meighan, and Crew(1974). The site and nearby satellites may be the village of Palamai, mapped by Kroeber(1925)."
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  10. ^ Carlsbad Skatepark Memorial, retrieved March 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Kinsman, Michael (July 14, 2005). "Control of Legoland parks sold". The San Diego Union Tribune. 
  12. ^ The Battle for Incorporation, at the Carlsbad Historical Society, retrieved January 12, 2014.
  13. ^ Average Weather for Carlsbad, CA
  14. ^ Quadrant Map, available at the City of Carlsbad's Growth Management page, retrieved March 1, 2012.
  15. ^ New effort begins on planning for Carlsbad's Barrio area, in North County Times, retrieved October 19, 2011.
  16. ^ Las Bibliotecas de Carlsbad, retrieved October 19, 2011.
  17. ^ The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Story
  18. ^ "New York City tops in population; 8 more cities above 1M". 
  19. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Carlsbad city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ [1] factfinder.census.gov
  21. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  22. ^ "California's 49th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. 
  23. ^ CARLSBAD: City's labor groups have nearly $90,000
  24. ^ Mark Packard: I am happy to announce...
  25. ^ Notice of Nominees for Public Office
  26. ^ Carlsbad at a Glance, published by the City of Carlsbad
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