|— City —|
|City of Carlsbad|
|Nickname(s): Village by the Sea|
|San Diego County, California.|
|• Mayor||Matt Hall|
|• 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||52 ft (16 m)|
|• 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 code||92008, 92009, 92010, 92011|
|Area code(s)||760, 442 (overlaid)|
|GNIS feature ID||1660437|
Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile (11 km) stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego County, California, United States. 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, Carlsbad's Mediterranean climate attracts visitors year-round to its quaint hotels and five-star luxury resorts. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had a population of 106,888 as of July 2011.
Carlsbad's history begins with the Luiseño people who located one of their villages, Palamai, near what is today Agua Hedionda Lagoon. 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.
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 world's first skateboard park, Carlsbad Skatepark, was built here in March 1976. It was located on the grounds of Carlsbad Raceway and was designed and built by inventors Jack Graham and John O'Malley.
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.
|Climate data for Carlsbad, California|
|Record high °F (°C)||87
|Average high °F (°C)||64
|Average low °F (°C)||45
|Record low °F (°C)||20
|Precipitation inches (mm)||2.42
Carlsbad neighborhoods 
For city planning and growth management purposes, Carlsbad is divided into four distinct quadrants.
- Northwest quadrant
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. It is the site of the Centro de Aprendizaje, a Spanish division of the Carlsbad City Library.
- Northeast quadrant
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
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 the award-winning Carlsbad Unified School District. It is located east of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road. It is also home to Southern California's only Gold Medal Golf Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa.
- Southwest quadrant
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.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Carlsbad had a population of 105,328. The population density was 2,693.1 people 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.
For 2011, the median income for a household in the city was $85,743 and the median income for a family was $102,254, with 11.9% of households and 14.9% of families earning $200,000 or more. 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.
Out of the population 25 years and over, 95.7% graduated 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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 78,247 people, 31,521 households, and 20,898 families residing in the city. 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.
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. Federally, Carlsbad is located in California's 50th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +14 and is represented by Republican Duncan D. Hunter.
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. The council race for 2010 was won by incumbent Mark Packard 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.
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.
Top employers 
According to 2011 figures, the top employers in the city are:
|1||Life Technologies Corporation|
|2||TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Company (TMaG)|
|6||Genoptix (Novartis International)|
|7||Carlsbad Unified School District|
|8||La Costa Resort and Spa|
|9||Park Hyatt Aviara Resort|
|10||City of Carlsbad|
Notable corporate headquarters 
- Arkeia Software, network backup solutions
- Atticus Clothing, Apparel
- AutoClaims Direct, Insurance claims technology firm
- Business.com, online B2B marketing platform
- California Pacific Airlines, a planned airline
- Callaway Golf Company, Golf equipment and apparel manufacturer
- Cobra Golf, Golf equipment and apparel manufacturer
- Fallen Footwear, Shoe company
- Gemological Institute of America, Headquarters
- Hay House, new age publisher
- Hot Dog on a Stick, restaurants
- Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks, restaurant
- Jazzercise, International dance fitness program
- Jenny Craig, Inc., Weight management
- Life Technologies, Biotechnology
- Macbeth Footwear, apparel
- MaxLinear, Semiconductors
- No Fear, apparel
- Osiris Shoes, Shoe company
- PC Power & Cooling, PC power supply manufacturer
- Razer USA Ltd, Computer peripherals manufacturer
- Rockstar San Diego, video game developer
- Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, Quick serve restaurants
- TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company, Golf equipment and apparel manufacturer
- Upper Deck, Sports and entertainment trading card manufacturer
- ViaSat, Inc, Satellite communications
- School Districts
- Carlsbad Unified School District
- Encinitas Union School District-for Elementary schools in South Carlsbad
- San Dieguito Union High School District-for Junior High and High schools in South Carlsbad
- San Marcos Unified School District-for schools in southeast Carlsbad
- Public High
- Public Intermediate
- Aviara Oaks Middle School
- Calavera Hills Middle School
- Valley Middle School
- 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
- 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 
Sister cities 
Notable former and current residents 
- Frank Alesia, character actor and television director
- Marcus Allen, college and professional football star
- Michael Austinmoore, of alternative rock band VAST
- Brian P. Bilbray, U.S. Congressman
- Ron Blair, bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- Adam Brody, American film and television actor; played Seth Cohen on The O.C.
- Chad Butler, drummer for Switchfoot
- Leo Carrillo, actor, cartoonist, conservationist and preservationist, and owner of Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad
- Brandon Chillar, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers
- Jim Cochran, pioneering organic strawberry farmer.
- Jonathan Compas, center for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- S.E. Cupp, journalist and political commentator
- David Díaz, Caldecott winning illustrator/author
- Jon Foreman, lead singer of alternative band Switchfoot
- Tim Foreman, brother of Jon Foreman and bassist for Switchfoot
- Ryan Gallant, professional skateboarder
- Troy Glaus, baseball player
- LeRoy Grannis, photographer
- Ryan Guy, football player for St. Patricks Athletic
- Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder and entrepreneur
- Michellie Jones, Pro Triathlete, 2006 Ironman World Champion, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist
- Josh Kalis, professional skateboarder
- Rod Laver, former world #1 Australian tennis player, retired in La Costa.
- Fred Lynn, baseball player
- Sal Masekela, son of musician Hugh Masekela. CHS graduate. TV host for Winter X Games on ESPN.
- Gregory R Nelson Sr., cofounder of DonJoy, Inc., present chairman and CEO of United Orthopedic Group
- Emily O'Brien, The Young and the Restless actress; 2003 graduate CHS
- Ron Packard, U.S. Congressman
- Jean Peters, movie actress and wife of Howard Hughes
- John Pugsley, libertarian political activist
- Bridget Regan, actress known for her role as Kahlan Amnell on Legend of the Seeker
- Boris Said, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car driver
- Brian Simo, NASCAR Nationwide Series race car driver
- Staciana Stitts, 2000 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist swimmer; graduate CHS
- Victor Villaseñor, bestselling author
- Barbara Werle, actress and dancer
- Sadie West, pornographic actress, 2010 AVN Award nominee – Best New Starlet Award
- Shaun White, professional snowboarder, skateboarder, and Winter Olympics Gold Medalist
- U.S. Census
- City of Carlsbad - History of Carlsbad, retrieved 2012-03-01.
- Carlsbad Skatepark Memorial, retrieved 2012-03-01.
- Kinsman, Michael (July 14, 2005). "Control of Legoland parks sold". The San Diego Union Tribune.
-  Carlsbad Historical Society
- Average Weather for Carlsbad, CA
- Quadrant Map, available at the City of Carlsbad's Growth Management page, retrieved 2012-03-1.
- New effort begins on planning for Carlsbad's Barrio area, in North County Times, retrieved 2011-10-19.
- Las Bibliotecas de Carlsbad, retrieved 2011-10-19.
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
-  factfinder.census.gov
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- CARLSBAD: City's labor groups have nearly $90,000
- Mark Packard: I am happy to announce...
- Notice of Nominees for Public Office
- Barnes, Mike (2011-03-04). "Character actor, director Frank Alesia dies". Hollywood Reporter (Reuters Canada). Retrieved 2011-03-14.
- Leo Carrillo Ranch
- Paris, Jay (2005-06-17). "Federer is Laver's Wimbledon favorite". North County Times. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
- Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2012, page C5, "Fred Lynn's Cautionary Tale"
- SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports - Winter X marks surfer's spot
- Today’s Local News » Restless no more
- "Barbara May Theresa Werle Obituary". U-T San Diego. 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- City of Carlsbad · Official website.
- Carlsbad City Library
- Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
- Carlsbad Historical Society