Nicknamed “the village by the sea,” Carlsbad is a popular seaside tourist city in North County San Diego. With an estimated population of 112,299 people in the city is 87 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego.
Carlsbad’s Mediterranean climate averages 263 sunny days per year with mild winters and sees only occasional rain. Just over 39 square miles (101 km2) and located “west of the 5,” (Interstate 5) it’s right on the coast.
A Great Place for Families
According to 2011 census data, 67.5% of the population consists of families of which 30% have children under the age of 18 living with them. There’s a very low incidence of crime here also.
It’s a great place to live for many reasons. You can see evidence of this just from the population growth. As of the 2000 census there were 78,247 people living in Carlsbad. And since then, the population has grown by over 40% to an estimated 112,299 people as of 2014. The median age was 40.4 years and the population breakdown is as follows: 24.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% aged 18 to 24, 26.7% aged 25 to 44, people 28.8% aged 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older (source: trulia.com).
There’s a Lot Happening Here
The largest employers in Carlsbad include ViaSat Inc. (tele-communications company), Life Technologies Corporation, LEGOLAND California, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa and Taylor Made-Adidas Golf Company. Many major corporations are headquartered in Carlsbad as well, including Cobra Golf, Callaway Golf, No Fear apparel and Jenny Craig just to name a few.
Carlsbad still maintains quiet small town atmosphere. It’s charming downtown is filled with sidewalk cafés, boutique shops, and antique stores. Carlsbad Village is a great place to take an evening stroll, hit a few coffee shops, stop for dinner or catch some live music or other regular events.
This is a really relaxed place to live, ideal for experiencing the outdoors with great beaches, plenty of casual and active things to do (including LEGOLAND California resort and the Sea Life Aquarium as well as modern shopping centers).
Golf is another big attraction in Carlsbad with courses like Aviara at Park Hyatt Resort, the Crossings Golf Course, Omni La Costa Golf Course and Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club. In total there are over 20 courses within 10 miles of the center of Carlsbad.
With plenty of parks and public recreational activities along with active libraries and cultural arts programs you won’t have a hard time filling your schedule. Marathons, festivals, street fairs also enhance the attraction of Carlsbad. You’ll also find senior centers with fitness, dance and numerous other active programs for the young at heart.
And with 3 lagoons, a lake, and 7 miles of beaches, you have every chance to swim, surf, fish, dive or picnic, in a truly picturesque setting.
There are four different school districts in Carlsbad that also intertwine with neighboring cities. There are three public high schools, three public schools with independent study programs, 15 public elementary schools, and 7 private schools.
The Scripps Coastal Medical Center is located in Carlsbad and the Tri-city Medical Center in neighboring Oceanside is only 4.8 miles and the Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas is only 5.5 miles from the center. There are 18 total hospitals within 30 miles of Carlsbad.
Now we’ll take a look at the various retirement housing options in Carlsbad.
Where to retire in Carlsbad, CA?