About Carlsbad

The Southern California coastal city of Carlsbad is part of San Diego County, roughly 90 miles south of Los Angeles and just over 30 miles from downtown San Diego. A resort city, Carlsbad is divided into four quadrants: Northwest; Northeast; Southwest; and Southeast. The McClellan-Palomar Airport is located in the city's Northeast quadrant.

With an estimated population of 108,985, and an average household income of $65,745.50, the 39 square mile city includes the ZIP codes 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92013 and 92018.

Carlsbad Shopping

Carlsbad shopping ranges from local and upscale boutiques and galleries to national outlet chains.

Popular shopping destination, The Forum, has 56 stores and dining establishments, with national chains and local shops. Shopping destinations also include the popular tourist spot, California Wear that sells national brands along with local originals; Carlsbad Premium Outlets in North San Diego County; the Carlsbad Village Art and Antique Mall on State Street in downtown Carlsbad; and many others.

Utilities in Carlsbad

The majority of Carlsbad residents receive utilities directly from the City of Carlsbad for a single fee if they reside in the Carlsbad Municipal Water District; others receive utilities from other suppliers, depending on district location.

Residents in the two southern quadrants of the city receive utilities from the following:

Olivenhain Municipal Water District

Leucadia Wastewater District

Vallecitos Water District

Waste Management

Carlsbad Business Climate

Manufacturing is the largest sector employer in the city, followed by wholesale trade, professional (including scientific and technical) services and food services/eating establishments. Carlsbad is home to many businesses in the manufacturing sector, notably golf sports equipment manufacturers TaylorMade-Adidas, Callaway, and Titleist; as well as biotechnology companies, including Life Technologies, the city's largest manufacturing sector employer.

The city is the headquarters for a diverse array of businesses, including: Jenny Craig, Upper Deck, PC Power and Cooling, semiconductor company MaxLinear Inc., Sierra Wireless, the Gemological Institute of America and the planned airline, California Pacific Airlines, to be headquartered at the McClellan -Palomar Airport.

Carlsbad Government

In 2008, Carlsbad voted to become a charter city; it is in the 38th Senate District of California and the 74th Assembly District. The Carlsbad city government is comprised of an elected mayor along with four city council members, elected at large. Carlsbad city government has no term limits.