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Population: 114,622
Seaside village with global corporate portfolio


Carlsbad is a seaside city with 7 miles of beaches and 113,725 residents. Home to some of the region’s most innovative companies and industries, Carlsbad is one of the more educated cities, with more than 42 percent of its population holding a Bachelor’s degree of higher.

In 2015, Men’s Journal named Carlsbad one of the top 10 places to live. With an unparralleled quality of life comes strong industry clusters such as information & communications technology, life sciences, action sports manufacturing and clean technology. These industries represent some of the most innovative companies in San Diego – from genome sequencing, to manufacturing of advanced satellites and the development of robotic vehicles used for the military and the future of transportation.

In addition to its innovation economy, Carlsbad is home to some of the region’s most iconic attractions: LEGOLAND California and the Carlsbad Flower Fields.

Main Industries

Information & Communications Technology

Life Sciences

Action Sports Manufacturing

Clean Technology

Carlsbad Highlights

  • Carlsbad has the highest level of education attainment of the five cities along the 78 Corridor, with close to 43 percent of its population having attained a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Carlsbad also boasts the highest percentage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) degrees of the five cities – with close to 23 percent of degrees in a STEM field.
  • More than 2.9 percent of Carlsbad’s population has a Ph.D, more than both the San Diego County and national average.
  • Carlsbad companies are driving innovation, with nearly 12 patents issued per 1,000 workers. 

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