Located in North County as part of San Diego County, the seaside resort-town of Carlsbad hosts over 105,000 residents and is one of the most expensive coastal cities in the county. This also means that Carlsbad is one of the highest-income places in the world, too. Incorporated in 1952, the town was originally established to generate sufficient funding to connect a water pipeline south to the city of San Diego and to avoid the land being annexed by Oceanside.
Today, Carlsbad is known for its coastal location, scenic beauty, low population density, thriving commercial and industrial sectors, upscale housing, high performing school districts, and relatively high standard of living in comparison to most other towns and places in California. Forbes Magazine ranked Carlsbad as one of the most expensive zip codes in the nation.
The award winning Carlsbad Unified School District operates most of the schools in the community except for a few campuses in South Carlsbad that are operated by the Encinitas Union School District. Carlsbad High School and La Costa Canyon High School are the two headlining schools, both of which have some of the best results out of all Californian public schools. Testing scores for schools and students in Carlsbad consistently beat the state and national averages.
Carlsbad is comprised of several smaller neighborhoods that together form the common community that most residents have come to love and cherish. Each one of Carlsbad’s neighborhoods is known for a special trait or characteristic and each one contributes a small slice of culture to the interesting local dynamic. Some of the more well-known neighborhoods include Carlsbad Village, The Barrio, Olde Carlsbad, Calavera Hills, Summerhouse, The Colony, Tanglewood, Robertson Ranch, Sunny Creek, The Summit, Bressi Ranch, La Costa Greens, La Costa Oaks, La Costa Ridge, La Costa Valley, Rancho Carillo, Ponto, and Aviara.
A number of intriguing attractions are also located in Carlsbad and attract thousands of visitors to come through the town each year. Some of the more popular places to visit and see include Legoland California and Sea Life Centre, Cinema Air Museum, Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch, Carlsbad Beaches, Carlsbad Skatepark, Batiquitos Lagoon, Buena Vista Lagoon, Carlsbad Lagoon, Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad Village Farmers' Market , The Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Ron-Ron's Farmer's Market, and the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad Village New Village Arts Theatre.