Carlsbad, NM Profile: Facts & Data


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Carlsbad, New Mexico - Basic Facts

The City of Carlsbad had a population of 28,689 as of July 1, 2018. Carlsbad ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New Mexico. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Carlsbad is located at latitude 32.4077 and longitude -104.2454 in Eddy County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carlsbad (see map below) encompass a land area of 28.91 sq. miles and a water area of 0.27 sq. miles. Eddy County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 3,100 feet.

The City of Carlsbad (GNIS ID: 2409985) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

New Mexico is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Carlsbad is located within Carlsbad Division of Eddy County.

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Carlsbad, NM Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 28,689
Population in Households 28,146
Population in Familes 22,696
Population in Group Qrtrs 543
Population Density2 992
Diversity Index3 72


Median Household Income $47,399
Average Household Income $62,357
Per Capita Income $24,729


Total Housing Units 12,417 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,278 (58.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,986 (32.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,153 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $114,578
Average Home Value $148,639


Total Households 11,264
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 7,436
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.14% 0.86%
Households 1.15% 0.87%
Families 0.92% 0.71%
Median Household Income   1.65%
Per Capita Income   1.84%

Carlsbad, NM - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carlsbad to the other 443 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New Mexico by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 98th
Population Density # 48 89th
Diversity Index # 121 73rd
Median Household Income # 125 72nd
Per Capita Income # 137 69th

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