Loving, NM

Situated along the banks of the Pecos River, Carlsbad was originally christened the Town of Eddy on September 15, 1888 and organized as a municipal corporation in 1893. With the improvement of the mineral springs with their valuable medicinal qualities north of town, the town changed the name to Carlsbad, after the famous European spa, Karlsbad. On March 25, 1918, the Governor proclaimed Carlsbad as a city.

With the discovery of the "Bat Cave" in 1901 and the establishment of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park on May 14, 1930, Carlsbad gained international recognition.

In 1925 potash was discovered near Carlsbad and for many years Carlsbad dominated the U. S. production of potash. With the decline in the potash market in the 1960s, the residents and leaders of Carlsbad lobbied for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Congress authorized the WIPP project in 1979 and construction of the project began in 1980. The DOE Carlsbad Area Office opened in 1993 and the first waste shipment arrived in 1999.

Carlsbad is located in southeastern New Mexico where US62/180 and US285 intersect. The world famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park is approximately 30 miles south. 

Demographics of Carlsbad

City of Carlsbad, NM

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Population

Total Population

28,419

Population
Growth Rate

0.69%

Median Age

39

Diversity Index

73.100

Housing & Income

Households

11,258

Total Housing Units

12,505


Owner Occupied

7,155

Renter Occupied

4,103

Vacant

1,247

Median Home Value

$151,882


Average Home Value

$186,834

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.79%


Per Capita Income

1.92%

Income Projection

Median Household

$69,284 $75,610


Average Household

$81,080 $88,891


Per Capita

$32,005 $35,204

Workforce

Total Businesses

1,170

Total Employed

13,506

Workers 16+

13,874

2021 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

115

Employed

2,320

2021 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

198

Employed

1,845

2021 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

95

Employed

1,617

2021 Public Administration

cp-industries

Businesses

70

Employed

1,362

2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

60

Employed

1,143

2021 Construction Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

71

Employed

1,077

Some
High School

1,705

Graduated
High School

5,943

Associates
Degree

1,868

Bachelor's
Degree

2,054

Graduate
Degree

1,494

Average Commute Time

20 min.



Resident Commuters

13,222

Non-Resident Commuters

138

Drive Alone

11,957

Carpooled

1,438

Public

140

Work At Home

157