Carlsbad Real Estate
Carlsbad is named for a popular 19th century spa in Europe. Luiseno Indians camped on the shores of its coastal lagoon for centuries before the arrival of Don Gaspar de Portola and Fr. Juan Crespi in 1769. Blazing the trail now known as El Camino Real, the conquistador & Franciscan priests were exploring Alta California for the King of Spain. It was during a rest stop, upwind from an old fishing camp, that their weary troops christened the lagoon for posterity: Agua Hedionda (Stinking Water). More troops and priests, sent to open up missions and pueblos to ensure Spain’s hold on its remote territory. Mission San Luis Rey was founded ten miles north of Agua Hedionda lagoon in 1798. Five years after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, the Franciscans lost their jurisdiction over the Indian converts. In 1833 the rich mission holdings were secularized, making them available by grants from the Mexican government. In 1886, Gerhard Schutte and Samuel Church Smith, two Nebraskans purchased a 127 acre holding plus 275 adjoining acres and embarked on the promotion of their new project. Their plans were further bolstered when chemical analysis of the well’s mineral water indicated properties identical to those of a famous health spa in Karlsbad, Bohemia. This intelligence combined with the German origins of town founder Schutte to name the community Carlsbad.
CARLSBAD POLICE DEPARTMENT | 2006 FBI CRIME INDEX
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|Notes: * Census Bureau estimates are as of April 1 of the years stated. ** State Department of Finance estimates are as of January 1 of the year stated. *** The SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) housing and population estimates are from the SANDAG Final 2030 Forecast. Figures for 2030 are considered to reflect “build out” conditions.|
Statistics About Carlsbad
- The median age of Carlsbad’s 78,247 residents was 39 years.
- The median family income was $77,151, up from $51,629 in 1990.
- Almost 19% of the City’s population was school age (5 to 19 years old).
- Almost 18% of the City’s population was age 60 or over.
- Of residents 25 years old and over, 93% were high school graduates and almost 46% had bachelors or higher degrees.
- Carlsbad Unified School District
- Encinitas Union School District-for Elementary schools in South Carlsbad
- Carlsbad High School Home of the Lancers
- La Costa Canyon High School
- See also CHSTV, the student run television station of Carlsbad High School
- El Camino Creek Elementary School
- La Costa Heights Elementary School
- Mission Estancia Elementary School
- Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School