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About Carlsbad

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In Eddy County, 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. Carlsbad is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, thanks to a healthy and diverse economy.

Climate

Carlsbad is considered a high desert due to moderate rainfall and elevation of 3,300 feet. Don’t be fooled by the “desert” label. There is a distinct change of all four seasons without the snow, sub-zero cold, or torrential rains.

Geography

The land in Carlsbad is mostly flat with the highest point, “C” Hill, providing an outstanding view of the city. Gentle hills surround Carlsbad for miles to the north and south gradually becoming high mountain country in some areas.

Living Conditions

Carlsbad is fortunate to have a diverse employer base. Mining, agriculture, nuclear, healthcare, education, oil, gas, and tourism provide a stable economy. The strong employment foundation adds to the stability of our community. More than 15% of Carlsbad’s population is over the age of 65.

Low Rates

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Gross Receipts Tax 7.4375%

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Property Tax $24.438 per $1,000 of assessed value
(1/3 of market value is taxed)

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Four marginal state tax brackets from 1.7% to 4.9%

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There's More To Carlsbad

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Hundreds of places to shop, eat, and socialize. Carlsbad is the perfect place to get together with friends or meet new ones. With its variety of locally-owned businesses in a historic setting, downtown Carlsbad offers something special for visitors and residents alike. 

Carlsbad is fortunate to have a diverse employer base. Mining, agriculture, nuclear, healthcare, education, and tourism provide a stable economy. The strong employment foundation adds to the stability of our community. More than 15% of Carlsbad’s population is over the age of 65.

Carlsbad boasts two continuing care retirement communities: Lakeview Christian Home (and the River Bend Retirement Community) and Landsun Homes (and Landsun Parkhouse Village). These reputable facilities support various living arrangements, which offer every degree of cordial amenities and quality healthcare.

There are a number of Carlsbad MainStreet events, such as the Farmers’ Market, held every Thursday during the summer months. Our downtown district truly is the “heart of the community.”

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