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Carlsbad, New Mexico

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Welcome to Carlsbad ...

The city of Carlsbad is located in southeast New Mexico.

Carlsbad is located in Eddy County<1> and is the County Seat for Eddy County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Carlsbad has a population of 29,771 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Carlsbad was established in 1888 and was incorporated in 1899.

Going back to its beginning, Carlsbad was originally named Eddy. For more information about the names of Carlsbad, see The Names of Carlsbad on our Genealogy Page.

The city of Carlsbad is 3,120 feet [951 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Carlsbad is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Carlsbad lies in the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT) and observes daylight saving time

Carlsbad lies within the (575) area code.

The ZIP codes for Carlsbad: 88220-88221<4>

Websites for Carlsbad ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Carlsbad had an population of 29,771 people. This is an increase of 13.9% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.18% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Carlsbad had a population of 26,138 people (or 48.56% of the total population of Eddy County). This makes Carlsbad the county's most populous community.

The population of Carlsbad represents 1.27% of the total population of New Mexico (which has 2,059,179 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 26,138 people, the population of Carlsbad increased 2% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 25,625 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Carlsbad.

Communities Also Named Carlsbad ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Carlsbad - they are located in California and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Carlsbad.

Communities near Carlsbad ...

We have created a list of 9 communities that are near Carlsbad.

  • Loving [Eddy County]
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    • Loving [Eddy County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Carlsbad
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,372 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Loving have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loving
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Loving<7>
  • Black River Village [Eddy County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black River Village
    • Black River Village [Eddy County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the south of Carlsbad
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black River Village have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black River Village
  • Malaga [Eddy County]
  • Whites City [Eddy County]
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Artesia [Eddy County]
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      • Artesia [Eddy County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<5> to the north of Carlsbad
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,214 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Artesia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Artesia<7>
    • Loco Hills [Eddy County]
    • Hope [Eddy County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hope
      • Hope [Eddy County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<5> to the northwest of Carlsbad
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 104 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hope<7>
    • Lake Arthur [Chaves County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Arthur
      • Lake Arthur [Chaves County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<5> to the north of Carlsbad
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 422 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Arthur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Arthur<7>
    • Maljamar [Lea County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Carlsbad. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Carlsbad.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Carlsbad. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Carlsbad.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Carlsbad. Our list includes 32 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Carlsbad.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Carlsbad ...

Looking for more information about Carlsbad? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Carlsbad, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Carlsbad.

Adding Carlsbad to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Carlsbad in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Carlsbad was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Carlsbad on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Carlsbad:

The official website for Eddy County:

The official website for State of New Mexico:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Mexico's counties, including Eddy, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Carlsbad.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Carlsbad - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Carlsbad). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Carlsbad or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Carlsbad includes: 88220 & 88221.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Carlsbad) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Carlsbad. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CarlsbadOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carlsbad. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4215, Longitude: -104.2289    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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