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Key Rankings for Carlsbad per Carlsbad Life in Action


Pssst… what’s the word on the street? It’s not always what we say that matters. Let’s see what others say. Here’s how Carlsbad ranks among other cities in the nation.


Best Place to Live

Named one of the “Best Places to Live 2016,” Men’s Journal, 2016


Top ZIP Codes in U.S.

“Hottest Zip Codes in America” (#10 – 92010),, 2015


eCity Award – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

“Digital Capital of California” eCity award (Carlsbad) Google, 2013


Best Startup Environment – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

#1 Best Place to Launch a Startup in 2014 (San Diego), Forbes, 2014


Best City for Tech Jobs – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

#3 Best City for Tech Jobs (San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos), Forbes, 2012


Golf’s Ultimate Playground – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

Golf’s Ultimate Playground (Carlsbad),, 2014


Best for Zip Venture Capital – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

#4 of the Top Ten Zip Codes for Venture Capital Investment in San Diego (Carlsbad),Atlantic Cities, 2013


Best Town – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

One of Outside’s “Best Towns” (San Diego), Outside Magazine, 2013


Hottest Startup Hub – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

One of the “20 Hottest Startup Hubs In America,” (San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos),Business Insider, 2013


Best City for Job Seekers – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

#7 Best City for Job Seekers in California (Carlsbad), Nerd Wallet, 2014


Leading In Tech – Key Rankings for Carlsbad

#7 Leading High-Tech Metro in America (San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos), Atlantic Cities, 2012​

Key Industries

Carlsbad has some of the most innovative companies in action sports, life sciences, and high-tech communications. You won’t want to miss out on this action!

Action Sports

Over half the action sports jobs in San Diego County are in Carlsbad.
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Life Sciences

Average annual salary for a life sciences job in Carlsbad is more than $113,530.
Explore Life Sciences


In 2013, Google named the City of Carlsbad as the “digital capital” of California.
Explore Technology


Clean Technology added 20 new businesses and nearly 300 employees in 2015.
Explore Cleantech

Emerging Industries

Carlsbad’s medical device and robotic companies are quickly on the rise. In fact, medical device company employment numbers in Carlsbad are surpassing the national average by more than six times. That’s nearly 4,000 jobs and more than 150 firms. Read on to learn more.

Medical Devices

This industry is the convergence of both life sciences and technology cluster companies providing noteworthy medical device activity and accounting for one in every 20 jobs in the city.
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The nation is recognizing advanced manufacturing as a linchpin to bringing high-level production back to the United States, and robotics is a key industry at the convergence of manufacturing and technology.
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Hospitality and Tourism

Carlsbad is one of the nation’s top vacation destinations, so it’s no surprise that the hospitality and tourism cluster is quickly emerging as one of the city’s hottest industries.
Explore Tourism