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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Carlsbad, New_Mexico

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Where to Retire in Carlsbad and Home Prices

The median home value index in Carlsbad is $185,257 in early 2023, according to Zillow, which shows about an 8% decrease from a year earlier. There are retirement communities in Carlsbad, see link at left.

What Is Special about Carlsbad

With the sun shining most everyday, Carlsbad offers an array of outdoor recreaction including golf, tennis, several parks, and is close to Lincoln National Forest and Guadlupe National Park. Carlsbad offers a low cost of living.

What Is Not Special about Carlsbad

Carlsbad is far from any metropolitan areas with El Paso, Texas, the nearest large city about 140 miles away, Albuquerque is 230 miles away; the crime rate is above the national average; summers are hot with the average high in the mid 90's.

Climate and Physical Environment

Carlsbad boasts 350 days of sunshine each year, with January's average temperature at 43 degrees, and July's average 82 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The town is known for its Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Living Zoo and Garden State Park, but it also boasts over 1,400 acres of parks within the city limits. The Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area along the Pecos River offers a beach, a tennis complex, and a six mile sidewalk around the area; The Sports Complex is made up of  several athletic fields for softball, baseball, and football, each with concession facilities; The Walter Gerrells Performing Arts and Exhibition Center hosts a variety of events including concerts, musical productions and art fairs; Carlsbad Museum and Art Center features displays focusing on local and regional history, along with modern, contemporary, and Southwestern art. The communitiy also hosts festivals and events throughout the year including a popular 4th of July celebration and Christmas on the Pecos.


The crime rate in Carlsbad is above the national average and mainly involves theft and larceny.

Medical Facilities

Carlsbad Medical Center sevices the town and surrounding area.


The town does have a municipal transit system; Cavern City Air Terminal is a municipal airport run by the city for private pilots and charters and offers flights to Albuquerque and Dallas/Fort Worth; the nearest international airport is in El Paso,Texas, about 150 miles away.

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