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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
San Marcos is a suburb of Austin with a population of 59,935. San Marcos is in Hays County. Living in San Marcos offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In San Marcos there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in San Marcos and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in San Marcos are above average.
About San Marcos...
Population
59,935

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$153,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$966
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    72%
  • Own
    28%
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San Marcos Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    183.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    76.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    71.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    425.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,628.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    258.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    39%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in San Marcos

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,748
National
$55,322
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San Marcos is a small town in between Austin and San Antonio with a wide variety of ethnicities and races. The community in this town is by far the most close knit i have ever encountered. After living here for about 6 years, I feel as though I know just about everyone. The comfort I find in walking downtown and almost always knowing someone is one like no other. Aside from living amongst so many different artists and entrepreneurs, we undoubtedly have one of the most beautiful sources of fresh water. The San Marcos River, home to the native Texas Wild Rice, is one of the most powerful and beautiful bodies of water I have encountered. The spring fed river is 72 degrees year round. In colder months a warm welcoming steam rises from the river, encouraging San Martians (locals, as we all call ourselves) to hop right in celebration of the annual new year polar bear plunge! I love watching this beautiful small town blossom into a welcoming city with more and more job opportunities.
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San Marcos is a great town. It’s got history, scenic areas, parks, rivers, overall a great place to be. It’s mainly a college town so traffic gets pretty bad during the school semesters. Currently there’s a lot of construction zones but when it’s all done, it’ll help fix a lot of the traffic problems. They recently built an overpass that SIGNIFICANTLY reduced traffic near campus and by the football stadium. Overall it’s a great town. It’s got an old-towne vibe going on with good nature preservation. Definitely a good place to move to, and if you’re looking to go to school here, don’t think twice!
I just moved to San Marcos this August for school and frankly, it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I'm not much of a big city type of girl however I do enjoy being a town where there are fun things to do. Therefore living in San Marcos is perfect for me. This town has some beautiful parks and running trails and the river is very popular in San Marcos. I enjoy going tubing with my friends or simply relax by the river and read a book. The nightlife at the Square is also one of my favorites. Very popular among college students. I have a passion for shopping and luckily San Marcos offers not one but two shopping outlets! As for the food here, it is astonishing! There are various options to pick. Lastly but not least, I have met so many wonderful people here. New friends, peers, professors, doctors, employees, you name it! Everybody here is kind and respectful. You can definitely depend on a resident here.