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    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  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 57,743. San Marcos is in Hays County. Living in San Marcos offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In San Marcos there are a lot of 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
57,743

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$151,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$949
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    72%
  • Own
    28%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    174
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    72
    41
  • Robbery
    87
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    499
    500
  • Theft
    2,277
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    337
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,985
National
$55,322
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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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.
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Considering I'm from a small town called Round Round which is about thirty minutes outside of Austin, I considered San Marcos my home away from home. Everything about it is so comforting especially the people. It has so much to offer including Sewell Park, Tubing, and of course Texas State University! Going to school in a small city fill with college kids is great. Everyone is friendly and there's always an event going on. I can't get enough of it!
San Marcos, TX offers an abundance of opportunities. Family orientated by all means, it offers camping, river floating, hiking and historical site ventures for young and old. It is a "college" town that is surrounded by the three infamous rivers, San Marcos, Blanco and the Guadalupe. Texas State University adds to the beauty of San Marcos. There are over 38,000 students from all over the globe. Fifty percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. Being that I am a minority, I am proud to call myself a BOBCAT! The advantage of living in San Marcos for me is that I am centrally located in the middle of San Antonio and Austin, TX. If nightlife needs a boost I can head in either direction and end up in a spectacular city.... either way, I cannot lose. If I need quiet and peaceful surroundings I can head to the hill country and tour several different wineries.