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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    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-

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%

San Marcos Rankings

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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

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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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!
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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.
San Marcos is a wonderful community located in the Hill Country! However, parking is definitely an issue, especially close to campus. And sometimes it seems that the focus of the community is too tied to the university, rather than the growing town.