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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
San Marcos is a suburb of Carlsbad with a population of 93,493. San Marcos is in San Diego County. Living in San Marcos offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In San Marcos there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in San Marcos and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in San Marcos are highly rated.
About San Marcos...
Population
93,493

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$455,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,446
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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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
    119.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    55.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    207.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    805.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    154.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in San Marcos

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$70,417
National
$55,322
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San Marcos Reviews

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Much to my detest of leaving the beautiful ghettos of Southeast San Diego, My parents dragged me here. Funny how I fell in love with it! Location is convenient! Close enough to the hype of San Diego, the 76 to the beach, and an hour two LA. Nothing is too far apart.
Now my only problem with CSUSM expanding faster than my ten year old cousin hitting a growth spurt, we need to fancy college students with a more grand night life. It would bring in so much more revenue for the city! I would also like to see more living-above-shops type of complexes to promote new businesses while allowing more residents in. I would also like to see San Marcos Middle School be remodeled and finally painted the actual school colors.
I have experienced a tremendous amount of pains in this city, but I love it all the same.
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San Marcos overall has an amazing community. Its right in the middle of everything and there's a ton to do! There could be a little more food options, as I find my friends, family, and I eat about the same things, however, what we do have is great! Schools are also great, but beginning to overcrowd.
San Marcos is a nice suburb of San Diego about 10 or so miles from the beaches. With plenty of trails and housing development occurring the city seems to never stop growing and has a myriad of activities for nature lovers. The main street, San Marcos Blvd has the most concentration of restaurants in the area on their "restaurant row" and it is quite a diverse town. With two high schools, two three middle schools, and a variety of elementary schools their are many options when it comes to education. Areas near Palomar community College and Cal State San Marcos are also becoming more urban to cater to the collegiate population. The sub area of San Elijo has also been developing beautifully and only enriches San Marcos's diversity. San Marcos may not be a bustling urban city, but it is far from a quaint rural town. In fact San Marcos balances its urban and rural aspects beautifully to make for a truly dynamic suburb