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    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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 San Diego with a population of 94,709. San Marcos is in San Diego County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Marcos offers residents a dense 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
94,709

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$494,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,585
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    125.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    62.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    170.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    754.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    147.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in San Marcos

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,619
National
$55,322
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San Marcos Reviews

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Nearly five years ago I moved to sunny San Marcos, California from gloomy Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Moving here brought such an unbelievably great change to my life. The great joy about living in San Marcos is that it is almost always sunny, people around me always seem to be happy, and there is always something fun to do. The residents of San Marcos are very motivated people that help keep San Marcos clean and healthy. Although it may not be the most affordable place to live, the views and people make it worth it. Never have I lived in such a place that I always felt welcomed and protected. When I graduate college and move out of my parents' house, there is no way I'm ever moving far away from this wonderful place!
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I grew up in San Marcos and have loved it! Since it is in the suburbs, it is especially great for families with young children. It has a safe community and the neighborhood I grew up in had many kids my age that I used to play with. My friends from elementary school grew up with me and I was able to thrive in the security of my friends that I had grown up with. Not only that, the individuals and strangers that I have met are also friendly and I do not remember many rude strangers. The education was not too rigorous or stressful, but enough to motivate me and advance my knowledge within my classes. However, it did always lack a more sturdy asian community, being a Korean- American living in San Marcos. However, I found a Korean Church that allowed me to click with and me friends with many Korean American kids my age that I was unable to find in my school or neighborhood. Thus, it is a great community to raise a family in, or just dwell in and enjoy a peaceful environment!
I would like to see San Marcos be more diverse. The town is a majority of two or few racial groups and not much else. While many new housing complexes are being developed, the public school system must be updated! The few high schools are overflowing with students and new schools must be built immediately to accommodate.