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Best Places To Live In San Marcos, CA

  • San Marcos, CA
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 91,479
  • I moved to the beautiful town of San Marcos, California just about six years ago. I first went there to attend the California State University San Marcos. My first encounter, therefore, of San Marcos was…[read more]


Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score85
  • Solana Beach, CA
  • 11.1 miles away (City)
  • Population: 13,312
  • Solana Beach is a small and less frequented part of San Diego County, but is undeniably one of the best places to live. Solana Beach is small geographically but has excellent restaurants, shopping…[read more]
  • Del Mar Heights, San Diego, CA
  • 13.1 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 6,860
  • Carmel Valley, San Diego, CA
  • 13.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 39,559
  • North City, San Diego, CA
  • 11.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 12,743
  • Sabre Springs, San Diego, CA
  • 13.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 14,559
  • Del Mar, CA
  • 13 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,312
  • Encinitas, CA
  • 7.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 62,160
  • Stopping in Encinitas on a trip a year or so ago, I was amazed at how much the city offered in terms of sports - especially water sports. The residents of Encinitas focus on one main form of recreation…[read more]
  • University City, San Diego, CA
  • 18.8 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 50,132
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • 10.6 miles away (City)
  • Population: 112,008
  • Angry middle age white drivers? Check. Superficial, fake, shallow people? Check. More angry road raging white drivers? Check. Nothing to see or do? Check. Mediocre Beaches? Check. Horrible Traffic?…[read more]
  • Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego, CA
  • 11.2 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 63,341
  • La Jolla Village, San Diego, CA
  • 19.3 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 6,108
  • Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA
  • 15.5 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 71,228
  • I have lived in Mira Mesa for ten years. I moved to Mira Mesa from Twenty-nine Palms, California. Mira Mesa is near San Diego. It is bordered by Interstate 15, Interstate 805 on the Los Penasquitos…[read more]
  • Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • 7.7 miles away (City)
  • Population: 2,763
  • Rancho Bernadino, San Diego, CA
  • 8.7 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 44,185
  • Carmel Mountain, San Diego, CA
  • 11.7 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 9,581
  • Miramar, San Diego, CA
  • 19 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,024
  • Fairbanks Ranch, CA
  • 9.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 2,864
  • Santee, CA
  • 22 miles away (City)
  • Population: 56,839
  • Having lived in Santee, CA, I can tell you that it's not a tourist town, but there are definitely some great things to do. With only about 53,000 people, the city of Santee has a nice small town feel to…[read more]
  • Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA
  • 16.4 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,072
  • Poway, CA
  • 13.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 49,675
  • I live in Poway, California, and love it. Poway offers beautiful scenery as well as natural and many fun things to do. One of Poway's biggest attractions is the Old Poway Park. Here, you can see what…[read more]
  • Bonsall, CA
  • 11.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,294
  • Sorrento Valley, San Diego, CA
  • 17.2 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 9,484
  • This is a great, safe area to raise your family! Pretty good weather when comparing to other states I've lived in. Neighbors keep up with their homes or hire someone who does the work for them. They…[read more]
  • Hidden Meadows, CA
  • 6.8 miles away (City)
  • Population: 3,648
  • Pala, CA
  • 16.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,006
  • Lake San Marcos, CA
  • 2.4 miles away (City)
  • Population: 4,529
  • Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA
  • 18 miles away (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 36,364
  • Vista, CA
  • 5.6 miles away (City)
  • Population: 98,560
  • So vista is a safe city to live in and it's not a "Hood" like wannabe "thugs" say it. Is theirs some gunshots from time to time, but overall it's pretty cool and there is some soccer fields that are good…[read more]
  • Camp Pendleton South, CA
  • 13.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 12,491
  • Living in Camp Pendleton South might not be exactly what you thought you were getting when you moved to a marine base, but this Southern California base is close to all the things that make living in…[read more]
  • Camp Pendleton North, CA
  • 15.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 7,885
  • Oceanside, CA
  • 12.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 173,829
  • Oceanside, California is a wonderful city in Southern California that is located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. Oceanside has a perfect climate and 3.5 miles of the most beautiful beaches in…[read more]
  • Escondido, CA
  • 5.5 miles away (City)
  • Population: 149,912
  • Ever since the first time I visited California, I had a good impression and after visiting the wonderful city of Escondido I can still say the same! Escondido is a beautiful city which blends modern…[read more]
  • Eucalyptus Hills, CA
  • 21.6 miles away (City)
  • Population: 5,583
  • Ramona, CA
  • 18 miles away (City)
  • Population: 22,346
  • Ramona is a small city as far as Southern California cities go, having a population just over 20,000. However, you would never know this when visiting because it is located in San Diego county which is a…[read more]
  • Rainbow, CA
  • 19.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 1,780
  • Fallbrook, CA
  • 16.9 miles away (City)
  • Population: 31,771
  • I'm lucky to be living here in Fallbrook with my boyfriend and our 2 weimaraners. It's a small, charming little town, somewhat cut off from the rest of San Diego county. As the saying goes, "you don't…[read more]
  • Lakeside, CA
  • 24.6 miles away (City)
  • Population: 21,488
  • If you'll be visiting Lakeside soon, you'll find a number of interesting attractions in the area. If you live in Lakeside and are planning for friends to visit, you likely won't have trouble finding fun…[read more]
  • Valley Center, CA
  • 11.2 miles away (City)
  • Population: 9,783

Listed above are the best places to live in San Marcos, CA for 2019. The list of best places is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Displayed first is the matching location - San Marcos, CA, followed by the best places to live near San Marcos, CA, sorted by Livability Score.

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