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A+ San Marcos Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B San Marcos Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Texas
San Marcos
919% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Marcos cost of living
C San Marcos Crime Total crime is 12% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,6534% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 384% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-17%Year over year crime is down
San Marcos crime
F San Marcos Employment Household income is 43% lower than Texas
Median household income
$30,98544% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,54138% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%19% higher than the US average
San Marcos employment
D- San Marcos Housing Home value is 6% higher than Texas
Median home value
$151,70018% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$949equal to the US average
Home ownership
28%55% lower than the US average
San Marcos real estate or San Marcos rentals
B+ San Marcos Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
64%31% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:17% lower than the US average
San Marcos K-12 schools or San Marcos colleges

Living in San Marcos, TX

San Marcos is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. The city has a population of 57,743 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, San Marcos is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of San Marcos are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 24% of the population also speak Spanish. San Marcos could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 24 years old is below the nation’s average.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in San Marcos, Texas could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in San Marcos and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare San Marcos to Texas and the national average.

With a livability score of 76 out of 100, San Marcos is ranked #4,168 in the United States and #701 in Texas. Clearly, San Marcos is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. San Marcos ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B), weather (B-) and education (B+). On a more negative note, San Marcos does not have favorable grades for the following: employment (F) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in San Marcos, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in San Marcos: San Marcos Prime Outlets, San Marcos River, and Aquarena Center.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in San Marcos is actually affordable. The median home price for San Marcos homes is $151,700, which is 6.3% higher than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in San Marcos, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.9, which is 88.5% higher than the Texas average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in San Marcos will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In San Marcos, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 9.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.8%.

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San Marcos, A Beautiful Texan City

Before relocating to Houston in 2006, I stayed in San Marcos for a few years. This beautiful city is located right on the border of Texas Hill Country. Although I am not a big fan of the arid climate in San Marcos, I really love the outdoor opportunities that the city offers. In addition, San Marcos is a shopper's paradise. The huge Tanger Outlet offers a plenty of shopping opportunities for all keen shoppers. This is after all the nation's largest shopping outlet with 240 retail stores.

The quality of life in San Marcos is praiseworthy. Unlike the urban settings in big Texan cities like Houston and Dallas, this city offers a friendly setting. Plus the region's year-round good climate, affordable housing options, abundant of entertainment and activity choices are something that you cannot miss to ignore. Low cost of living is another advantage for those moving to San Marcos. Studies claim that the cost of living in this city is 4.9 percent less than the Texas average. Families will be excited to know that there are quite good school districts in San Marcos.

If you love outdoor activities, then San Marcos is the place for you. The famous San Marcos River offers a plenty of recreational activity opportunities, including snorkeling, kayaking, sunbathing and canoeing. My family and I used to enjoy tubing here. Hiking and biking are other outdoor activities that you can enjoy here. The city indeed offers some of the best parks with 25 city parks and an ecological site at Spring Lake. The Historic Downtown in this city is one of the top attractions here. I also love the nighttime entertainment options in San Marcos. There are a number of upscale restaurants, beautiful cafes, pubs and nightclubs that altogether cater to the dining and nightlife needs of all residents and tourists.
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Source: The San Marcos, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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