San Marcos, TX
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San Marcos is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 60,681 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, San Marcos is the 70th largest community in Texas.

San Marcos is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, San Marcos is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in San Marcos who work in sales jobs (17.67%), office and administrative support (14.36%), and food service (14.17%).

Because San Marcos has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local San Marcos lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in San Marcos is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In San Marcos people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

The education level of San Marcos citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.86% of adults in San Marcos have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in San Marcos in 2010 was $16,982, which is lower middle income relative to Texas, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,928 for a family of four. However, San Marcos contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. San Marcos also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.99% of its population below the federal poverty line.

San Marcos is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Marcos home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Marcos residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. San Marcos also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 40.53% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Marcos include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in San Marcos is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.