San Marcos, TX
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San Marcos is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 63,509 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, San Marcos is the 70th largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities, San Marcos isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in San Marcos are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (16.79%), food service (15.07%), and office and administrative support (11.72%).

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.

Not only is San Marcos a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In terms of college education, San Marcos is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.73% of adults in San Marcos have a college degree.

The per capita income in San Marcos in 2010 was $19,232, 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 $76,928 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 34.73% 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 41.84% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Marcos include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

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