San Marcos, TX
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San Marcos is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 63,071 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, San Marcos is the 70th largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, San Marcos is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).

San Marcos is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in San Marcos have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. San Marcos’s economy is one such example of this.

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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because San Marcos is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes San Marcos a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

The education level of San Marcos citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.73% of adults in San Marcos have at least a bachelor's 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.