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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.46% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (17.15%), food service (15.27%), and office and administrative support (13.99%).

In addition, San Marcos is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local San Marcos culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. San Marcos really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In San Marcos every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and San Marcos. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. San Marcos benefits directly from this.

The education level of San Marcos citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.24% of adults in San Marcos have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in San Marcos in 2010 was $16,270, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,080 for a family of four. San Marcos also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.06% of its population below the federal poverty line.

San Marcos is a somewhat 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 40.28% 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.