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San Marcos

San Diego’s charming neighbor to the north has a lot to offer families and busy professionals alike.

It's hard to beat San Marcos's weather. In addition to its mild year-round climate, the city boasts access to a myriad of economic opportunities. Courtesy of the City of San Marcos.
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With a diverse, vibrant community of nearly 100,000 residents, San Marcos is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in San Diego County. In addition to the top-ranked San Marcos Unified School District, residents can rely on an efficient public transportation system and access to quality medical care.


The city’s West PACE aims to help older adults live safely and independently in their community for as long as possible, offering a full-service primary care clinic, physical therapy, transportation to appointments, and more. 


Award-winning master-planned communities, such as San Elijo HIlls—which features a plethora of shops, restaurants, and more than 18 miles of hiking trails—provide residents with conveniently located amenities. Additionally, San Marcos enjoys a mild year-round climate, perfect for enjoying the city’s vast parks and trails program, as well as nearby lakes and beaches. 


“We are realizing our full potential as a business and entertainment center, while celebrating our natural beauty and stronghold as an education hub, in order to create a balanced community for everyone who calls San Marcos home,” says Mayor Rebecca Jones. —LTP

Town information

Median sale price for single family residences (2022)$892,070
Median household income$95,128
Racial breakdownBlack: 2.1%, Asian: 10.5%, Hispanic: 38.8%, White, non-Hispanic: 44.2%
U.S. racial breakdownBlack: 13.6%, Asian: 6.1%, Hispanic: 18.9%, White, non-Hispanic: 59.3%
Sharecare Community Well-Being Index Score (out of 100)71
District high school graduation rate94.2%
Number of quality family medicine doctors (rated 3.5 or higher) per 100,000 households, within 25 miles49
Number of quality nursing homes per 100,000 households, within 25 miles29
Sources: Witlytic, ATTOM Data Solutions, STI: Popstats, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the Kaiser Family Foundation,, Healthgrades, and Sharecare.