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San Marcos, CA

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Part of California's Diego County, San Marcos is fondly referred to as the \Valley of Discovery\. With a rich history and a focus on healthy living, the city is one of the area's most popular among the younger crowd and families. San Marcos prides itself on being a major educational hub of the area with excellent schools and higher education institutions. Further maintaining its appeal to families as a kid-friendly community, the city is big on healthy entertainment options and enjoying the great outdoors.

Apartments for rent in San Marcos CA


Tuscany Hills
Beds: 1-3  •  Baths: 1-2


eaves San Marcos
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2


Gables San Marcos
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2


Casa Vallecitos Senior Property 55 Plus
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2


Hacienda Vallecitos Senior Apartments
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2


$2375 Four bedroom in San Marcos-482 Camino Verde
Beds: 4
Baths: 2

Key City Stats

The average age of San Marcos, CA is
Under 5 Years
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 6.99%
  • 7.5%
  • 9.09%
  • Female
  • 6.85%
  • 8.85%
  • 8.4%
is average rent in San Marcos, CA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 0.85%
  • 2.5%
  • 1.34%
of units are available for rent in San Marcos
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 371
  • 22
  • 242
Getting Around in San Marcos, CA

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in San Marcos is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 6.01%
  • 11.28%
  • 2.05%

The Birth of San Marc

Local legend has it that after the San Luis Rey Mission was ransacked by Native Americans in the late 18th century, the Spaniards took chase while the Natives ran for the hills. Along the way, in 1797, the Spanish discovered fertile land that was later named Los Vallecitos de San Marcos, or Little Valleys of Saint Mark, because it was found on St. Mark's Day. After a number of land grants and hand-changes, Kansan Major Gustavus French Merriam settled a homestead in the area during the 1850s. The population grew in the 1880s, and the original town of San Marcos was born. The town continued to grow and thrive, leading to its incorporation in 1963.

An Educational Hub

San Marcos is often praised as an ideal location to raise a family for its excellent schools. The city's Palomar Community College and California State University San Marcos are award-winning schools that have led to San Marcos being named one of San Diego North's main educational hubs. The San Marcos Unified School District offers K-12 education with 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and a total of five high schools, one of which is an award-winning continuation school. The district teaches over 17,000 students each year, and many of its schools are most popular for their small class sizes and one-on-one approach to teaching.

Entertainment for Eve

No matter your preferences, San Marcos has something to feed, entertain, and interest you. The city is known for having some of the best food in the county, and locals and tourists alike enjoy Old California Restaurant Row, a plaza/strip mall-like lot featuring many different restaurants with culturally varied cuisine all in one location. The city also offers several golf courses, parks, and historical local landmarks, such as the illuminated cross that can be seen at night atop a hill over Lake San Marcos. If you enjoy nature and fancy a scenic bike ride, you are entertained for miles along any of the numerous trails