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San Marcos, TX

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San Marcos was listed by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as one of the nation's \Best Places to Raise Your Kids\ in 2010. In 2013, the U.S. government listed it as the fastest growing city in the country. The city puts a strong emphasis on physical activities and outdoor recreation, making it an ideal location if you seek an active, healthy lifestyle, as San Marcos is popular for its fishing, canoeing, and swimming. The city is also proud of its musical festivities that draw in large crowds each year.

Getting Around in San Marcos, TX

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in San Marcos is:
10 to 14 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 2.5%
  • 10.7%
  • 1.46%

The History of San Ma

Artifacts discovered along the San Marcos River suggest the area has been inhabited by mankind for 10,000 years. The earliest record of the location dates back to the late 1600s when Alonso de Leon came from Mexico to explore and build missions in what is now Texas. The expedition arrived at the river on the feast day of Saint Mark the Evangelist, leading to its name San Marcos River. In 1755, missions in the area relocated to the river, and the Spanish began to build settlements in the area, namely Villa de San Marcos de Neve, which later branched out to become modern-day San Marcos.

A Musical City

For more than 20 years, the city's Summer in the Park program has been a hit with all age groups, with concerts held every Thursday night from June through August. The concerts are hosted by the San Marcos Performing Arts Commission and the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department. Another popular music festival is the annual Hill Country Jazz Festival, hosted by Texas State University. The school's radio station even sponsors a yearly music event known as MR Fest. MR stands for "My Radio," but the event is fondly referred to as "Mister Fest".