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Overview

Introduction to San Marcos, California

Located in the northern portion of California's San Diego County is the city of San Marcos. Situated 35 miles north of San Diego and about 95 miles south of Los Angeles, San Marcos is bisected by California State Highway 78. Adjacent to Interstate I-15, the city is also easily accessible to I-5, I-805 and State Highway 76. Nearby towns include Vista (to the northwest), Escondido (to the east), and Rancho Bernardo (to the south). The city is home to the local campus of California State University (Cal State) and also to Palomar College.

San Marcos History

San Marcos derived its name from the name given to the surrounding valley by Spaniards in the late 18th century ("Los Vallecitos de San Marcos," which translates to "Little Valleys of St. Mark"). Settlement began nearly a century later when the San Marcos Land Company bought the former Los Vallecitos de San Marcos land grant and divided the land into tracts and sold them. Arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad nearby spurred the area's development, and by the early part of the 20th century farming, dairy and poultry production became prominent elements of the San Marcos economy. Incorporated in 1963, the city began to grow rapidly and by the 1980s became one of the fastest growing cities in California. Cal State's decision to build its new campus in San Marcos in 1989 was a turning point in ushering in the city's current state of fast-forward development.

San Marcos Attractions

Music and fine arts are active in San Marcos and North San Diego County. Theatre West is the city's youth drama program, offering five elaborate shows per year at the Hearth Theater. The Performing Arts Center at Palomar College showcases student and professional dramatic works. For outdoor recreation enthusiasts, San Marcos boasts 22 golf courses within a 30-minute drive of the city, including the course at Lake San Marcos and the Aviara and La Costa resort golf courses. Hiking, camping and biking are available nearby; and skiing and snowboarding can be found only two hours to the north in the San Bernardino Mountains. Events in San Marcos include the Grand Summer Festival, an August celebration featuring specialty foods and micro-brews, live blues & jazz performances, and one of the largest classic car shows in San Diego County. In March, the city celebrates its Carnival of Cultures, an international carnival where representatives from different ethnic groups host booths featuring international cuisine, traditional arts & crafts and children's activities. Performances by multi-cultural dancers, singers and musicians take place throughout the event.

Demographics

People

Total Population91,479
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens11.1%
Employed Population 16+40,646
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married52%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.3%
Median Earnings25+$39,086
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,123
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,744

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,512
% Above Poverty Level85.2%
% Below Poverty Level14.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone19.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,388
Median House Value$418,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.2%
English12.5%
German10.4%
Irish8.4%
Italian4.1%
Polish2.3%
French Except Basque2.1%
Swedish2%
Scottish1.7%
Dutch1.6%
Norwegian1.4%
Russian0.9%
Arab0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Brazilian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Iranian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Czech0.3%
African0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
West Indian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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San Marcos Almanac

CategoryValue
County San Diego County
Standard Zip Codes92069, 92078
P.O. Box Zip Codes92079
Company Zip Codes92096
Phone Area Codes760
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.15
Approximate Longitude-117.17

San Marcos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationESCONDIDO NO 2
Distance4.2 miles
Jan Temp43 to 69 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp62 to 89 F
Oct Temp55 to 81 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches
StationSAN PASQUAL ANIMAL PK
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp39 to 70 F
Apr Temp46 to 76 F
Jul Temp58 to 90 F
Oct Temp50 to 83 F
Annual Precip14 inches
StationCAMP PENDLETON MCAS
Distance15.2 miles
Jan Temp42 to 69 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp53 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carlsbad112,008$115,255
Encinitas62,160$124,732
Escondido149,912$59,940
Oceanside173,829$68,880
Solana Beach13,312$119,444
Vista98,560$59,731

San Marcos Public Schools

Foothills High
158 Cassou Rd.
ZIP: 92069
High
Total Enrollment 89
Knob Hill Elementary
1825 Knob Hill Rd.
ZIP: 92069
Primary
Total Enrollment 847
Mission Hills High
1 Mission Hills Ct.
ZIP: 92069
High
Total Enrollment 2530
Paloma Elementary
660 Camino Magnifico
ZIP: 92069
Primary
Total Enrollment 926
Richland Elementary
910 Borden Rd.
ZIP: 92069
Primary
Total Enrollment 850
San Marcos Elementary
1 Tiger Way
ZIP: 92069
Primary
Total Enrollment 942
San Marcos Middle
650 W. Mission Rd.
ZIP: 92069
Middle
Total Enrollment 1331
Twin Oaks Elementary
1 Cassou Rd.
ZIP: 92069
Primary
Total Enrollment 658
Twin Oaks High
158 Cassou Rd.
ZIP: 92069
High
Total Enrollment 172
Woodland Park Middle
1270 Rock Springs Rd.
ZIP: 92069
Middle
Total Enrollment 1305
Alvin M. Dunn Elementary
3697 La Mirada Dr.
ZIP: 92078
Primary
Total Enrollment 760
Bayshore Preparatory Charter
1175 Linda Vista Dr.
ZIP: 92078
Other
Total Enrollment 112
Discovery Elementary
730 Applewilde Dr.
ZIP: 92078
Primary
Total Enrollment 982
High Tech Elementary North County
1460 W. San Marcos Blvd.
ZIP: 92078
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
High Tech High North County
1420 San Marcos Blvd.
ZIP: 92078
High
Total Enrollment 549
High Tech Middle North County
1460 W. San Marcos Blvd.
ZIP: 92078
Middle
Total Enrollment 325
Pivot Charter School - San Diego
1030 La Bonita Dr., Ste. 350
ZIP: 92078
Other
Total Enrollment 105
San Elijo Elementary
1615 Schhouse Way
ZIP: 92078
Primary
Total Enrollment 1460
San Elijo Middle
1600 Schhouse Way
ZIP: 92078
Middle
Total Enrollment 1850
San Marcos High
1615 San Marcos Blvd.
ZIP: 92078
High
Total Enrollment 2776
Taylion San Diego Academy
100 N. Rancho Sante Fe Rd.
ZIP: 92078
Other
Total Enrollment 51

San Marcos Private Schools

Discovery Isle Child Development Center
1655 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd # 101
ZIP: 92078
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
St Joseph Academy
500 Las Flores Dr
ZIP: 92078
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 273
Valley Christian School
1350 Discovery St
ZIP: 92078
Elementary
Total Enrollment 153
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