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Overview

Introduction to San Marcos, Texas

The Texas city of San Marcos, county seat of Hays County (named after famed Texas Ranger Jack Hays), is located between the cities of Austin (30 miles to the northeast) and San Antonio (50 miles to the southwest). Its principal highway is Interstate 35, which connects San Marcos to both cities. Founded in 1851 and incorporated in 1877, San Marcos is home to Texas State University and also to the San Marcos Baptist Academy.

Texas State University, known at the time as the Southwest Texas Normal School, is the alma mater of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Many landmarks both on campus and around town bear his name, including the LBJ student center and LBJ Drive, one of the city's main roads. A new LBJ Museum located on the town square is scheduled to open in December 2006.

Activities and Attractions in San Marcos

The 1960s saw the emergence of the Aquarena Springs Center and Wonder World as local attractions and since that time tourism has become a significant part of the city's economy. Located on the Balcones Fault, a fracture in the earth's crust which created the San Marcos springs and river, The Aquarena Springs Center is an environmental learning center featuring glass-bottom boat tours, environmental education tours, and a natural aquarium. Wonder World Park is a Texas Historical Site with several unique attractions including the nation's only earthquake-formed cave, a wildlife park, an observation tower, an anti-gravity house, and train rides through the waterfalls of Mystery Mountain.

Other local attractions include the San Marcos River, a family recreation area which features a tube ride and river chute. The Belvin Street Historic District in the southwest part of the city contains superb examples of 19th Century homes. San Marcos also hosts a number of annual events, including a chili cook-off (the Chilympiad).

Less than an hour's drive away are the cities of San Antonio and Austin, each of which offers a wealth of local attractions. Just a few of the more popular ones are listed here:

  • The Alamo (San Antonio)
  • San Antonio River Walk
  • HemisFair Park (San Antonio)
  • Brackenridge Park (home of the San Antonio Zoo)
  • Sea World San Antonio
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio)
  • The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum (Austin)
  • The Texas State Capitol (Austin)
  • The Texas Memorial Museum (Austin)
  • The Zilker Botanical Gardens (Austin)

These same two cities are replete with professional sports teams, including:

  • Baseball - (Minor League) San Antonio Missions (AA-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners)
  • Baseball - (Minor League) Round Rock Express (Austin's AAA-affiliate of the Houston Astros)
  • Basketball - (NBA) San Antonio Spurs
  • Basketball - (NBA Development League) Austin Toros
  • Basketball - (WNBA) San Antonio Silver Stars
  • Football - (Arena Football League) Austin Wranglers
  • Hockey - (American Hockey League) San Antonio Rampage
  • Hockey - (Central Hockey League) Austin Ice Bats

Austin is also the locale of the University of Texas, home of the Longhorns.

Demographics

People

Total Population57,743
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens7.1%
Employed Population 16+29,667
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married21.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32%
Median Earnings25+$28,619
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,875
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,238

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,736
% Above Poverty Level64.2%
% Below Poverty Level35.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work6%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone33.2%
Median Gross Rent$949
Median House Value$151,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)50.5%
Irish6.5%
English5.3%
Italian3.5%
French Except Basque2.8%
Scottish2.4%
Polish1.3%
Czech1.1%
Norwegian0.8%
Swedish0.8%
Dutch0.7%
Welsh0.5%
African0.5%
Greek0.4%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Somali0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Danishn0.1%
German0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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San Marcos Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hays County
Standard Zip Codes78666
P.O. Box Zip Codes78667
Phone Area Codes512
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.88
Approximate Longitude-97.92

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)

StationSAN MARCOS
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp39 to 61 F
Apr Temp57 to 80 F
Jul Temp74 to 95 F
Oct Temp59 to 82 F
Annual Precip37.1 inches
StationCANYON DAM
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp38 to 60 F
Apr Temp55 to 79 F
Jul Temp71 to 95 F
Oct Temp58 to 81 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches
StationLULING
Distance22.3 miles
Jan Temp37 to 62 F
Apr Temp55 to 80 F
Jul Temp72 to 96 F
Oct Temp56 to 83 F
Annual Precip36.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Kyle34,080$76,992
Martindale1,379$46,629
Mountain City694$113,173
Niederwald576$63,750

San Marcos Public Libraries

San Marcos Public Library
625 E HOPKINS ST
San Marcos, Texas
(512) 393-8200

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San Marcos Hospitals

Central Texas Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1301 Wonder World Drive

San Marcos Public Schools

Blanco Vista El
2951 Blanco Vista Blvd
ZIP: 78666
(512) 268-8506
Primary
Total Enrollment 795
Bowie El
4020 Monterrey Oaks
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 748
Crockett El
1300 Girard Ave
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Dezavala El
600 Fm 621 Dezavala Dr
ZIP: 78666
(512) 396-6890
Primary
Total Enrollment 484
Goodnight Middle
1301 Hwy 123
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6550
Middle
Total Enrollment 1043
Hernandez El
333 Stagecoach Trl
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6100
Primary
Total Enrollment 829
James Bonham Pre-k School
501 S Lbj Dr
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6700
John H Wood Jr Charter School At San Marcos
120 Bert Brown Rd
ZIP: 78666
(210) 638-5300
Other
Total Enrollment 164
John H Wood Jr Cs Hays Co Juvenile Res Center
2250 Clovis R Barker Rd
ZIP: 78666
(210) 638-5400
Other
Total Enrollment 100
Ki Charter Academy
120 Bert Brown Rd
ZIP: 78666
(512) 618-0787
Mendez El
1805 Peter Garza
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6060
Primary
Total Enrollment 548
Miller Middle
301 Foxtail Run
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6660
Middle
Total Enrollment 683
San Marcos H S
2601 Rattler Rd Mccarty Ln
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6800
High
Total Enrollment 2162
Texas Preparatory School
400 Uhland Rd No 2
ZIP: 78666
(512) 805-7737
Primary
Total Enrollment 161
Travis El
1437 Post Rd
ZIP: 78666
(512) 393-6450
Primary
Total Enrollment 679

San Marcos Private Schools

Hill Country Christian School Of San Marcos
1401 Davis Ln
ZIP: 78666
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 129
San Marcos Adventist Junior Academy
1523 Old Ranch Road 12
ZIP: 78666
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
San Marcos Baptist Academy
2801 Ranch Road 12
ZIP: 78666
Secondary
Total Enrollment 296
San Marcos Montessori School
406 Harvey St
ZIP: 78666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
The Master's School
1664 Center Point Rd
ZIP: 78666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 117
Wonderland School
302 Country Estates Dr
ZIP: 78666
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
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