San Marcos is located between Austin and San Antonio at the edge of the Texas Hill Country along the sparkling San Marcos River.
Whether camping in the serene countryside or swimming and tubing in the gentle current of the river, outdoor recreation is a major attraction.
Some of the best shopping in the southwest is here in the historic downtown district and the largest factory outlet malls to be found in Texas. San Marcos is the home of Texas State University.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, San Marcos ranks high in home energy use, water quality, age of population and taxes. San Marcos ranks low in family income.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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