Only minutes from both Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos, Texas appeals to people who like the feel of a small town with the convenience of a large city nearby. Located on the I35 corridor, it is an easy place to live, filled with friendly people and unique outdoor recreation, while being strategically located between the employment and entertainment opportunities of Austin, San Antonio and the many small cities in between.
San Marcos originated about the mid 19th century as a farming and milling community. The addition of Texas State University in the 1890’s, then Southwest Texas Normal School, helped to grow the city to what it is today, a coveted Central Texas educational and tourism center. The San Marcos River, which runs through the middle of town, is said to be the reason that San Marco is believed to be one of the longest continually inhabited locations in the northern hemisphere. Archeologists have found artifacts near the river indicated that it was inhabited by the Clovis culture more than 10,000 years ago.
Nowadays San Marcos is a combination of students, residents and faculty and staff inhabiting a quaint, but ample city. The banks of the San Marcos River are often lined with sunbathers and picnics, while the water provide a refreshing form of recreation to escape the Texas heat. Aquarena Center, formerly Aquarena Springs, is a major tourist attraction associated with the river, which thrives on the rivers cleanliness. Texas State brings in more than 29,000 students each year who hope to earn their degree there, allow businesses of all kinds to thrive on the economy established by the University.
For more information on living and renting in San Marcos, please follow the links below.
City of San Marcos
Texas State University
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
The ‘San Marcos Record’ Newspaper
San Marcos Radio Station Listings
Outlets San Marcos
Tanger Outlets San Marcos
San Marcos River Information