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San Marcos Neighborhood Guide

San Marcos is a diverse, thriving city of about 93,000 people. It’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, with a population increase of 69% since 2000. A number of master-planned communities, such as Santa Fe Hills in the northwest and Discovery Hills in the southwest, have been built to attract new residents. San Marcos is located just west of Escondido, and freeway access is through State Route 78, which runs through the center of town, and Interstate-15, which is a couple of miles to the east.

This community is 20 miles inland, giving warm summers and cool winters, although the weather is still quite pleasant overall. There are plenty of parks in the area to enjoy outdoor activities, and the Palomar College Planetarium can provide an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.

The main commercial street is Ronald Packard Pkwy (SR 78), with a Walmart, Kohl’s, and Costco, as well as a Home Depot and Hobby Lobby. West San Marcos Blvd. also offers some restaurants and shopping centers.

Properties for Sale in San Marcos

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Things to Do in San Marcos

Discovery Lake

Nature & Wildlife Areas

650 Foxhall Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078

Double Peak Park

Nature & Parks

900 Double Peak Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078

St. Mark Golf Club

Golf Courses

1750 San Pablo Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078

Top Restaurants in San Marcos

577 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 798-9906

Mama Kat’s

American (Traditional)

950 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 591-4558

151 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 591-0145

San Marcos Demographics


Population: 92,929
Median household income: $66,318
Median contract rent: $1,533
Median single family home price: $466,600
Median resident age: 35.4

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 639,024
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 405,999
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 231,633
Mobile homes: $ 122,776

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 48.7%
  • Female: 51.3%
  • African American: 2.4%
  • American Indian: 0.1%
  • Asian: 9.0%
  • Caucasian: 47.6%
  • Hispanic: 37.0%
  • Mixed race: 3.2%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.5%
  • Other race: 0.1%

Schools in San Marcos

San Elijo Elementary School

Grades K-5

1615 Schoolhouse Way
San Marcos, CA 92078

San Elijo Middle School

Grades 6-8

1600 Schoolhouse Way
San Marcos, CA 92078

San Marcos High School

Grades 9-12

1615 San Marcos Boulevard
San Marcos, CA 92078