San Marcos is in the foothills of northern San Diego County, a progressive community of more than 90,000 residents who enjoy a fantastic quality of life. From miles of trials to unique dining and shopping opportunities in its retail center, San Marcos has all the features that make living enjoyable. Just 35-mile drive south takes you to downtown San Diego, while a short jaunt west take you to the majestic shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Although San Marcos has rapid growth over the last decade, it continues to maintain the small town atmosphere and values that initially attracted so many residents there; home to Palomar College and California State University-San Marcos, the city has also become the heart of education in San Diego north. Here are the top five Reasons why you might want to live in San Marcos.
Strong Local and Regional Economy and Security
San Marcos enjoys a low unemployment rate and is one of the fastest growing cities in San Diego County. Its low crime rate, a strong commitment to promoting economic development also adds to the community value. San Marcos works diligently to maintain itself, historically having one of the best fire emergency response times around it also have one of the largest sheriff’s contracts in the County. Expanding private and community hospital facilities ensure that resident has quick and quality medical access to medical care.
It is hard to beat the mild, year-round climate that San Marcos enjoys. An average of nine to eleven inches of rain falls annually, and average summer temperature hovers around 72 degrees. The temperature rarely drops below freezing in winter and above 90 degrees. In summer, like most of coastal San Diego County, cool overcast from the Pacific is frequent in May and June (“June gloom/May gray”), and July through September are the warmest months.
Quality Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs:
A master parks and trails program, exceptional community recreation programs, City/school district cooperative programs, access to lakes, beaches and cultural programs enhance the quality of life that residents enjoy in San Marcos. The city has 29 parks, 11 recreation centers, and it has constructed 60 miles of trails.
Excellent Transportation Network:
Located along the Sprinter commuter rail line, San Marcos has a reliable transportation network. With excellent bus service, the city is located along highway 78 and has six interchanges along that route, with comfortable, easy access to interstates 5 and 15. Several airports are also nearby, including Carlsbad/Palomar airport (6 miles), San Diego airport (35miles) and Orange County’s airport (60 miles).
The city offers a separate housing stock, an extensive network of parks and trails and easy access to outdoor and entertainment opportunities that have made the area magnet for entrepreneurs building high-tech, medical and recreation-oriented companies. As North County’s education hub, San Marcos has a luxurious pool of intellectual capital making it an ideal host to incubator programs and new businesses.
These elements all combine all together to create a unique community that is San Marcos.