San Marcos, Texas
San Marcos, Texas is centrally located in the Austin-San Antonio metropolitan area. The city is the seat of Hays County. Its population was 44,894 in 2010. In 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population at 54,076. Founded on the banks of the San Marcos River, the area is thought to be among the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Americas. San Marcos is home to Texas State University which has a student population of 34,000+.
In 2010, San Marcos was listed in Business Weeks’s fourth annual survey of the “Best Places to Raise your Kids.” In 2013 and 2014, the US Census Bureau named San Marcos the fastest-growing city in the United States. In December 2013, San Marcos was named #9 on Business Insider’s list of the “10 Most Exciting Small Cities In America.”
Gary Job Corps Center, the largest Job Corps center in the U.S., is a few miles east of the center of town. In June 2006, “The View” named the San Marcos Outlets as the third-best place to shop in the world. About six million people visit the malls annually.
The town center (referred to locally as “the square”) was laid out in 1851. The Hays County Courthouse, which sits in the center, was built in 1908. The downtown area surrounding the courthouse is home to many of the city’s bars, restaurants, boutiques, and music venues, making it a top entertainment destination. The Texas Music Theater, directly across the street from the courthouse, hosted the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Lone Star Music Awards.
Many television shows and movies have filmed in San Marcos because of its beautiful small town atmosphere. The San Marcos Springs are the third largest collection of springs in Texas. Never in recorded history has the river run dry.