BusinessWeek magazine today named San Marcos one of the United State’s best places to raise kids, putting it on a Top 10 list that received international circulation through Yahoo! Real Estate.
BusinessWeek works with OnBoard Informatics for the research survey. They are a leading provider of real estate information and analysis. Towns of at least 50,000 residents were considered, with a median family income of between $40,000 and $100,000. San Marcos is reported with a population of 45,366 and a median family income of $53,690. According to the article, weighted criteria also included: school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities, and diversity.
“We weighted school performance and safety most heavily, but also gave strong weight to amenities and affordability,” Prashant Gopal said in a video posted on BusinessWeek.com.
“What those of us with children and grandchildren have known all along, San Marcos is one of America’s Best Places to raise Your Kids.” Mayor Susan Narvaiz said in an e-mail. “San Marcos and its people value families, education and business. We show our respect of the natural resources we are blessed with through our leading conservation programs, and we embrace our cultural diversity and preserve our heritage. These are the things that make a city great and these are the things that will continue to be the foundation of San Marcos’s unique identity long into the future. So let it be known that San Marcos offers prosperity for the young, the seasoned and all ages in between. Come join us!”
This blurb ran alongside a photo of condominium buildings in Austin: “San Marcos, located in Central Texas between San Antonio and Austin, is home to Texas State University. For residents, the university provides plenty of cultural opportunities and the San Marcos River and parkland allow for a variety of outdoor recreation.”
PHOTO: The magazine mentions the San Marcos River as a contributing to the city’s desirability for young families. This is Rio Vista Falls in the chain of parks that run alongside the river through the city.
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