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What Bert Has To Say About Austin-Round Rock Metro Area

The Austin area continues to be regarded by most as the best choice in Texas, with a balance of a strong economy, good education, attractive housing, a relatively pleasant climate, and plenty to do. Highlights include the University of Texas, an important music scene, and a large high-tech industry, including Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, 20 miles north. The 50,000-student university is located on a large campus north of downtown. The walkable downtown preserves a small-town Texas feel and is packed with nightclubs and music venues, including the famous “Drag” and the Warehouse District. Music is mostly rock ’n’ roll, “hard” country, and blues.

The area continues to be a magnet for business and particularly high-tech and small business startups. The list of names with facilities in town could form a NASDAQ high tech stock index. These businesses are located mainly to the east and north. Growth is spreading mainly north, towards Round Rock and Pfluglerville accompanied by plenty of middle-class housing, and large areas of more upscale housing lie to the west among the hills and towards Lake Travis.

Entertainment and cultural amenities are plentiful, as is outdoor recreation not too far west in the so-called Hill Country. The town is growing rapidly, with a 72 percent population increase since 1990, highest nationwide for a larger city aside from Las Vegas. Sprawl is a major threat, and the city continues to struggle with traffic and growth but not to the degree of many larger cities. There are some struggles between suburban national-chain retail and local, mostly-downtown businesses. The cost of living while low on a national scale is highest in Texas, while home prices, high by state standards, are low by national standards and are a good value. Incomes are very high relative to cost of living and the area has one of the highest expected job-growth rates in the country.

The downtown area sits in a low basin with mostly flat land to the east and hilly areas with limestone outcroppings to the west, separated by a river flowing through town. The landscape is intermittently wooded with deciduous trees. The climate is humid subtropical with occasional continental influence. Summers are hot and moderately humid with most days in the 90’s and many evenings in the 70’s. Winters are mild with an occasional cold snap. Precipitation is scattered through the year with peaks in late spring and early fall. Moist air and storms from the Gulf can bring heavy rain for days at a time. Winter brings lighter but steady rains. The hills shelter the area from the destructive storms that happen to the north.


Quick Facts About San Marcos

    The unemployment rate in San Marcos is 3.10 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. San Marcos jobs have Increased by 2.82 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, San Marcos's cost of living is 8.20% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, San Marcos's population is 46,131 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 39.50 percent.
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in San Marcos is $144,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 12.00 percent.
    San Marcos public schools spend $10,506 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.5 students per teacher in San Marcos.

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San Marcos rocks. Plenty of cheap weed and pretty girls on the river. If you're some old geezer from Minnesoduh on the way to your winter mobile home park in the... (read more)
re: relocating to San Marcos Texas - 4/19/2006
This is just my opinion but here it goes: San Marcos, Texas is a fantastic place for families. The schools are great. Around the summer-time, it does get humid but it... (read more)
re: I miss home - 1/31/2007
Hi Nichole, You should come back to San Marcos. Some things have changed since you were here last time. The campus has grown. The streets are a little busier. The square... (read more)
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