San Marcos, California

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San Marcos, California
City
City of San Marcos
Looking North toward Lake San Marcos

Seal
Nickname(s): Valley of Discovery
Location in San Diego County and the state of California
Coordinates: 33°8′31″N 117°10′13″W / 33.14194°N 117.17028°W / 33.14194; -117.17028Coordinates: 33°8′31″N 117°10′13″W / 33.14194°N 117.17028°W / 33.14194; -117.17028
Country United States
State California
CountySan Diego
IncorporatedJanuary 28, 1963 (1963-01-28)
ChartedJuly 4, 1994 (1994-07-04)
Government
 • MayorJim Desmond
Area[1]
 • Total24.390 sq mi (63.169 km2)
 • Land24.370 sq mi (63.117 km2)
 • Water0.020 sq mi (0.053 km2)  0.08%
Population (2010)
 • Total83,781
 • Density3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code92069, 92078, 92079, 92096
Area code(s)760, 442
FIPS code06-68196
GNIS feature ID1661388
Websitehttp://www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/
 
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San Marcos, California
City
City of San Marcos
Looking North toward Lake San Marcos

Seal
Nickname(s): Valley of Discovery
Location in San Diego County and the state of California
Coordinates: 33°8′31″N 117°10′13″W / 33.14194°N 117.17028°W / 33.14194; -117.17028Coordinates: 33°8′31″N 117°10′13″W / 33.14194°N 117.17028°W / 33.14194; -117.17028
Country United States
State California
CountySan Diego
IncorporatedJanuary 28, 1963 (1963-01-28)
ChartedJuly 4, 1994 (1994-07-04)
Government
 • MayorJim Desmond
Area[1]
 • Total24.390 sq mi (63.169 km2)
 • Land24.370 sq mi (63.117 km2)
 • Water0.020 sq mi (0.053 km2)  0.08%
Population (2010)
 • Total83,781
 • Density3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code92069, 92078, 92079, 92096
Area code(s)760, 442
FIPS code06-68196
GNIS feature ID1661388
Websitehttp://www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/

San Marcos is a city in the North County section of San Diego County, California. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 83,781. Outside the San Diego region, it is best known as the home of California State University, San Marcos. The city is bordered by Escondido to the east, Encinitas to the southwest, Carlsbad to the west, and Vista to the northwest.

History[edit]

According to historical legends, the San Luis Rey Mission flocks were robbed by a small band of Indians in the late 18th century. Fleeing the Spanish troops, the Indians escaped to the hills. While pursuing the Indians, the Spaniards came upon a fertile valley in 1797 which was named Los Vallecitos de San Marcos (Little Valleys of Saint Mark) to honor the day of discovery: April 25, St. Mark’s Day. On April 22, 1840, Governor Juan B. Alvarado granted Rancho Vallecitos de San Marcos to his relative, Jose María Alvarado. Jose Alvarado was killed at the Pauma Massacre in 1846, and the land was left to his wife; she then sold the land to Lorenzo Soto. In the late 1850s, Soto sold part of his land to Cave Couts and his family was soon raising livestock. Although Cave Couts owned the land, Major Gustavus French Merriam from Topeka, Kansas made the first permanent settlement. Merriam homesteaded 160 acres (0.65 km2) in the north Twin Oaks Valley and began wine and honey production.

After Major Merriam’s settlement, German and Dutch immigrants began moving into the area in the early 1880s. Then in 1883 a few miles south of the settlement, John H. Barham founded the first town in the area. By 1884, the town of Barham had a post office, blacksmith, feed store and a weekly newspaper. In 1887, the San Marcos Land Company bought almost all of the San Marcos land formerly owned by the Couts family and promptly divided the land into tracts. Soon the beautiful hills began attracting home-seekers.

The original town of San Marcos was at the intersection of what is now Grand Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road. In 1887, the Santa Fe Railroad announced that it was going to lay tracks going through the valley, but to the disappointment of the citizens, the tracks were laid one mile (1.6 km) away from the center of the town. By 1896, San Marcos was a community with its own stores, post office, blacksmith and railroad depot. In 1903, the town appeared to be going downhill, so the people of San Marcos picked up their homes and moved along the railroad tracks to what now are Mission Road and Pico Avenue. By 1905, the town had every convenience, including rural mail delivery and telephone service. The first school in the area, which had started in Barham in 1880, was moved in 1889 to San Marcos. Later that same year, the Richland School was built, being the second school in San Marcos. The main business in San Marcos in the 19th and early 20th centuries was farming. In the mid-20th century, dairies and poultry production became a big part of the business in the town.

San Marcos experienced a period of growth from 1956 onward, when the first water from the Colorado River arrived. Several small businesses were founded and the population rapidly increased to 2,500. San Marcos became an incorporated city on January 28, 1963. In the 1970s, San Marcos was flourishing as the third fastest-growing city in the state with a population of 17,479 by 1980. The population continued to boom over the next two decades, reaching 33,800 in 1990 and 82,743 in 2000.

Recently, the growth of California State University, San Marcos has led to industries, such as the high-tech sector, setting up shop in the city.[citation needed]

Geography and climate[edit]

Lake San Marcos

San Marcos is located at 33°8′31″N 117°10′13″W / 33.14194°N 117.17028°W / 33.14194; -117.17028 (33.142077, -117.170233).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63 km2). 24.4 square miles (63 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) of it (0.08%) is water. Due to the moderating influence of the nearby Pacific, temperatures rarely fall below freezing in winter and above 90 degress F. in summer. Cool overcast is common in May and June. Most of the rain falls between November and March, averaging about 13 inches per year, with up to 18 inches falling in the San Marcos Hills.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[3] the top employers in the city are:

RankEmployer# of Employees % of total employment
1Hunter Industries8192.93%
2United Parcel Service4481.60%
3Oncore Manufacturing Services3321.19%
4Wal-Mart3121.12%
5Lusardi Construction Co.3001.07%
6PCL Construction Inc.3001.07%
7Fry's Electronics2991.07%
8So. CA Permanente Med Group2780.99%
9Costco Wholesale2510.90%
10Vanpike Inc.2460.88%

Education[edit]

San Marcos is quickly becoming known as the educational hub of San Diego North[attribution needed] with its award-winning[citation needed] school district, Palomar Community College and California State University San Marcos. Easy commutes are also available to other nearby colleges/universities as well as several employee skills training opportunities.

San Marcos Unified School District[edit]

The San Marcos Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in San Diego County and includes 19 schools with diverse educational programs for kindergarten through adult education students. SMUSD has 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 charter high school, 1 independent study high school and 1 continuation school. SMUSD serves more than 17,851 students in San Marcos, as well as sections of Vista, Escondido, Carlsbad, and some unincorporated areas of the County.

High Tech High & Middle, North County[edit]

High Tech High and Middle are both charter schools located in San Marcos. High Tech High, which started with a single school in 2000, is known for its small-school settings[by whom?], where students learn through projects, internships and interaction with professionals.

Palomar College[edit]

"P" on hillside above Palomar College

The main 200-acre (0.81 km2) campus of Palomar College is located in northern San Marcos. It is a public two-year community college and is a member of the California Community Colleges system. It enrolls approximately 30,000 full-time and part-time students. Palomar offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs, and residents of California are charged $46 per unit.

A giant letter P (for "Palomar") on the hillside above the campus is a ubiquitous landmark for San Marcos, visible miles away.[4]

CSU San Marcos[edit]

Craven Hall (CSUSM)

CSU San Marcos is a smaller campus in the California State University system. It was founded in 1989 and built on a 304-acre (1.23 km2) hillside in northern San Marcos. It enrolls about 9,000 students and offers 44 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs and 1 Doctorate in Education in three colleges and one nursing school.

University of St. Augustine[edit]

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is a Physical and Occupational Therapy graduate institution. The university's mission is the professional development of health care providers through innovative and individualized education. They offer a unique, hands-on curriculum which provides students with the tools it takes to become skilled clinicians. The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences offers Doctoral Degrees in both Physical Therapy (DPT) and Occupational Therapy (OTD).

Government[edit]

San Marcos is governed by a council-manager system. The city council consists of a mayor and four City Council Members, who are elected at-large to alternating four-year terms. The current mayor is Jim Desmond. The current Vice Mayor is Rebecca Jones. Current City Council Members are Kristal Jabara, Chris Orlando, and Sharon Jenkins. As of June 2012, the city manager is Jack Griffin.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
19703,896
198017,479348.6%
199038,974123.0%
200054,97741.1%
201083,78152.4%
San Marcos Civic Center is also home to City Hall and the Library

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that San Marcos had a population of 83,781. The population density was 3,435.1 people per square mile (1,326.3/km²). The racial makeup of San Marcos was 53,235 (63.5%) White, 1,967 (2.3%) African American, 591 (0.7%) Native American, 7,518 (9.0%) Asian, 322 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 15,853 (18.9%) from other races, and 4,295 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30,697 persons (36.6%).

The Census reported that 82,937 people (99.0% of the population) lived in households, 736 (0.9%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 108 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 27,202 households, out of which 11,724 (43.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 15,242 (56.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,056 (11.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,513 (5.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,372 (5.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 186 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,168 households (19.0%) were made up of individuals and 2,370 (8.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05. There were 19,811 families (72.8% of all households); the average family size was 3.49.

The population was spread out with 23,287 people (27.8%) under the age of 18, 9,215 people (11.0%) aged 18 to 24, 25,237 people (30.1%) aged 25 to 44, 17,515 people (20.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 8,527 people (10.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.9 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

There were 28,641 housing units at an average density of 1,174.3 per square mile (453.4/km²), of which 17,094 (62.8%) were owner-occupied, and 10,108 (37.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.7%. 50,570 people (60.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 32,367 people (38.6%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there are 54,977 people, 18,111 households, and 13,221 families residing in the city. The population density is 893.4/km² (2,314.3/mi²). There are 18,862 housing units at an average density of 306.5/km² (794.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 67.39% White, 2.00% African American, 0.82% Native American, 4.67% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 20.39% from other races, and 4.48% from two or more races. 36.87% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 18,111 households out of which 39.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% are married couples living together, 9.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% are non-families. 20.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.03 and the average family size is 3.46.

In the city the population is spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 98.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $45,908, and the median income for a family is $51,292. Males have a median income of $36,297 versus $27,015 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,657. 12.0% of the population and 7.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.5% of those under the age of 18 and 7.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Attractions[edit]

Old California Restaurant Row

San Marcos is known for having some of the best restaurants in North County. Old California Restaurant Row features a large concentration of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.

San Marcos features several golf courses.

There are many fine hotels in the city including a Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, and First Choice Executive Suites.

San Marcos has also become known for its abundance of open space and parks in recent years. Miles of trails have been planned and constructed to facilitate biking throughout the city. A popular destination is the top of Double Peak Park, which features a panorama of northern San Diego County from the highest coastal peak in the county. On a clear day one can see the San Bernardino Mountains in Los Angeles and the skyscrapers of downtown San Diego.

An illuminated cross, which stands on a hill above Lake San Marcos and is visible at night from many parts of the city, has been a community landmark for decades.[8]

Politics[edit]

San Marcos is located in California's 50th congressional district and is represented by Republican Duncan D. Hunter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ City of San Marcos CAFR
  4. ^ http://wikimapia.org/676190/The-Palomar-College-P - Palomar Letter P
  5. ^ "City of San Marcos, CA : News : San Marcos City Council votes to hire new city manager". 
  6. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Sterrett, David. Lights on cross above Lake San Marcos back on. North County Times. January 14, 2006. Accessed March 8, 2010.

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