San Marcos is home to Texas State University-San Marcos and appeared on Business Week's "Best Places to Raise Your Kids" survey in 2010. It's located 40 minutes from Austin, Texas, and an hour from San Antonio, so residents get to enjoy the cultural and economic benefits of those cities in addition to their own. With a median home price of $43,000, according to Trulia.com, San Marcos is an inexpensive alternative to larger Texas cities.
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