You should seriously consider locating your business in San Marcos. Why?
Location and Climate!
Located in the beautiful foothills of northern San Diego County is San Marcos.
From miles of trails in the local hills, to unique dining and shopping opportunities in its retail centers, San Marcos has all the ingredients that make visiting enjoyable.
Just a 35-minute drive south takes you to downtown San Diego, while a short jaunt west across north county takes you to the majestic shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Home to Palomar College and California State University San Marcos, the City has also become the heart of education in San Diego North.
A dedication to parks and community services is another priority for the City of San Marcos. In addition to its rich recreational and cultural programs for children, teens, adults and seniors, the City will be constructing and opening an additional five new parks – bringing the total number of parks in San Marcos to 17.
Quality centers like Creekside Marketplace, Nordahl Center, Grand Plaza and Old California Restaurant Row have all become popular shopping and dining destinations, and plans for thoughtful future developments like the San Marcos Downtown Creek District, Palomar Station and University District will quickly put San Marcos on the map as a regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Community theatre, music and fine arts organizations are also alive and well in San Marcos. The City’s own “Theatre West” group presents outstanding community theatre production, while the California Center for the Arts in Escondido and the Performing Arts Center at Palomar College both bring entertainment of high acclaim to the local area.
San Marcos is one of the leading cities in the percentage change in population from 2000 to 2007, with an increase in 45 percent. According to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), San Marcos will continue to be one of the fastest growing cities in San Diego County over the next 20 years.
Five key factors are spurring the continued growth in San Marcos:
The City benefits from its transportation hub location in North County - it is bisected by SR 78 between Interstates 5 and 15. Other regional arteries are: San Marcos Blvd/Palomar Airport Road, Rancho Santa Fe Road and Twin Oaks Valley/San Elijo Road.
The educational institutions are second to none. California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) is currently serving 9,200 students with enrollment increasing annually. Palomar College has an enrollment in excess of 30,000 full and part-time students. The San Marcos Unified School District is educating over 17,200 students.
San Marcos is 72 percent built out with developable acreage still remaining for future development and/or redevelopment.
The Sprinter light rail commuter system has three stops in San Marcos (Palomar College, Civic Center, CSUSM) and one stop (Nordahl Road) just over the city line in Escondido. These are already attracting new development.
Land prices are still lower compared to other North San Diego County cities.
San Marcos has designated three Redevelopment Project Areas that encompass approximately 80 percent of its available land, making the vast majority of the City eligible for redevelopment..
10 Reasons to Live in San Marcos
- Strong Local and Regional Economy
San Marcos enjoys a low unemployment rate and is one of the fastest growing cities in San Diego County. Its low crime rate and strong commitment to promote economic development also add to the community's value.
- Excellent Transportation Network
Located along the SPRINTER commuter rail line with excellent bus service, San Marcos has a solid transportation network. The City is located along Highway 78 and has six interchanges along that route, with easy access to Interstates 5 and 15. Several airports are also close by, including Carlsbad/Palomar Airport (six miles), San Diego Airport (35 miles) and Orange County Airport (60 miles).
- Availability of Land for Development
Approximately 72 percent of the City is built-out.
- Central North County Location
San Marcos has an excellent urban (rural) interface setting with small town informality plus easy access to San Diego and southern Riverside and Orange County markets via Interstates 5 and 15.
- Exceptional Educational Opportunities
San Marcos is quickly becoming known as the educational hub of San Diego North with its award-winning 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.
- Diversified Housing Market
Home to award-winning San Elijo Hills and other master planned communities, San Marcos is the leader in providing quality housing with a wide range of prices and designs.
- Quality Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs
A master parks and trails program, exceptional community recreation programs, City/school district cooperative programs, access to lakes, beaches and cultural programs enhance the quality of life that residents enjoy in San Marcos.
- Hospitable Climate
It's hard to beat the mild, year-round climate that San Marcos enjoys. An average of nine to 11 inches of rain falls annually and average summer temperature hover around 72 degrees.
- Environmental Awareness
San Marcos takes environmental awareness to heart, and is working hard to preserve the San Marcos Creek, ridgelines and sensitive habitat. It actively participates in state, federal and regional conservation programs as well as progressive local air and water quality programs.
- Quality Medical Care
Local and regional hospitals and clinics, community outreach programs, expanding private and community hospital facilities ensure that residents have quick and quality access to medical care.
COME TO SAN MARCOS.............THE WEATHER IS GREAT!
Information from the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation and the City of San Marcos. You may visit them directly at www.smedc.org