Texas State Community

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Texas State University is located in the community of San Marcos, Texas. San Marcos boasts a population of around 40,000 residents. Unlike many cities in the state with a similar population, San Marcos has many more "urban" characteristics in terms of its cultural offerings.

Meeting the Needs of Mind, Body and Spirit

Thanks to its relative proximity to Austin, the music scene in San Marcos is alive and well. Because of the enormously popular San Marcos River which runs down the center of town, it has a lively parks and recreation department. Due to the many top-level outlet shopping malls, shopping opportunities in San Marcos are more akin to those in Dallas than a typical small Texas town. In short, the environment is very stimulating, with plenty of things to see and do, both indoors and out.

Public data implies a community that by and large gets along quite well. Though property crimes in San Marcos are a tad higher than in other spots in the state, the violent crime statistics are much lower. In fact, in unofficial polls, 95 percent of residents surveyed claim they feel safe throughout the city, regardless of time of day or year. Plus, with health costs lower than the national average, and the air and water quality higher than the national average, residents not only feel safe, but they feel well, too.

The spiritual life in this community is alive and well, too. There are over 65 places of worship within the community. In addition to a wide variety of Christian churches (including Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon, and more), other faiths are represented as well, including Baha'i temples, Unitarian centers, and more. Though there are no synagogues within the city limits, nearby Austin is home to nine.


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