Set in the picturesque Texas Hill Country and strategically located in the heart of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor, San Marcos is ideal for companies and people who are looking to have the cachet of Austin without the cost. Ranked for three consecutive years as the nation’s fastest growing city by the U.S. Census Bureau (2013–2015), the city is one of the most affordable in Texas and is conveniently situated 30 minutes between Austin and San Antonio on Interstate 35. San Marcos is home to the state’s fourth-largest university, Texas State University, an Emerging Research University and Hispanic Serving Institute with nearly 39,000 students. The University’s STAR Park, a 58,000-square-foot advanced materials research center, fosters and houses innovative young technology companies performing cutting-edge research that are anchoring San Marcos as the center of the Innovation Corridor. Brand-name companies have taken notice of the economic growth in San Marcos, most recently Best Buy, which just opened its first and only Texas e-commerce sales operation in the city; and Amazon, which began operations in its new 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in August 2016 and expects to create over 1,000 jobs. The city is poised for growth in several industries, including Aerospace, Aviation, Security & Defense; Business Services & Support; Material Sciences; Information Technology; Life Sciences; Regional Distribution; and Destination Attractions. WHAT MAKES SAN MARCOS STAND OUT? • Abundant Talent: Employers can tap the diverse and talented workforce of 2.1 million within a 60- mile radius of San Marcos, per the Texas Workforce Commission. • Affordability: San Marcos is 12 percent less expensive than the national average. Statewide, San Marcos is the seventh-least expensive area and is the most affordable city in the Austin MSA. Housing costs in San Marcos are 40 percent lower than Austin on average. • Accessibility: San Marcos has strong infrastructure with easy access to two major highways, I-35 and SH-130, two international airports, Austin- Bergstrom and San Antonio, and is home to San Marcos Regional Airport, a former air base.
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