• Welcome to San Marcos Texas (TX)

    San Marcos, San Marcos City, seat (1848) of Hays county, south-central Texas, U.S. The city lies on the San Marcos River, 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Austin. Franciscan missionaries probably first saw the river on St. Mark’s Day in 1709. The original Spanish settlement, Villa de San Marcos de Neve, established in 1809 at the Camino Real river crossing, was abandoned in 1812. Resettled by Anglo-Americans in 1846 and laid out in 1851, it developed as an agricultural and ranching centre. The city is located on the Interstate 35 corridor—between Austin and San Antonio. The population was 44,894 in 2010.

    San Marcos Texas CityThe San Marcos Texas (TX) Courthouse

    Founded on the banks of the San Marcos River, the area is considered to be among the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Northern Hemisphere. San Marcos is home to Texas State University–San Marcos, and the Aquarena Center.

    The San Marcos City Council is composed of a Mayor elected at-large by the people for a two-year term and six Council Members elected at-large for staggered three year terms. Regular City Council elections are held on the general election day in November.

    The San Marcos City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The City Council operates under the City Charter adopted by the citizens of San Marcos.

    The Council enacts policies, adopts ordinances and resolutions, establishes the annual budget to provide services to the public, and sets the city tax rate, and water, electric and wastewater rates for San Marcos. All Council meetings are open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to attend and participate in City Government!


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