San Marcos, with numerous performing arts centers, various recreational activities, and relaxing first-class resorts, has been nicknamed "The Valley of Discovery." One of the major events hosted in San Marcos includes the Grand Summer Festival, an August celebration featuring specialty foods and micro-brews, live blues & jazz performances, and one of the largest classic car shows in San Diego County. In March, the city celebrates its Carnival of Cultures, with international cuisine and traditional arts. In May, it hosts the nation’s largest one-day street fair. This family-oriented city houses two public swimming pools, eight parks, and three golf courses. With approximately 83,000 residents, the population of San Marcos increased 51% between 2000 and 2009. San Marcos is approximately 85% built out with acreage still remaining for future development and/or redevelopment. Land prices are lower here than other north San Diego County cities.
California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM) just celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2010 and currently serves approximately 9,200 students with enrollment increasing annually. Palomar College has an enrollment in excess of 30,000 full and part-time students.
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