About San Antonio

San Antonio — Friendly small-town feel in a major city.

San Antonio is a beautiful and unique city with more than 1.3 million people. It's the 7th largest city in the U.S. and the 2nd largest city in Texas, but the city has managed to retain much of the small-town friendly feel that has made it 'home' for so many. It was the fastest growing of the top 10 largest cities in the United States from 2000-2010. With many great school systems within San Antonio and in the outlying smaller towns, San Antonio is a wonderful place to raise a family. Summers are hot, winters are relatively mild (it has snowed 31 times in the past 122 years), and the San Antonio metropolitan area offers all the big-city amenities without the big-city feel.

The city was named for San Antonio de Padua, whose feast day is on June 13, when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. Famous for Spanish missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, and host to SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, the city is visited by approximately 26 million tourists per year according to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. The city is home to the four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. San Antonio is home to five Fortune 500 companies and to the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.

Cost of living in San Antonio

We enjoy a cost of living that is consistently one of the lowest among comparably-sized cities in the US. Housing remains more affordable than in other large cities in Texas and throughout the country, with the current median home price at about $135k. Many residents are able to have the option of buying a home.

There are a number of activities for kids of all ages and families.

  • Theme Parks: Sea World, Splash Town, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Museums: Children's Museum, Art Museum, Natural History and Culture Museum, the Alamo, Witte Museum and Guinness World Records Museum
  • Kiddie Park, the nation's oldest children's amusement park
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Zoo
  • IMAX theaters
  • Treat yourself or spouse to a massage, facial, or pedicure at one of the numerous spas or wellness centers in San Antonio
  • Numerous festivals and street fairs and local gatherings including the famous Fiesta celebration and annual oyster bake

Dining and Night Life

Whatever you're in the mood for, San Antonio offers a wide range of entertainment options when the sun goes down. Night life ranges from trendy nightclubs to bull riding. Check out Main Plaza, in the heart of downtown, which has live music all year long. Two-step to a country-western band, soak up Latin rhythms, or get your 80's and 90's music fix on at one of the many dance bars downtown along the River Walk. San Antonio is home to the revered Jim Cullum Jazz Band (you may have heard their weekly radio show on NPR) and they play live at The Landing on the River Walk. The nice weather all year long lends itself to many outdoor concerts and live music.

Two-step to a country-western band, soak up Latin rhythms, or get your 80s and 90s music fix on at one of the many dance bars downtown along the Riverwalk. San Antonio is home to the revered Jim Cullum Jazz Band (you may have heard their weekly radio show on NPR) and they play live at The Landing on the River Walk. The nice weather all year long lends itself to many outdoor concerts and live music.

Other activities include comedy clubs, theatre, outdoor movies at La Cantera, the San Antonio symphony, basketball games at the AT & T Center for the San Antonio Spurs, tubing down the Guadalupe River, wine tasting, and more! The River Walk has a number of bars, live entertainment, boat rides and historical areas of interest.

San Antonio is home to a myriad of dining options ranging from elegant five star restaurants to down home Texas barbeque. There are German bakeries, Mexican cantinas, French bistros and Italian trattorias. Acclaimed chefs bring their world class training back to our blossoming culinary landscape. We have some of the best margaritas in the country and Texas wine country offers some tempting selections.

Sports and Activities

  • The Spurs are a professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association and won NBA championships in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007.
  • Minor League Baseball (San Antonio Missions) and Minor League Hockey (San Antonio Rampage)
  • UTSA football games in the Alamo Dome
  • Golf – San Antonio has several private and public courses as well as driving ranges and lessons available year round
  • Tennis – Drop in for a lesson or cardio class at a number of local clubs, several open to the public
  • Scorpion Soccer
  • Running – Sign up for a 5k, marathon, other competitive running or kick back and join the San Antonio Hash House Harriers, a social jogging group
  • Swimming – A number of pools and water parks are located throughout the city. Check out boating activities and water sports at Canyon Lake or float the river with your friends down the Comal or Guadelupe.
  • Hiking – Explore the Texas Hill Country by foot, check out some of the park trails, botanical gardens, or camping grounds in the area. Some of the local favorites include Enchanted Rock, Hamilton's Pool, Garner State Park, Government Canyon State Natural Area, Pedernales Falls, Lost Maples and Big Bend. Our EM Wilderness Club has group trips to some of the best surrounding areas.

Shopping

San Antonio and the surrounding areas offer everything from bargain shopping and outlet malls in San Marcos to premiere shopping and outdoor venues at La Cantera. Did we mention the benefit of tax free shopping in Texas? You can literally shop till you drop with the variety of options in the area.

Proximity to Surrounding Areas

  • 1 hour from Austin, home of the University of Texas Undergraduate Campus, and famous Austin City Limits live music festival
  • About 2 1/2 hours to the beaches of Corpus Christi or Rockport
  • About 30 minutes to New Braunfels – old German town famous for its water park, Schlitterbahn, music and wine festivals, and oldest dance hall in Texas with daily live entertainment
  • With an international airport in the middle of San Antonio, it is easy to get just about anywhere
 
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