San Antonio

city in Bexar County, Texas, United States

San Antonio is a large city in southern Texas, USA. It is the second most populous city in Texas, with about 1.4 million people. It is the seventh most populous city in the United States. The city is known for The Alamo, and the River Walk along the small small San Antonio River that flows through the middle of the city. It is lined with shops and restaurants. San Antonio is also home to the San Antonio Spurs, which is a basketball team in the NBA.

San Antonio, Texas
Official seal of San Antonio, Texas
Coat of arms of San Antonio, Texas
Nickname(s): 
San Antone[1][2][3][4] Alamo City, Military City USA, River City, The 210, S.A., Countdown City, Something to Remember
Motto: 
Latin: Libertatis cunabula ("Cradle of Freedom")
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Interactive map of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas is located in Texas
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Location in Texas
San Antonio, Texas is located in the United States
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 29°25′30″N 98°29′38″W / 29.42500°N 98.49389°W / 29.42500; -98.49389
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountiesBexar, Comal, Medina
FoundationMay 1, 1718[5]
IncorporatedJune 5, 1837[6]
Named forSaint Anthony of Padua
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • BodySan Antonio City Council
 • MayorRon Nirenberg (I)
 • City ManagerErik Walsh
 • City Council
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Area
 • City504.64 sq mi (1,307.00 km2)
 • Land498.85 sq mi (1,292.02 km2)
 • Water5.79 sq mi (14.98 km2)
Elevation
650 ft (198 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City1,434,625
 • Rank
  • 17th in North America
  • 7th in the United States
  • 2nd in Texas
 • Density2,875.86/sq mi (1,110.37/km2)
 • Urban
1,992,689 (US: 24th)
 • Urban density3,248.4/sq mi (1,254.2/km2)
 • Metro2,601,788 (US: 24th)
DemonymSan Antonian
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
78201–78266, 78268–78270, 78275, 78278–78280, 78283–78285, 78288–89, 78291–78299
Area codes210 (majority), 830 (portions), 726
FIPS code48-65000
Websitewww.SanAntonio.gov

57% of the population is Hispanic, 32% is white, 8% is African-American, 2% is Asian, and 1% Native American. The main industries of San Antonio are health-care, tourism, and national defense. Besides tourist attractions, the city has many medical centers and military bases.

Geography

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San Antonio is surrounded by Hill Country, Prairie, and the South Texas Plains.

Climate

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San Antonio has a semi-arid climate with characteristics of a humid subtropical climate. Like Austin, rain comes during the spring.

Culture

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San Antonio has a Mexican American culture because it was once a part of Mexico.

The Alamo is located here. One of three SeaWorlds is located here, the other two being in Orlando and San Diego. San Antonio is home to two amusement parks, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio.

Neighborhoods

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Downtown

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Downtown San Antonio, the city and metro area's urban core, encompasses many of the city's famous structures, attractions, and businesses. The central business district is generally understood to cover the northern half of the "Downtown Loop"— the area bordered by Cesar Chavez to the south. Due to the size of the city and its horizontal development, downtown accounts for less than one half of one percent of San Antonio's geographic area.

North Central

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North Central is home to several enclaves and upscale neighborhoods including Castle Hills, Hollywood Park, Elm Creek, Inwood, and Rogers Ranch. The area is also the location of upper-middle-class neighborhoods (Deerfield, Churchill Estates, Hunter's Creek, Oak Meadow, and Summerfield).

Northwest Side

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Northwest Side is the location of the main campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the Northwest Campus of the University of the Incarnate Word, which includes the Rosenberg School of Optometry. The Medical Center District is also located in Northwest Side. Companies with headquarters in the area include Valero and NuStar Energy.

South Side

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The South Side area of San Antonio is characterized for its predominantly Latino and Hispanic neighborhoods, an average above 81 percent. Large growth came to South Side when Toyota constructed a manufacturing plant. Palo Alto College and the Texas A&M University-San Antonio are located in the area.

East Side

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East Side San Antonio is home to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the AT&T Center, and the Freeman Coliseum. The area has the largest concentration of Black and African American residents.

Sports

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Club League Founded Venue (capacity) Attendance Titles Championship years
UTSA Roadrunners Division I (NCAA) football 2011 Alamodome (65,000) 35,521 0
San Antonio Spurs National Basketball Association 1967 AT&T Center (18,580) 18,431 4 1999, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07
San Antonio Stars WNBA 1997 AT&T Center (18,580) 7,850 0
San Antonio Talons Arena Football League 2000 Alamodome (65,000) 7,715 2 2003, 2007
San Antonio Scorpions North American Soccer League 2010 Toyota Field (8,300) 7,074 0
San Antonio Rampage American Hockey League 2002 AT&T Center (16,000) 6,505 0

References

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  1. Austin Papers: Series III, 1835 (December 9, 1835). "Transcript of letter from E. Hall to James F. Perry". Retrieved June 16, 2021 – via University of North Texas Libraries.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. Olmsted, Frederick Law (1857). Journey through Texas, or, A saddle-trip on the southwestern frontier: with a statistical appendix. New York: Dix, Edwards & Co. p. 187. Retrieved June 16, 2021 – via University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History.
  3. Marini, Richard A. (March 21, 2012). "You know you're from San Antonio if ..." San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  4. Ayala, Christine (May 6, 2016). "No, Obama, it's not called 'San Antone'". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  5. Cite error: The named reference Adina was used but no text was provided for refs named (see the help page).
  6. "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)". id.loc.gov.
  7. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  8. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2021.

Other websites

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  Media related to San Antonio, Texas at Wikimedia Commons