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San Antonio

county seat city in Bexar County, Texas; seventh largest city in the United States by population

San Antonio is a large city in southern Texas, USA. It is the second most populous city in Texas, with about 1.3 million people. 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
City of San Antonio
Top: Night view of Downtown San Antonio from the Tower of the Americas, 2nd left: The River Walk, 2nd right: McNay Art Museum, 3rd left: Tower Life Building, 3rd middle left: Bexar County Courthouse, 3rd middle right: San Antonio Public Library, 3rd right: Tower of the Americas at night, Bottom: Alamo Mission House
Top: Night view of Downtown San Antonio from the Tower of the Americas, 2nd left: The River Walk, 2nd right: McNay Art Museum, 3rd left: Tower Life Building, 3rd middle left: Bexar County Courthouse, 3rd middle right: San Antonio Public Library, 3rd right: Tower of the Americas at night, Bottom: Alamo Mission House
Nickname(s): 
S.A., River City, San Antone,
Alamo City, Military City USA, Countdown City
Location in Bexar County in the state of Texas
Location in Bexar County in the state of Texas
Map of Texas
Map of Texas
San Antonio
Location in Texas
Coordinates: 29°25′N 98°30′W / 29.417°N 98.500°W / 29.417; -98.500Coordinates: 29°25′N 98°30′W / 29.417°N 98.500°W / 29.417; -98.500
Country United States of America
State Texas
CountiesBexar, Medina, Comal
Foundation1691
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • BodySan Antonio City Council
 • MayorRon Nirenberg (I)
 • City ManagerSheryl Sculley
 • City Council
Area
 • City465.4 sq mi (1,205.4 km2)
 • Land460.93 sq mi (1,193.7 km2)
 • Water4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
Elevation
650 ft (198 m)
Population
(2012)
 • City1,382,951 (7th)
 • Density3,000.35/sq mi (1,147.3/km2)
 • Metro
2,234,023 (25th)
 • Demonym
San Antonian
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s)210 (majority), 830 (portions)
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.

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GeographyEdit

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

ClimateEdit

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

CultureEdit

San Antonio has a Spanish Culture due to Spanish having settled here for years.

FactsEdit

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.

NeighborhoodsEdit

DowntownEdit

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 CentralEdit

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 SideEdit

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 SideEdit

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 SideEdit

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 residents.

SportsEdit

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

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