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San Antonio-New Braunfels
Downtown San Antonio
Map showing the location of the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA
|• Urban||597.1 sq mi (1,546 km2)|
|• MSA||7,387 sq mi (19,130 km2)|
|• Urban||1,880,707 26th|
|• Urban density||2,944.6/sq mi (1,136.9/km2)|
|• MSA||2,550,960 (24th)|
|• MSA density||302.42/sq mi (116.77/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Greater San Antonio, officially designated San Antonio–New Braunfels, is an eight-county metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Texas defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The metropolitan area straddles South Texas and Central Texas and is on the southwestern corner of the Texas Triangle. The official 2018 U.S. Census estimate showed the metropolitan area's population at 2,550,960—up from a reported 1,711,103 in 2000—making it the 24th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Austin–Round Rock lies about 80 miles northeast of Greater San Antonio.
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There are eight counties that combine to form Greater San Antonio. The central county is Bexar.
|Census Area||Estimated population as of July 1, 2015||2010 Census||2000 Census||1990 Census|
|San Antonio–New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area||2,384,075||2,142,508||1,711,703||1,407,745|
The MSA covers a total of 7,387 sq. mi. 7,340 sq. mi. is land and 47 sq. mi. is water.
Greater San Antonio has a number of communities spread out across several counties and regions. It is centered around the City of San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the USA, with roughly 1.4 million residents spread across approximately 500 square miles. Other regions include the Randolph Metrocom and the surrounding counties.
Places with more than 1,000,000 people
- San Antonio (Principal city and central city)
Places with 50,000 to 100,000 people
- New Braunfels (Principal city)
Places with 25,000 to 50,000 people
Places with 10,000 to 25,000 people
Places with 5,000 to 10,000 people
Places with 1,000 to 5,000 people
- Balcones Heights
- Bulverde, Texas
- Castle Hills
- China Grove
- Cross Mountain
- Garden Ridge
- Hill Country Village
- Hollywood Park
- La Vernia
- Lake Dunlap
- Nixon (partial)
- Northcliff (former)
- Olmos Park
- Randolph AFB
- Sandy Oaks
- Scenic Oaks
- Shavano Park
- St. Hedwig
- Von Ormy
Places with fewer than 1,000 people
The San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is located in Uptown San Antonio, approximately eight miles north of Downtown. It has two terminals and is served by 21 airlines serving 44 destinations including six in Mexico.
VIA Metropolitan Transit is the metropolitan area's public transportation authority, serving the entire City of San Antonio and many of its suburbs throughout Bexar County.
San Antonio Station serves as the area's Amtrak train station.
- Interstate 10- West to El Paso, east to Houston
- Interstate 35- North to Austin and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, south to Laredo
- Interstate 37- South to Corpus Christi
- Interstate 410- Inner loop around San Antonio, also passes through the following municipalities: Castle Hills, Balcones Heights, and Leon Valley
Other major highways
- U.S. Highway 87- South to Victoria, north to San Angelo
- U.S. Highway 90- West to Uvalde
- U.S. Highway 181- South to Beeville
- U.S. Highway 281- North to Wichita Falls, south to McAllen
- Loop 1604- Outer loop around San Antonio
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,711,703 people, 601,265 households, and 432,131 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 71.4% White, 7.2% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 16.6% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.4% of the population. The median income for a household in the MSA was $40,764 and the median income for a family was $46,686. Males had a median income of $32,143 versus $24,007 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,713.
|Year||Not Hispanic or Latino||Hispanic or Latino||Total|
|White||Black or African American||American Indian or Alaska Native||Asian||Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||Other Race||Two or More Races||Total||White||Black or African American||American Indian or Alaska Native||Asian||Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||Other Race||Two or More Races||Total|
San Antonio is often referred to as "Military City, USA" due to the heavy military presence. Currently, San Antonio is home to the largest concentrations of military bases in the U.S. The following military bases are in the San Antonio area: Lackland Air Force Base, Brooke Army Medical Center, Randolph Air Force Base, and Fort Sam Houston.
The City of San Antonio is home to many public institutions. The San Antonio area's largest university is the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Other public institutions include the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas A&M University–San Antonio, and the five colleges of the Alamo Community College District.
The city has many private institutions as well, such as Our Lady of the Lake University and St. Mary's University on the inner west side. Trinity University and the University of the Incarnate Word are in Midtown. The Culinary Institute of America maintains its third campus in downtown.
Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and Howard Payne University at New Braunfels, now offering classes at a local high school but will soon have a true campus in the Veramendi Development, are the only higher education institutions in the area outside of San Antonio city limits.
The San Antonio area has many public elementary and secondary schools sorted into the following independent school districts:
|County||Independent School Districts (ISDs)|
|Atascosa||Charlotte, Jourdanton, Karnes City, Lytle, Pleasanton, Poteet, Somerset|
|Bandera||Bandera, Medina, Northside, Utopia|
|Bexar County/City of San Antonio||Alamo Heights, Boerne, Comal, East Central, Edgewood, Fort Sam Houston, Harlandale, Judson, Lackland, Medina Valley, North East, Northside, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, South San Antonio, Southside, Southwest, Somerset|
|Comal||New Braunfels, Comal, Boerne|
|Guadalupe||Seguin, Navarro, Comal, New Braunfels, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, Marion, San Marcos Consolidated, Nixon-Smiley Consolidated, Prairie Lea, Luling, La Vernia|
|Kendall||Boerne, Comfort, Blanco, Comal|
|Medina||Devine, Hondo, Medina Valley, Natalia, Lytle|
|Wilson||Floresville, La Vernia, Stockdale, Nixon-Smiley Consolidated, Poth, East Central|
|American football||NCAA Division I||2011||Alamodome (65,000)||27,576||0|
San Antonio Spurs
|Basketball||NBA||1967||AT&T Center (18,580)||18,418||5|
San Antonio Missions
|Baseball||Pacific Coast League||1888||Wolff Stadium (9,200)||8,500||13|
San Antonio FC
|Soccer||USL Championship||2016||Toyota Field (8,300)||6,765||0|
|Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps||Drum Corps||Drum Corps International||1975||Varies||Varies||0|
|San Antonio Soldados||Quidditch||Major League Quidditch||2019||Varies||Varies||0|
The city of San Antonio is home to only one Major League sports team; the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The city's football team is the UTSA Roadrunners who compete at the NCAA FBS level. Multiple minor league teams play in San Antonio, including San Antonio Missions and San Antonio FC.
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