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San Antonio-New Braunfels
Downtown San Antonio
Downtown San Antonio
Map showing the location of the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA
Map showing the location of the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA
Country United States
State Texas
Principal cities
Area
 • Urban
597.1 sq mi (1,546 km2)
 • MSA 7,387 sq mi (19,130 km2)
Population
 (2019)
 • 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)
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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.

San Antonio–New Braunfels is the third-largest metro area in Texas, after Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington and Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land.

Counties

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
Atascosa 48,435 44,911 38,628 30,533
Bandera 21,269 20,485 17,645 10,562
Bexar 1,897,753 1,714,773 1,392,931 1,185,394
Comal 129,048 108,472 78,021 51,832
Guadalupe 151,249 131,533 89,023 64,873
Kendall 40,384 33,410 23,743 14,589
Medina 48,417 46,006 39,204 27,312
Wilson 47,520 42,918 32,408 22,650

The MSA covers a total of 7,387 sq. mi. 7,340 sq. mi. is land and 47 sq. mi. is water.

Communities

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.

Panorama from hotel in San Antonio
Downtown San Antonio is the urban core of the metropolitan area.
Downtown New Braunfels on rainy morning IMG 3258
New Braunfels is the second largest city in the metropolitan area and is a satellite of San Antonio.
Guadalupe courthouse
Seguin is the fourth largest city in the metropolitan area and is a satellite of San Antonio.
St. Peter's Church, Alamo Heights, TX
Alamo Heights is an inner-ring suburb of San Antonio. Together with Olmos Park and Terrell Hills, Alamo Heights is a relatively short distance from Fort Sam Houston and Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown San Antonio.

Places with more than 1,000,000 people

Places with 50,000 to 100,000 people

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

Places with fewer than 1,000 people

Unincorporated places

Transportation

US 281, San Antonio, Texas
Downtown San Antonio from U.S. 281 southbound.

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 Highways

Other major highways

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 69,422
1910 119,626 72.3%
1920 202,096 68.9%
1930 292,533 44.7%
1940 356,176 21.8%
1950 500,460 40.5%
1960 796,792 59.2%
1970 863,669 8.4%
1980 1,154,648 33.7%
1990 1,407,745 21.9%
2000 1,711,703 21.6%
2010 2,142,508 25.2%
2019 (est.) 2,550,960 19.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000

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.

Racial and Ethnic Composition of Greater San Antonio
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
2014 793,403 137,401 4,603 47,580 1,890 2,734 34,259 1,021,870 976,671 7,883 9,937 1,702 724 187,587 32,848 1,217,352 2,239,222
35.4% 6.1% 0.2% 2.1% 0.1% 0.1% 1.5% 45.6% 43.6% 0.4% 0.4% 0.1% 0.0% 8.4% 1.5% 54.4% 100%
2013 783,712 133,710 4,391 45,049 1,947 3,246 31,742 1,003,797 930,034 7,827 11,054 1,915 742 205,365 31,990 1,188,927 2,192,724
35.7% 6.1% 0.2% 2.1% 0.1% 0.1% 1.4% 45.8% 42.4% 0.4% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 9.4% 1.5% 54.2% 100%
2012 774,827 130,096 4,521 42,647 1,824 3,176 29,516 986,607 895,545 7,312 10,498 1,891 668 214,555 32,077 1,162,546 2,149,153
36.1% 6.1% 0.2% 2.0% 0.1% 0.1% 1.4% 45.9% 41.7% 0.3% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 10.0% 1.5% 54.1% 100%
2011 767,349 128,069 4,666 40,356 1,860 3,178 27,143 972,621 834,874 7,095 10,069 1,832 403 248,054 30,514 1,132,841 2,105,462
36.4% 6.1% 0.2% 2.0% 0.1% 0.2% 1.3% 46.2% 39.7% 0.3% 0.5% 0.1% 0.0% 11.8% 1.5% 53.8% 100%
2010 758,379 125,270 4,828 39,358 1,750 3,430 23,711 956,726 778,780 6,984 8,721 1,659 383 276,645 27,884 1,101,056 2,057,782
36.9% 6.1% 0.2% 2.0% 0.1% 0.2% 1.2% 46.5% 37.8% 0.3% 0.4% 0.1% 0.0% 13.4% 1.4% 53.5% 100%

Economy

San Antonio–New Braunfels is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. Valero Energy Corp, iHeartMedia, USAA, and NuStar Energy are located in San Antonio. Rush Enterprises is located in New Braunfels.

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.

Education

UTSAcampus2
University of Texas at San Antonio

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

Sports

Professional and major NCAA D1 sports teams (ranked by attendance)
Club Sport League Founded Venue (capacity) Attendance Titles Championship
years
UTSA Inaugural Football Game.jpg
UTSA Roadrunners
American football NCAA Division I 2011 Alamodome (65,000) 27,576 0
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San Antonio Spurs
Basketball NBA 1967 AT&T Center (18,580) 18,418 5
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San Antonio Missions
Baseball Pacific Coast League 1888 Wolff Stadium (9,200) 8,500 13
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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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