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San Antonio At A Glance

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Remember The Alamo? Remember San Antonio. The Spanish name for Saint Anthony, San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas with 1.4 million residents. Located 75 miles southwest of the state capital in Austin, San Antonio has a great economy, a large military presence, lots of sunshine and a history unique to the River City.

How The City Started

First settled by the Payaya Indians who lived near the banks of the San Antonio River (also named after San Anthony). Early Spanish missionaries established their mission in what is now known as The Alamo. Later the Mexican's were forced out of the southern part of the current state boundaries, but Mexican-influenced cultures still abound in this southern Texas city. The center of the cattle industry after the American Civil War, in 1877 the railroad now included San Antonio connecting it with other parts of the U.S. Population growth continues today making San Antonio the seventh largest city in the U.S.

Healthy Economy

Over half of the trade between the U.S. and Mexico goes through San Antonio, reports Forbes Magazine. The city has a lower cost of living than the national average and was not hurt much in the 21st Century recession. The healthy economy is due in large part to the second largest military population in the U.S. and not the 300 days of sunshine a year. Aside from the military, the top industries are financial services, healthcare, tourism and government.

Things To Do

There are many things to do in San Antonio from enjoying events with local flavor, to catching a home game of the city's beloved San Antonio Spurs basketball team, to visiting the many historic places dotted throughout the area. Check out these five places:

  • The Alamo - site of Battle of the Alamo (U.S. vs. Mexican Army) and museum
  • Fiesta San Antonio - city's biggest festival dating to 1891
  • El Mercado - largest Mexican market outside of Mexico
  • Stock Show and Rodeo - one of the largest rodeos in the U.S.
  • The Riverwalk - connected walkways along the San Antonio River with shops and restaurants/bars

What Does Forbes Magazine Say?

In recent years, Forbes Magazine placed San Antonio in several of its lists, such as:

  • #9 - best places for job growth
  • #13 - best places for business and careers
  • #129 - best places for education
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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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