Southwest San Antonio

San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is the second-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventh largest city in the United States. Located in South Texas, San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is a cultural gateway into the American Southwest. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is the seat of Bexar County with a population of 1,328,984 as of the 2007 U.S. Census estimate, as well as the 4th fastest growing large San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) in the nation from 2000-2006 in terms of percentage. Its metropolitan area has approximately 2 million people and is the 28th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

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San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) was named for the Portuguese Saint Anthony, whose feast day is on (June 13) when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) has a strong military presence-it is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)-Base, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley right outside San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX). Furthermore, Kelly Air Force Base (now Port San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)) operated out of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) until 2001, when the airfield was transferred over to Lackland AFB and the remaining portions of the base became an industrial/business park. The decision to close Kelly and consolidate its resources came from the 1995 BRAC. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is also home to the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.

Famous for its River Walk, the Alamo, Tejano culture, and home to the SeaWorld San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is visited by 26 million tourists per year according to the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Convention and Visitors Bureau. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is also home to the first museum of modern art in Texas-the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, as well as one of the more successful National Basketball Association teams in league history, the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Spurs.

Economy

San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) has a diversified economy with four primary focuses: financial services, health care, national defense, and tourism. Located northwest of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) center is the South Texas Medical Center, the largest medical research and care provider in South Texas, which is a conglomerate of numerous major hospitals, clinics, and research and higher educational institutions. The center is “chief catalyst” for a $14 billion biomedical industry. It employs over 27,000 persons with a combined total budget of $2.8 billion. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is the only San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) in the United States hosting three Level I Trauma Centers within San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) limits (2 military, 1 civilian).

San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is also home to one of the largest military concentrations in the United States. Fort Sam Houston on San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s northeast side hosts Brooke Army Medical Center, focus of the U.S. Army’s medical command and training functions. Lackland Air Force Base on San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s west side is one of the world’s largest training complexes. While it is known for hosting the U.S. Air Force’s basic military training, it also hosts follow-on technical training for many other Air Force specialties, as well as other operations. Randolph Air Force Base on the far northeastern outskirts is the headquarters of the Air Education and Training Command, headquarters for Air Force personnel management and also hosts pilot and navigator training. Additionally, Brooks San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)-Base on San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s south side and Port San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) (formerly Kelly Air Force Base) adjoining Lackland still have significant military presences as well as defense contractor businesses. The defense industry in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) employs over 89,000 and provides a $5.25 billion impact to San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s economy.

Twenty million tourists visit San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) and its attractions every year, contributing substantially to San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s economy. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center alone hosts more than 300 events each year with over 750,000 convention delegates from around the world. Tourism employs 94,000 citizens and makes an economic impact of over $8.7 billion in the local economy as revealed in the Economic Impact Study conducted every two years by the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Tourism Council and the research team of Dr. Richard Butler and Dr. Mary Stefl of Trinity University. Tourism also brings new annual revenues to San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) and other governmental entities with the hotel & motel tax, sales taxes and other revenues from hospitality agreements and contracts. This number exceeded over $160 million in the 2004 study.

San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is home to five major Fortune 1000 companies: Valero Energy Corp, Tesoro Petroleum Corp, Clear Channel Communications, USAA, and NuStar Energy. Telecom giant AT&T was once based in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX), but in June 2008, they announced their decision to move corporate headquarters to Dallas, Texas, but will continue to operate telecom operations in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX), leaving 5,000 employees. The move will be complete near the end of 2008. Other companies finding home in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) include: Advantage Rent A Car, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Frost National Bank, Harte-Hanks, H-E-B, Jim’s Restaurants, NewTek, Rackspace, Southwest Research Institute, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Taco Cabana, V. K. Knowlton Construction and Utilities, Zachry Construction, EyeMasters, Kinetic Concepts Inc, and Fairchild. Companies not headquartered in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) but which have a strong presence in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) include: Bank of America, Boeing, Caremark Rx Inc., The Capital Group Companies, Citibank, InfoNxx, QVC, NSA, Wachovia Bank, Washington Mutual, West Corporation, Harland Clarke and Lowe’s, while Microsoft is currently constructing a server farm on San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s northwest side. Other industries are establishing plants in the area, as San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s economy continues to grow.

Geography

San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is located near 29.5°N 98.5°W. According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2000 San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) had a total area of 412.07 square miles (1,067.3 km²) – 407.56 square miles (1,055.6 km²) of land and 4.51 square miles (11.7 km²) of water. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) sits on the Balcones Escarpment.

The primary source of drinking water for San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is the Edwards Aquifer. Impounded in 1962 and 1969, respectively, Victor Braunig Lake and Calaveras Lake were among the first reservoirs in the country built to use recycled treated wastewater for power plant cooling, reducing the amount of groundwater needed for electrical generation.

 

Demographics

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) had a population of 1,144,646, ranking it the ninth-most populated San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) in the country. Due to San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s low density rate and lack of significant population surrounding San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) limits, the metropolitan area ranked just 30th in the U.S. with a population of 1,592,383.

Subsequent population estimates indicate continued growth in the area. The July 1, 2007, population estimate for San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) was 1,328,984 making it the second-most populous San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) and the third-most populous metro area in Texas, as well as the seventh-most populous San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) in the U.S. The 2007 U.S. Census estimate for the eight-county (Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties) San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) metropolitan statistical area (MSA) placed its population at 1,990,675, making it the third-most populous metro area in Texas and the 28th-most populous metro area in the U.S. San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s MSA is bordered to the Northeast by the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and the two metros together combine to form a region of almost 3.6 million people.

There are 405,474 households, and 280,993 families residing in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX). The population density is 2,808.5 people per square mile (1,084.4 km²).

There are 433,122 housing units at an average density of 1,062.7 per square mile (410.3 km²). According to U.S. Census data from 2006, the racial composition of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is 65.0% White, 6.7% African American, 2.1% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 22.5% Other, and 2.1% from two or more races. However, 61.9% of the population identify themselves as being of Hispanic origin. Whites of non-Hispanic background were 31.83% of the population.

The age of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s population is spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. In San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX), 48% of the population are males, and 52% of the population are females. For every 100 females there are 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is $36,214, and the median income for a family is $53,100. Males have a median income of $30,061 versus $24,444 for females. The per capita income for San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is $17,487. 17.3% of the population and 14.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.3% of those under the age of 18 and 13.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

 

Attractions

San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is a popular tourist destination. The jewel of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) is the River Walk, which meanders through the downtown area. Lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants, as well as the Arneson River Theater, this attraction is transformed into an impressive festival of lights during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and is suffused with the local sounds of folklorico and flamenco music during the summer, particularly during celebrations such as the Fiesta Noche del Rio. Also based along the River Walk is the newly restored Aztec On The River, the only surviving exotic-themed movie palace in Texas.

The Alamo, located nearby, is Texas’ top tourist attraction, while the River Walk is the second most visited attraction.

The downtown area also features Cathedral of San Fernando, The Majestic Theatre, HemisFair Park (home of the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures), La Villita, El Mercado, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, and the historic Menger Hotel. On the northern side of the Alamo complex, beside the Emily Morgan Hotel, is the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Cavalry Museum, which features cavalry artifacts and exhibits and is frequented by local re-enactors.

The Fairmont Hotel, built in 1906, is in the Guinness World Records as one of the heaviest buildings ever moved intact. It was placed in its new location, three blocks south of the Alamo, over four days in 1985, and cost $650,000 to move.

  • The Alamo, San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s most famous attraction
  • The holiday season on the River Walk
  •  The Torch of Friendship sculpture
  • San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s historic River Walk extends some 2½ miles, attracting several million visitors every year.
  •  San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s downtown area
  •  Central Library of The San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Public Library
  • The Tower of the Americas characterizes San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)’s skyline
  • The historic Bexar County Courthouse
  •  The San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Convention Center
  • The San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Botanical Garden
  • San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Missions National Historical Park
  • SeaWorld San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX)
  • Aztec On The River Theater

Other places of interest include the The Woodlawn Theatre, the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Zoo, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Kumamoto En, Brackenridge Park, the missions of the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Missions National Historical Park, the Museo Alameda, the San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX) Museum of Art, the Witte Museum, the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, SeaWorld San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX), Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the Texas Transportation Museum, and Splashtown San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX). Visitors can also experience something of the cowboy culture year round, they can see the 40-foot (12 m) tall cowboy boots at North Star Mall.

Beyond taking in the sights and sounds of San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX), tourists can sample some of its world famous Tex-Mex cuisine at the many fine restaurants located throughout San Antonio South West Real Estate (Area of San Antonio TX). Mexican restaurants are abundant in virtually all parts of town, and most – except for those in the Far North and some of the Uptown enclaves like Alamo Heights – are relatively inexpensive. Some outstanding examples of Tex-Mex eateries include Jacala, on West Avenue on the near Northwest side, La Hacienda de Los Barrios, on the North East side, and Los Barrios, on the near North side of town.

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