Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Life in San Antonio

San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing in the nation. With nearly 300 sunny days per year, it is a great place for many outdoor sports and a variety of recreational opportunities. Another thing to keep in mind when moving to San Antonio is that on average, the cost of living in San Antonio is cheaper than the U.S. average. 

San Antonio has also become a hub for biomedical research and innovative biotech companies. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, one in six of San Antonio workers are employed in health care or bioscience fields. It is home to cutting-edge biotech companies such as DPT Laboratories, LtdMedtronic, Inc., and Genzyme along with nationally-recognized institutions including Methodist Healthcare SystemUniversity Health SystemTexas Neurosciences InstituteTexas Biomedical Research Insitute, and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center.

With a vibrant military, academic, nonprofit, and private sector focused on research, the economic impact of San Antonio's health care/ bioscience industry has become a leading sector with over $30.6 billion annually. 

San Antonio Facts and Statistics

Mayor: Ivy R. Taylor
Population: 1.409 million (2013)*
7th largest city in America
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Ranked 25th in the Metropolitan area population
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2nd largest city in Texas - USA Today
*U.S. Census Bureau

Information

The City of San Antonio
MySA
San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Weather Channel

Attractions

The Riverwalk
The Alamo
Sea World
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Splashtown
Morgan's Wonderland
Tower of the Americas
Institute of Texas Cultures
Japanese Tea Garden
Botanical Garden

Shops

La Villita
Rivercenter Mall
The Alamo Quarry Market
The Shops at La Cantera
North Star Mall
Historic Market Square - El Mercado

Events

Fiesta
Battle of Flowers Parade
Texas Folklife Festival
Stock Show and Rodeo

Sports

Spurs Basketball
Missions Baseball
Rampage Hockey
Silver Stars Women's Basketball

Museums

San Antonio Museum of Art
McNay Art Museum

Witte Museum
San Antonio Children's Museum

Entertainment

San Antonio Symphony
Majestic Theater

AT&T Center

10 Fun Things To Do In San Antonio

1) San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art offers permanent collections of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, contemporary art and American paintings. Check out Spanish and Portuguese colonial art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber on display until September 4. The museum has free general admission every Tuesday from 4 - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

2) Visit the Tower of Americas 

Tower of the Americas

The 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides has spectacular views of the Alamo City. Enjoy a panoramic view from the Tower's revolving restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or experience the thrilling 4D Theater Ride. Also don't miss Free Concert Fridays every Friday in June through October from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

3) Visit Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country has an unlimited source for beautiful trails with everything from lake views to hillside vistas. You could go golfing, take a swim, ride a horse, or just drive around to enjoy the scenery. Don't miss the monthly Wiberley's Second Satuday Gallery Trail every second Saturday of the month when fifteen art galleries feature a wide spectrum of fine art from local and national artists.

4) Night in Old Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg's " Night in Old Fredericksburg" on June 16 is a celebration of its German Heritage featuring dancing under the stars, a biergarten, parimutuel horse racing, and lots of German food.

5) Visit the San Antonio Missions

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The San Antonio Missions are a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of four of the five Spanish frontier missions: The Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan Capistrano, and Mission Espada. Every 4th Tuesday of every month, the Missions have "Yoga in Your Park" for people interested in practicing yoga.

6) Spend the day at the historical Pearl District 

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The Pearl offers both locals and visitors truly distinct San Antonio culture—from a twice weekly farmers market to 15 chef-driven restaurants and a vibrant, all-local retail community. First Thursdays are a night of special deals from your favorite Pearl shops. There will be in-store sales, live music and more.

7) Enjoy family fun at Six Flags

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Six Flags Fiesta Texas features hundreds of roller coasters, thrill rides and family attractions. GOLD Season Pass Holders may Bring A Friend Free on one day from June 20-23, 2016. Also don't miss June 20's "Hot Summer Night" for exclusive ride time after the park closes, plus an in-park dance celebration with Live DJ, prizes, and more.

8) Explore our Botanical Gardens

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The San Antonio Botanical Garden is open year round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From June 4 to October 30, the garden will feature a "Winged Wonders" exhibit to highlight the Garden’s winged friends, especially monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. San Antonio is the only Monarch Butterfly Champion City, taking the National Wildlife Federation Pledge in 2015 to increase pollinator habitat.

9) Check out our trendy districts

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Hang out in Historic King Williams District/Southtown and enjoy walking around the neighborhood's coffee shops and restaurants. Every second Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the River City Big Band, gather to perform big band jazz arrangements from the libraries of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Glen Miller.

10) Sample Sweet and Savory Food Trucks

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Use this website to find some of San Antonio's local food trucks like Saweet Cupcakes, Puerto Rican Grub Express, or Philly's Phamous Cheesesteaks. Or Visit The Block SA or Alamo Street Eat Bar, outdoor gathering spots featuring gourmet food trucks.