Community Information


Whether you're buying a home, selling your home or relocating to San Antonio, the following information, resources and tools will help to guide your decision.


 


General Information, History
and Attractions
  


San Antonio is the second-most populated city in the state of Texas and
seventh-most populated in the United States. As of the 2005 U.S. Census
estimate, the city had a population of over 1.2 million. Its eight-county
metropolitan area has a population of over 1.8 million, the twenty-ninth
most-populated metro area in the United States. San Antonio, which is the county
seat of Bexar County, covers over 400 square miles on the northern edge of the
South Texas region and southeast of the Texas Hill Country.


San Antonio was named for the Portuguese Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast
day it was when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. The city has a
strong military presence—it is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force
Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City Base. San Antonio is home to the
South Texas Medical Center, the largest and only medical research and care
provider in the South Texas region.


Famous for its River Walk, the Alamo, Tejano culture, and
being home to SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta
Texas
theme parks, the city is visited by 20 million tourists per year. San
Antonio is also home to the first museum of Modern Art in Texas—the Marion Koogler McNay Art
Museum
.





 


Geography and climate


San Antonio's weather is alternately dry or humid depending on prevailing
winds, turning hot in the summer, mild to cool winters subject to descending
northern cold fronts in the winter with cool nights, and comfortably warm and
rainy in the spring and fall. Only a few freezes occur each year and snow is
rare.


May, June, and October have quite a bit of precipitation. For the last 135
years, the average annual precipitation has been 29.05 inches (73.79 cm), with a
maximum of 52.28 inches (132.79 cm) and a minimum of 10.11 inches (25.68 cm) in
one year.[2]


The primary source of drinking water for the city 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.


 


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