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San Antonio

San Antonio, located in southern part of the state of Texas and is situated south of the capital city of Austin, is the seventh most populated city in the United States, and it is likewise the second most populated city in Texas, with Houston being the most populous. It's name, translated from Spanish, means “Saint Anthony”, as is the county seat of Bexar County. It has approximately 1.3 residents, and is among the top 10 cities of growth in data compiled from 2001 to 2010. Its nickname is River City and the city spans over 465 square miles.

San Antonio Real Estate

The real estate market in San Antonio is an active one and affordable one. The median list price is $169,000, while the median sales price is $142,325. Property taxes are low in this part of Texas, and many first time homeowners opt to purchase just outside the city to increase their purchasing power. Sales of homes are down an average of 6 percent from the same time last year. The price per square foot in San Antonio ranges from $63 to $109.

Architecture

Being located in the southern part of the United States, close to the border of Mexico, there are a number of styles of architecture in San Antonio. Ranch style homes are one of the most popular, because of the vast and expansive land where working ranches are still in operation. Bungalow homes, and Spanish styled homes are also popular, along with homes with a southwestern theme.

Climate

San Antonio is in a humid subtropical climate, with weather being very warm in the summer months and quiet mild during the months of December, January, and February. The average daytime high during the summer reaches into the mid 90s, with overnight lows in the mid 70s. During the winter months, San Antonio reaches overnight lows in the low 40s, with daytime highs getting up to the low 60s. Spring and fall are pleasant, and see the most rainfall.

Demographics

Of the more than 1.3 million residents in the city of San Antonio, the United States Census Bureau in its latest figures records: 72.6 percent white, 13.7 percent of other races, 3.4 percent from two or more races, 6.9 percent black, 2.4 percent Asian, 0.9 percent Native American, and 0.1 percent Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Main Attractions

The biggest attractions in the city include: the Alamo Mission, San Antonio River Walk, SeaWorld San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Institute of Texan Cultures, Six Flags San Antonio, Enchanted Springs Ranch, Splashtown Waterpark, Schlitterbahn Waterpark San Antonio.

Transportation

The majority of residents of San Antonio commute and cross the city with their own vehicles. San Antonio also has public transportation, which is VIA Metropolitan Transit. The VIA Metropolitan Transit runs rapid transit buses on a variety of schedules. The city is also home to San Antonio International Airport.

Economy

The city of San Antonio has a gross metropolitan product of $82 billion, which puts it in 4th place in of the top producing cities in the state of Texas and the 38th in the United States. It is home to five Fortune 500 companies, and its main sectors are: the military, health care, government civil service, financial services, oil and gas, as well as tourism.