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San Antonio is a city with its own unique feel — comfortable, exciting, and diverse. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the eighth largest city in the U.S.


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What’s the housing market like? Will I be able to find a place to live?

Whether you’re longing for some ranch land, a house in a nice neighborhood, an apartment, or a duplex, San Antonio has many housing options for you.

Finding a home to rent or buy

San Antonio and Vicinity Apartment Finder
Apartment Wiz

Where’s Southwest Research Institute located?

The Institute is located on 1,200 acres of ranch land just off of Culebra Rd., inside Loop 410. SwRI is near one of the city’s larger shopping malls and many nearby restaurants and eateries are within a short driving distance.

San Antonio interactive map

How are the school systems in San Antonio?

San Antonians take pride in having many area schools receive the National Exemplary Blue Ribbon School award for excellence. During the 2000-2001 school year, eight of the 264 secondary schools recognized nationally were from San Antonio.

San Antonio is home to many fine secondary educational institutions that offer degree plans from two-year community colleges to graduate programs to medical training.

Community Colleges:

Alamo Community College District

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

St. Philip’s College

San Antonio College

Northeast Lakeview College

4-year Accredited Colleges and Universities:

Our Lady of the Lake University

St. Mary’s University

Trinity University

The University of Texas at San Antonio

University of the Incarnate Word

Texas A&M - San Antonio


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Oblate School of Theology

Visit the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s comprehensive list of the schools  in the San Antonio metropolitan area for more information. There are also excellent specialty schools for students who want to focus on health careers, business, communication arts, music, etc.

San Antonio is often called “culturally diverse.” What does that mean?

San Antonio is a melting pot of cultures. Some of the original settlers in San Antonio and Texas were from the nations that ruled Texas throughout its history — making Texas a “six-flag state.”

Texas Under Spain: 1519-1685; 1690-1821.

Texas Under France: 1685-1690.

Texas Under Mexico: 1821-1836.

Texas as a Republic: 1836-1845.

Texas in the Confederacy: 1861-1865.

Texas in the US: 1845-1861; 1865-Present

People from all over the world have settled in this area. Many people who came to San Antonio because they were stationed at one of the five military bases have chosen to retire in San Antonio.

The ethnic composition of Bexar County, according to the 2000 census, includes 54.3 percent Hispanic or Latino, 35.6 percent white, and 6.9 percent African-American. The median age of San Antonia residents is 31.3.

City of San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs

I worry that San Antonio may be too hot for me — what’s the weather really like?

San Antonio can get hot in the summer time, but we generally have great weather year-round.

San Antonio Weather

How about the daily lifestyle?

San Antonio has a casual, friendly atmosphere. Relaxed attire is acceptable almost anywhere.

San Antonio History and Background Information

San Antonio Relocation Information

Where can I shop in San Antonio?

San Antonio has several major malls and several new shopping centers. Downtown you’ll find unique shops and places to visit. Along with our major shopping areas, there are also factory outlet centers in nearby New Braunfels and San Marcos.

Places to Shop

What about the weekends? Will I have to travel for entertainment?

There’s a reason why San Antonio is one of the nation’s top tourist spots — there is a lot to see and do here. Aside from our famous River Walk and the Alamo, San Antonio has many golf courses, city parks, nearby lakes and rivers, museums, theaters, the San Antonio Symphony, outdoor recreational facilities, antique shops, flea markets, festivals, theme parks and much more.

Upcoming Events

Things to see and do

What kind of nightlife does San Antonio have?

Whether you enjoy sports, concerts, clubs, dancing, the theater, or films, San Antonio has something for you.


Sports (Outdoor/Professional/semi-professional sports)

Movie Theaters

            Alamo Drafthouse Cinema


            Regal Cinemas

            Santikos Theatres


Performing Arts

Will people look at me funny if I don’t drive a pick-up truck and wear a cowboy hat and boots?

Not everyone wears a cowboy hat and boots, though you might want to buy a set when the Rodeo comes to town in February.

How’s the job market in San Antonio?

San Antonio is a growing marketplace. Learn more about our city’s expected future from the San Antonio Economic Foundation.

Southwest Research Institute Job Opportunities

San Antonio Express-News Classified Employment Ads

Texas Workforce Commission

What is San Antonio’s crime rate?

Directory of Crime Data and Information on the SAPD web site

Where can I get more information about San Antonio?

San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau

The City of San Antonio

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

San Antonio Express-News


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April 15, 2014