Profile: San Antonio, Texas
By: Elaine Aradillas
Population: 1.3 million
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8b
Major Airports: San Antonio International Airport
Companies with a Major Presence: Valero Energy Corporation, Toyota Manufacturing Texas, USAA, Southwest Research Institute, Tesoro Petroleum, University of Texas at San Antonio, Clear Channel Communications, Frost National Bank, Brooke Army Medical Center, University of Texas Health Science Center
Best known for the Alamo, San Antonio is steeped in Texas history. In the past 35 years, the city has doubled in size, making it the country’s seventh largest city. It is often called a large city with a small-town feel.
The largest city north of the Mexican border, it is no surprise that the city embraces its Mexican roots. Modern architecture is designed with a Spanish flavor, and Tex-Mex cuisine is a staple. A band of mariachis often greets visitors as they arrive at the airport. The distinct, festive atmosphere has made San Antonio a popular convention city, evident by the vast number of hotels, tourist attractions and a vibrant Riverwalk in the historic downtown.
More than 60 percent of the population is Hispanic and largely Catholic, prompting a historic visit from Pope John Paul II in 1987. There is a large military presence due to Fort Sam Houston, Brooke Army Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base. For much of its existence, the city has been considered a military town in south Texas. Today, its low cost of living and laid-back yet festive atmosphere are luring a variety of businesses and residents.
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