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San Antonio is “Military City USA”


posted Jul 27, 2012

Even better, with its consistent ranking as an affordable city with a stable economy, San Antonia is as easy on the budget as it is on the eyes. San Antonio receives about 300 days of sunshine each year, and has an average temperature of 70 degrees.

From sites of historical significance to pro sports, San Antonio has something for everyone.


The Alamo
Originally home to missionaries and native converts before it became a fort, the Alamo was the site of the ill-fated 1836 battle that spurred Texas on to its eventual independence from Mexico.

The River Walk
Texas' number-one tourist destination, this five-mile network of walkways, bridges, and waterways both celebrates and protects the lifeblood of Texas – water.  Packed with shops, restaurants, hotels, historical exhibits, and much more, the River Walk is always evolving. For example, the Mission Reach Project added biking and hiking access in 2010.

Texas Star Trail
This "trail" is actually a downtown walking tour of more than 79 historical points of interest. Pick up a map at the San Antonio Visitor's Center.

Historic Spanish missions and more
There is so much more to San Antonio's museum menu than the Alamo! There are four more historic missions to explore, plus dozens of museums that touch on things like technology, art, the military, and even wooden nickels!

Arts and Culture

Symphony and Ballet
Need to kick ‘Bach’ a little? The San Antonio Symphony has a year-round slate of performances, recitals, pop concerts and more. Ballet San Antonio is just one of many mainstream and outside-the-box dance troupes to choose from.

Performing Arts
Whether you sing, dance, act, or play an instrument – or simply enjoy watching those who do – San Antonio is chock full of performing arts organizations in which to get involved.

The Japanese Tea Garden and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are just two of dozens of public gardens where you can stop and smell the flowers.

King William Historic District
Many people are surprised to learn that German culture is just as important to the development of San Antonio as its rich Spanish heritage.

Festivals, festivals, festivals!
If you can think of it or dream it, San Antonio probably has a festival for it. Choose from celebrations of different cultures, music, wine, ethnic foods, and more. In Texas, festivals are never out of season.

Night Life
The sidewalks don't retract at sunset. Hear live music, dance the night away at a club, have dinner and drinks with friends, laugh at a comedy show, or catch the game at one our many sports bars.


Catch an action-packed game with four-time NBA champions San Antonio Spurs, and WNBA team Silver Stars.

More than 40 public and private golf courses make this area a golf mecca. And why not? You can play year round.

Hockey? You bet! The San Antonio Rampage keeps fans on the edge of their seats.

Outdoor Adventure
Running, biking, hiking, fishing, rafting, youth sports league—you name it, you can find it in San Antonio.

Family Activities

Learning experience and family playground in one!

San Antonio Zoo
Something wild is always going on at this world-class animal oasis.

Theme Parks
The kids will never be bored with places like Enchanted Springs Ranch and Six Flags Fiesta Texas to spend an afternoon or a full day.

Swimming Holes
Think San Antonio is desert dry? Think again! From public pools to water parks to natural rivers, there are plenty of opportunities to beat the heat.

Job Outlook

With both industrial and cultural diversity, San Antonio was listed by Forbes as among the most recession-proof cities in America. Plus it was named by as one of the top two cities in which to find a job.

Need more proof? Check out a search engine like to see the wide variety of career opportunities available. When you use Housing 1 Source to assist you with relocating to one of San Antonio’s military bases or posts, we help you to find employment for your spouse if necessary. We can also help you find a new home, get utilities set up, find schools for your children (or higher education opportunities for your spouse). Call us today to see all the ways we work for you! 

Local newspapers are always a go-to resource to take the pulse of a city. The San Antonio Express-News online is a great place to start.


With so many great experiences to offer, it’s no wonder that San Antonio has not gone unrecognized! Here are some of its special accolades by Forbes,, and more:

  • No. 1 Best Overall Experience for Visitors (Travels America, 2010)
  • No. 2 Best City to Find a Job (, 2010)
  • No. 5 Among Top 100 Places to Live (, 2010)
  • No. 5 Among Top 10 Cities Poised for Economic Recovery (, 2010)
  • No. 5 Among Top 10 Best Cities for Recession Recovery (Forbes, 2010)
  • No. 14 Among Top 25 Best-Performing Large Metros (Milken Institute, 2010)
  • No. 2 Fastest-Recovering City in America (Forbes, 2009)
  • Among Best Cities for New College Grads (Bloomberg Business Week, 2010)
  • Among Top 20 Strongest Performing Metro Areas (Brookings Institution, 2010)
  • Highest numeric population increase among Texas cities, 2008-2009 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010)
  • Among Most Recession-Proof Cities (Forbes, 2010)

Welcome to San Antonio – just an all-around great place to live!