Greater San Antonio

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San Antonio-New Braunfels
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Downtown San Antonio from the Tower of the Americas
Downtown San Antonio from the Tower of the Americas
Map showing the location of the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA
Map showing the location of the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA
Country United States
State Texas
Principal cities
 • Urban 597.1 sq mi (1,546 km2)
 • MSA 7,387 sq mi (19,130 km2)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Urban 1,758,210 26th
 • Urban density 2,944.6/sq mi (1,136.9/km2)
 • MSA 2,328,652 (25th)
 • MSA density 302.42/sq mi (116.77/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Interstates I-10.svg I-35.svg I-37.svg I-410.svg

San Antonio–New Braunfels is an eight-county metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Texas defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Colloquially referred to as Greater San Antonio, the metropolitan area straddles South Texas and Central Texas and is on the southwestern corner of the Texas Triangle. The official 2011 U.S. Census estimate [2] showed the metropolitan area's population at 2,194,927—up from a reported 1,711,103 in 2000—making it the 25th largest metropolitan area in the United States.[3] Austin–Round Rock lies about 80 miles northeast of Greater San Antonio.

San Antonio–New Braunfels is the third-largest metro area in Texas, after Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington and Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land. It is also the second fastest-growing large metropolitan area in the state (over 1 million population), after Austin–Round Rock and just ahead of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land.[4]


There are eight counties that combine to form Greater San Antonio. The central county is Bexar.

Census Area Estimated population as of July 1, 2015 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
San Antonio–New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area 2,384,075 2,142,508 1,711,703 1,407,745
Atascosa 48,435 44,911 38,628 30,533
Bandera 21,269 20,485 17,645 10,562
Bexar 1,897,753 1,714,773 1,392,931 1,185,394
Comal 129,048 108,472 78,021 51,832
Guadalupe 151,249 131,533 89,023 64,873
Kendall 40,384 33,410 23,743 14,589
Medina 48,417 46,006 39,204 27,312
Wilson 47,520 42,918 32,408 22,650

The MSA covers a total of 7,387 sq. mi. 7,340 sq. mi. is land and 47 sq. mi. is water.


Greater San Antonio has a number of communities spread out across several counties and regions. It is centered around the City of San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the USA, with roughly 1.4 million residents spread across approximately 500 square miles. Other regions include the Randolph Metrocom and the surrounding counties.

Downtown San Antonio is the urban core of the metropolitan area.
New Braunfels is the second largest city in the metropolitan area and is a satellite of San Antonio.
Seguin is the fourth largest city in the metropolitan area and is a satellite of San Antonio.
Alamo Heights is an inner-ring suburb of San Antonio. Together with Olmos Park and Terrell Hills, Alamo Heights is a relatively short distance from Fort Sam Houston and Uptown, Midtown, and Downtown San Antonio.

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San Antonio–New Braunfels is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies. Valero Energy Corp, Tesoro Petroleum Corp, Clear Channel Communications, USAA, NuStar Energy and CST Brands Inc are located in San Antonio.[5][6][7][8][9] Rush Enterprises is located in New Braunfels.


Downtown San Antonio from U.S. 281 southbound.

The San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is located in Uptown San Antonio, approximately eight miles north of Downtown. It has two terminals and is served by 21 airlines serving 44 destinations including six in Mexico.

VIA Metropolitan Transit is the metropolitan area's public transportation authority, serving the entire City of San Antonio and many of its suburbs throughout Bexar County.

San Antonio Station serves as the area's Amtrak train station.

Interstate Highways

Other major highways


Further information: Education in San Antonio

The City of San Antonio is home to many public institutions. The San Antonio area's largest university is the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Other public institutions include the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas A&M University–San Antonio, and the five colleges of the Alamo Community College District.

The city has many private institutions as well, such as Our Lady of the Lake University and St. Mary's University on the inner west side. Trinity University and the University of the Incarnate Word are in Midtown. The Culinary Institute of America maintains its third campus in Downtown.

Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and Howard Payne University at New Braunfels, now offering classes at a local high school but will soon have a true campus in the Veramendi Development, are the only higher education institutions in the area outside of San Antonio city limits.

The San Antonio area has many public elementary and secondary schools sorted into the following independent school districts:

County Independent School Districts (ISDs)
Atascosa Charlotte, Jourdanton, Karnes City, Lytle, Pleasanton, Poteet, Somerset
Bandera Bandera, Medina, Northside, Utopia
Bexar County/City of San Antonio Alamo Heights, Boerne, Comal, East Central, Edgewood, Fort Sam Houston, Harlandale, Judson, Lackland, Medina Valley, North East, Northside, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, South San Antonio, Southside, Southwest, Somerset
Comal New Braunfels, Comal, Boerne
Guadalupe Seguin, Navarro, Comal, New Braunfels, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, Marion, San Marcos Consolidated, Nixon-Smiley Consolidated, Prairie Lea, Luling, La Vernia
Kendall Boerne, Comfort, Blanco, Comal
Medina Devine, Hondo, Medina Valley, Natalia, Lytle
Wilson Floresville, La Vernia, Stockdale, Nixon-Smiley Consolidated, Poth, East Central


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1950 603,775
1960 796,792 32.0%
1970 863,669 8.4%
1980 1,154,648 33.7%
1990 1,407,745 21.9%
2000 1,711,703 21.6%
2010 2,142,508 25.2%
Est. 2014 2,328,652 8.7%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,711,703 people, 601,265 households, and 432,131 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 71.4% White, 6.2% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 16.6% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 50.4% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $40,764 and the median income for a family was $46,686. Males had a median income of $32,143 versus $24,007 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $18,713.

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