Universal City, Texas

Coordinates: 29°33′10.381″N 98°18′27.274″W / 29.55288361°N 98.30757611°W / 29.55288361; -98.30757611
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City of Universal City
Randolph Air Force Base Chapel
Randolph Air Force Base Chapel
"The Gateway to Randolph AFB"
Location of Universal City, Texas
Location of Universal City, Texas
Coordinates: 29°33′10.381″N 98°18′27.274″W / 29.55288361°N 98.30757611°W / 29.55288361; -98.30757611
CountryUnited States
CountyBexar and Guadalupe
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • City CouncilMayor John Williams
Richard "Dick" Neville
Paul Najarian
S. Bear Goolsby
William Shelby
Phil Vaughan
Steven Buck
 • City ManagerKim Turner
 • Total5.59 sq mi (14.49 km2)
 • Land5.57 sq mi (14.43 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation764 ft (233 m)
 • Total19,720
 • Density3,750.45/sq mi (1,448.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
78148, 78150
Area code(s)210, 726 (planned)
FIPS code48-74408[3]
GNIS feature ID1349101[2]

Universal City is a city in Bexar County, Texas, United States with a small portion in Guadalupe County, Texas. It borders San Antonio to the northeast, and is adjacent to Randolph Air Force Base. The city also borders Schertz, Texas and Selma, Texas to its east, Live Oak, Texas to its north, and Converse, Texas to its south. Selma, Texas is one of the cities that make up the San Antonio Northeast Metrocom, which includes Cibolo, Texas, Converse, Texas, Garden Ridge, Texas, Kirby, Texas, Live Oak, Texas, Marion, Texas, New Berlin, Texas, Santa Clara, Texas, Selma, Texas, Schertz, Texas, Universal City, Texas, and Windcrest, Texas. The population was 19,720 at the 2020 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Universal City was established in 1960.[4] Through Universal City is Pat Booker Road, the commercial thoroughfare of the city.


The mean center of Universal City is located at 29°33′10.381″N 98°18′27.274″W / 29.55288361°N 98.30757611°W / 29.55288361; -98.30757611 (29.552883698, –98.307576166).[5] This is approximately 15 miles (24 km) northeast of downtown San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Universal City racial composition as of 2020[7]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 8,121 41.18%
Black or African American (NH) 1,880 9.53%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 71 0.36%
Asian (NH) 677 3.43%
Pacific Islander (NH) 104 0.53%
Some Other Race (NH) 109 0.55%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 949 4.81%
Hispanic or Latino 7,809 39.6%
Total 19,720

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,720 people, 7,233 households, and 5,159 families residing in the city.

As of the census[3] of 2010, 18,530 people, 7,575 households, and 4,973 families resided in the city. The population density was 3,321.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,282.4/km2). The 8,036 housing units averaged 1,120.5 per square mile (432.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.4% White, 10.1% African American, 0.70% Native American, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 6.3% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 32.3% of the population.[10]

Of the 7,575 households, 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were not families. About 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.00.[10]

In the city, the population was distributed as 27.1% from age 0 to 19, 7.5% from 20 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 98 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,900, and for a family was $61,066. The per capita income for the city was $26,019. About 13.7% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.


Universal City is served by the Judson , Randolph Field and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School Districts.

Universal City is also home to two private K–12 schools: First Baptist Academy of Universal City (FBA); and Calvary Chapel Christian Academy (CCCA), a tuition-free institution.

The Universal City Public Library is in the city.[11]

Northeast Lakeview Community College, a campus of the Alamo Colleges, is located in Universal City.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Universal City, Texas
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Official Website of Universal City, Texas". Official Website of Universal City, Texas. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  8. ^ https://www.census.gov/ [not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  11. ^ "Library." City of Universal City. Retrieved on March 25, 2010.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[8][9]

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