Location Characteristics: San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is the second-most populous city in the state of Texas after Houston and seventh-most populated in the United States. As of the 2005 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population of over 1.2 million. Its eight-county metropolitan area has a population of over 1.8 million, the twenty-ninth most-populated metro area in the United States. San Antonio, which is the county seat of Bexar County, covers over 400 square miles on the northern edge of the South Texas region and southeast of the Texas Hill Country.
San Antonio was named for the Portuguese Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day it was when a Spanish expedition stopped in the area in 1691. The city has a strong military presence—it is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base. San Antonio is home to the South Texas Medical Center, the largest and only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.
Famous for its River Walk, the Alamo, Tejano culture, and being home to SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme parks, the city is visited by 20 million tourists per year. San Antonio is also home to the first museum of Modern Art in Texas—the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum.
Nickname: “Alamo City; River City”
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 29°32?01.3?N, 98°28?11.2?W
Counties Bexar County
- Mayor Phil Hardberger
- City 1067.3 km² (412.1 sq mi)
- Land 1,055.6 km² (407.6 sq mi)
- Water 11.7 km² (4.5 sq mi)
Elevation 198 m (650 ft)
- City 1,256,509
- Density 1,084.4/km² (2,808.5/sq mi)
- Metro 1,889,797
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
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