San Antonio, Texas


I Want Some Nasty -Greg Popovitch

The Best Thing About San Antonio?


It’s no secret Texas doesn’t have state income taxes. This means living in Texas is going to be less expensive than most other large cities in other states. Bonus: San Antonio seems to have even lower costs than other big Texas cities. Why? It’s still kind of an in-the-know secret. Austin and Dallas prices have skyrocketed thanks to the remote working boom/pandemic moves and general population growth. People who had an opportunity to ditch the overpriced, underwhelming homes in NYC, San Francisco, etc. did, and they moved to Dallas or Austin or Houston (or Florida). And don’t listen to anyone who says “it’s cheaper because it’s not Austin.” They don’t know what they’re talking about. You can save big and still have a ton of space, the Riverwalk, excellent Mexican food, and the Spurs.

Here's a note from a transplant about the pros of living in San Antonio:
-As a recent college grad living on an AmeriCorps stipend ($492 biweekly) this is a city I can afford to live in and still have a pretty good time. My rent is very affordable, gas is pretty cheap (as long as there isn’t a scare), and you can find great food and things to do for cheap and free.
-Weather: I moved down from Iowa; it is pretty freakin’ cold there for six months out of the year. San Antonio does not have that problem. It’s the beginning of November and I’ve seen the underside of 70 degrees Fahrenheit only a handful of times.
-Attractions: There are so many fun things to do in this city it is almost overwhelming. I have a constantly growing list of museums, parks, happy hours, and outdoor adventures I want to check out. It seems like every time I try something new, two new “must-dos” get added to my list.
-Food: One word, tacos. They are cheap, they are tasty, and they are everywhere.

For more reviews of what living in San Antonio is like from locals check out: The Buzz

The Worst Thing About San Antonio.

It can feel like one big suburb

For all the pros that a low cost of living can offer, San Antonio does have its cons. First off, the city is huge. It’s 460 square miles and because it’s so large it can feel like you’re driving through one big suburb. It’s having a bit of an identity crisis and struggling to decide if it’s going to try to be like Houston or if it’s cool being a spread out city with a small-town vibe. This means that the development Downtown has been booming with lofts and mixed use apartments, but the suburbs are holding strong. So if you’re moving to Texas from a city like SF or NYC that has a high population in a small area, San Antonio can either be your haven or your headache.

**Note from a native on the issue of San Antonio's size: **
basically you can't walk from place to place like you could in, say, Austin. San Antonio is pretty spread out. Another downside could be all the construction on I-10, but that's just temporary. Well, that's all I have on the top of my head but I highly recommend movin' on down!

Lifestyle of San Antonio

San Antonio is large which can make it feel really spread out at times. Locals make it work by really relying on their neighborhood for that close-knit small-town feel. This way they get a little of both worlds: a neighborly community with a busy Downtown area for weekends. The city is diverse, with a large Hispanic population, but it can feel segregated. The northern suburbs are where a lot of the money is and the westside and southside get a bad rap at times. Besides being a hot spot for tourists looking for their history fix, San Antonio is also a huge draw for military families. There are a large number of bases in the area, giving San Antonio the nickname “Military City USA.” The defense industry has a huge impact on both the population and the economy of the city.

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Work Style of San Antonio

A lot of San Antonio’s economy depends on the military bases in and around the city. There is Fort Sam Houston inside the city as well as other just outside city limits. Nicknamed “Military City USA,” a huge portion of the local economy is owed to the defense industry. Outside of defense, the top industries are healthcare, government services, financial services, oil and gas, and tourism. Over 20 million tourists visit the city yearly, mainly for the Alamo and the famous Riverwalk. The convention center also brings in a fair amount of people for events. Headquarters in the city include Valero, NuStar Energy, USAA, iHeartMedia, and the beloved H-E-B. Hulu, Toyota, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo also have a huge presence in the city although not headquartered there. The South Texas Medical Center also has a huge influence on the local economy and has a large area with hospitals, clinics, and research centers.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Remote Work Revolution

It’s no secret that Texas is becoming the state for transplants during the ongoing pandemic and remote work revolution. If you’re moving from a large city and looking to escape soulless skyscrapers without completely giving up your big city amenities, San Antonio is for you. You’ll get the inexpensive housing you’ve been missing, there are great jobs in healthcare and other industries, as well as no state income tax and great schools.