If the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau are any indication, the word is out—San Antonio is a great place to live and work.
The Alamo city ranked first in population growth between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, adding 24,208 residents according to estimates by the federal census agency. To put it in perspective, that’s about 66 people moving into the area every day.
So why has San Antonio become such a mecca for newcomers?
I think a large part of San Antonio’s draw is that the housing market is still very affordable, with an average sale price of $273,174, according to June 2018 stats from the Multiple Listing Service Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR). Plus, there’s a neighborhood to fit every buyer, from close-in to almost-Hill Country, historic home to new construction—with good schools and amenities to boot.
Then there’s traffic—or the relative lack thereof for a major city. While those 25,000-plus additional commuters have added to some isolated traffic headaches, especially around rush hour, San Antonio has mostly avoided the standstill snarls of other big cities, ranking far behind Dallas, Houston and Austin in a recent report on traffic wait times by INRIX. Some of this is thanks to the spread of major employers throughout the city—there’s downtown, the medical center, Fort Sam on the east side, Lackland on the west side, and everything in between.
Throw in the burgeoning culinary and arts scene, the rich cultural heritage, and of course, Pop and Los Spurs, and you get the picture. San Antonio will continue to reign as one of the most populous cities (it’s currently 7th in the nation) for a long time to come.