What Is There To Know About San Antonio, Texas
Officially named the City of San Antonio, this metropolis is the seventh-most populated city in the country, and second in the state of Texas with a whopping 1,409,019 population. It serves as the seat of Bexar County. It is also the center of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. Commonly referred to as the Greater San Antonio, this metropolitan, based on the 2016 US Census estimate, has a population of over 2.42 million.
It contains five 18th century Spanish frontier missions (The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to name some). Both sites were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015.
Payaya Indians lived near the River Valley in the San Pedro Springs area and called it Yanaguana which means ‘refreshing waters’. On June 13, 1691, a group of Spanish Catholic explorers and missionaries found the river and the living natives. They named the place San Antonio to honor St. Anthony of Padua whose feast day is on the same day.
Fray Antonio de Olivares visited the site in 1709, and with the help of the Payaya Indians, he built The Alamo, the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, the bridge that connected both, and the Acequia Madre de Valero. The families settled around the mission formed the beginnings of Villa de Béjar which became the most important town in Spanish Texas.
San Antonio TX is about 75 miles to the southwest of the state capital – Austin. The city is about 250 miles south of the Dallas–Fort Worth area and 190 miles west of Houston.
It has a transitional humid subtropical climate, which is typically hot in summers and comfortably warm or mild in winters. It gets rainy and warm in fall and spring respectively. Due to the city’s location, it receives about a dozen subfreezing nights each year, but accumulation and snow build up is rare. Sometimes, winters pass without any freezing accumulation at all.
San Antonio prides itself with a lot of things in different sectors. And some of the most prized infrastructures the city has to offer are its list of prestigious and formative educational institutions. The city has 31 higher-education institutions which cater to over 100, 000 students. The UT Health San Antonio, the University of Texas (UTSA), Texas A&M University, and the Alamo Community College District are among the publicly supported schools.
Very notable and popular universities are located in the city as well. To name a few:
- Trinity University
- St. Mary’s University
- Our Lady of the Lake University
- University of the Incarnate Word
- Webster University
- Baptist University of the Américas
- Hallmark University
- Oblate School of Theology
It is also the home of the U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training (AFBMT). The 737th Training Group at Lackland Air Force Base is the only Air Force location for enlisted basic training, which means all new recruits go through the same basic training at Lackland. Also, the Military Education and Training Campus (METC) which provides medical training for the U.S. military at Fort Sam Houston, is the largest medical education center in the world. METC produces over 24, 000 graduates annually.