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San Antonio Overview

Home of the historic Alamo and rich Texas history, San Antonio has achieved staying power as one of the most attractive environments for business in the United States because of the wealth of opportunity throughout the area, educated workforce and friendly business climate.  San Antonio is dedicated to sustaining its major industries such as healthcare and biosciences, aerospace, information technology and cybersecurity and new energy. 

San Antonio’s location is ripe with strategic geographic assets including Port San Antonio and Foreign Trade Zones; its accessible location between the east and west coast make it a prime destination for expansion, relocation or a new business start-up. 

More than half of the trade flow between Mexico and the United States travels through San Antonio, a fact which underscores the importance of the city’s strategic location. San Antonio is at the crossroads of major interstate highways and railroads serving both coasts, as well as the NAFTA corridor. Its proximity to the Port of Houston and direct access to other major ports, such as Long Beach and Mexican port Lazaro Cardenas, further facilitates trade. In addition, the logistical functionality of your business may be enhanced through Port San Antonio, a multimodal logistics hub and business platform catering to Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Competitive Utilities

City Public Service (CPS) Energy is a municipal utility operating under a Board of Trustees and owned by the City of San Antonio. CPS provides metropolitan business customers with a reliable electrical power system with a 20% reserve generation capacity year round and industrial power rates below the national average. The power company has experienced an outstanding record of reliability over the past 60 plus years of its existence. CPS uses eight power plants that operate coal, nuclear, gas/oils fuels and wind, with a current generating capacity of 5,727 MW. The annual average electric rates for industrial users in San Antonio are the lowest of the major cities in Texas and among the lowest in the nation. 

San Antonio Water System is also a City-owned utility with very competitive rates and outstanding reliability. SAWS is currently negotiating contracts for additional supplies, including aquifer and surface water, as part of the metropolitan area’s development and implementation of a water resource plan that will ensure water supplies for the next 50-100 years.  


San Antonio has a range of growing educational institutions, sustaining a skilled workforce to support San Antonio’s continued economic growth. Ranging from community college options like Alamo Colleges to nationally recognized private universities like St. Mary’s, San Antonio’s institutions of higher education satisfy its growth and industry needs.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)  is aggressively pursuing Tier 1 Research Institution status by adding students, growing research dollars and recruiting talented professors. As UTSA continues to grow, San Antonio is also home to a regional Texas A&M University Campus, making San Antonio the only city in the State of Texas to have a major presence of both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems. 

Five colleges make up the Alamo Colleges: San Antonio, St. Phillip’s, Palo Alto, Northeast Lakeview and Northwest Vista who are home to a total enrollment of over 50,000 students. Alamo Colleges in partnership with the City of San Antonio also support four academies in the targeted industries of aerospace, manufacturing, information technology and the health professions offering high school junior and seniors’ skilled training, college credits, summer internships and employment opportunities. The Alamo Area Academies are a national model for building and sustaining a workforce pipeline to support private industry requirements. 

San Antonio is also home to a number of prestigious private schools. For the 18th consecutive year U.S. News and World Report ranked Trinity University No. 1 in their “America’s Best Colleges” guide for 2010. U.S. News and World Report, for the second year in a row, ranked St. Mary’s University 4th in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. This is the 16th consecutive year for St. Mary’s to appear in the top tier of colleges and universities listed annually by the magazine.  

City Profile

Information provided by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation:
San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the U.S.  San Antonio, the largest city in Bexar County, encompasses a total geographic area of 408 square miles with a population of 3,279 persons per square mile. The total land area for Bexar County is 1,247 square miles with a population density of 1,387 persons per square mile. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010

Population and Projections

Area Estimated Population 2011 2000 Census Projected Growth 2009-2016
San Antonio 1,337,987 1,144,646 7.30%
Bexar County 1,696,677 1,392,931 7.65%
Metro Area 2,133,553 1,711,703 8.47%

Source: Claritas

San Antonio MSA Annual Averages

Year Total Civilian Labor Force Percent Growth Employment Number of Workers Unemployed Unemployment Rate Annual Percent Change
2001 831,493 1.7% 793,489 388,004 4.6 753.3 1.1%
2002 860,226 3.5% 810,917 49,309 5.7 754.1 0.1%
2003 873,494 1.5% 820,022 53,472 6.1 751.3 -0.4%
2004 883,892 1.2% 834,039 49,853 5.6 760.0 1.2%
2005 896,886 1.5% 852,165 44,721 5.0 782.0 2.9%
2006 914,670 2.0% 872,518 42,152 4.6 811.5 3.8%
2007 921,968 0.8% 884,049 37,919 4.1 834.4 2.8%
2008 942,671 2.2% 898,320 44,351 4.7 852.7 2.2%
2009 965,670 2.4% 901,279 64,391 6.7 836.3 -1.9%
2010 988,724 2.4% 916,219 72,505 7.3 841.4 0.6%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics