About the San Antonio Region
The city of San Antonio is located in Bexar County, Texas with a population of 1.2 million (2004 census). The city is the third largest in the state of Texas. The state tree is the Pecan, state bird the Mockingbird and the state flower is the Bluebonnet. The state is the second largest after Alaska. San Antonio is only two hours from the beach, one hour from scenic hill country, and two hours from the Mexican border. If you are looking for a great place to visit or retire to, San Antonio is the place for you. See details below for more information including local links.
San Antonio's Metro Area
The area of San Antonio in south central Texas is relatively flat with rolling hills and wide river plains. A bright focal point is the San Antonio River, which meanders through the city. San Antonio's downtown area consists of a wide range of architecture including historic buildings. Developed around the river is the historic Paseo del Rio or Riverwalk. This charming urban development is a distinctive and well-known treasure of San Antonio.
San Antonio is an appealing city for seniors. It has a strong economy and low cost of living compared to other similarly sized urban areas across the United States. The military has a strong presence in the area with four nearby military bases. San Antonio's University of Texas Health Science Center has many patients from all over the world seeking treatment within its doors. The city offers a large number of retirement & assisted living facilities in this area, because of easy access to the Medical Center. San Antonio also has their own Texas Diabetes Institute that is internationally known for research. The city also has a stable and varied economy of government, medical services, manufacturing, communications, business, and tourism.
The Climate of San Antonio
The climate of San Antonio is humid, subtropical with an average of 227 sunny days per year. Annual precipitation is 28.0 inches. January temperatures are usually in the 50's with lows in the 40's while summers are 90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity and lows in the 50's and 60's overnight. The geography and climate of the area actually varies from semi-arid towards the west to coastal and sub-tropical to the east. Measurable snow falls about every three to four years and occasionally the city is affected by a tropical storm coming in from the Gulf of Mexico. The climate although hot and humid in the summer is appealing to seniors who do not want to deal with snow and desire plenty of warm and sunny days.
History of the Area
San Antonio has a predominant early Spanish and Mexican history and influence. Early Spanish explorers first visited the area in 1691. San Antonio's name is derived from a Spanish feast day named after Saint Anthony of Padua. San Antonio's first governor Don Martin Alarcon along with others founded the first mission, San Antonio de Valero, and established the first Spanish settlement in 1718. Further settlers from the Canary Islands and sent by Spain explored the area and in 1731. The town of Villa de San Fernando was unofficially formed despite forty years of the city being known as San Antonio. Today the site of this town is now the center of today's San Antonio. Three additional missions were then moved to San Antonio from east Texas, Mission Conception, Mission San Juan and Mission Espada. In 1835 uprisings between San Antonian's and Mexican militia garrisoned at the Alamo were followed by revolts against Mexican control. What ensued were two famous battles of history, resulting in Texas gaining its independence as the Republic of Texas. Ten years later in 1845, Texas became a state. The vivid history of the diverse people settling the area and the influence of their cultures makes for a cosmopolitan city with a deep appreciation of the past.
Attractions of the Area
San Antonio has a wonderful mix of local attractions from historical, cultural arts, destination shopping, fine dining and more. This city is not only a great place to retire but also a wonderful vacation destination. Historical destinations and attractions in San Antonio include:
Central to the city and a highlight of any visit is the pedestrian friendly Riverwalk. This extensive development built around the San Antonio River is the center attraction of the city. As the river winds through San Antonio walking paths, shops and dining areas line the path of the river. Romantic and scenic boat rides are available on the river. The entire development is a marvel of urban development combining the use of natural resources of the river and the favorable San Antonio climate. Other notable outdoor adventures include Casa Navarro State Park the home site of Jose Antonio Navarro Texas's first legislator. Enchanted Springs Ranch an old western town site used by filmmakers and other events, The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, San Antonio's Botanical Garden's, Fiesta Texas is a great place for the grandkids. The Lucile Halsell Conservatory, Brackenridge Park is where you'll find The San Antonio Zoo & Eagle Train, plus Sea World.
San Antonio's cultural attractions include the Arneson River Theater, which presents its festival of lights during the holidays. The San Antonio Symphony, Majestic Theater featuring Broadway Productions Market Square-El Mercado modeled after an authentic Mexican market with specialty shops. San Antonio hosts Fiesta a ten-day celebration commemorating diverse cultures and the heroes of Battle of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto. The annual Stock Show and Rodeo is also held in February.
San Antonio's best dining includes Sunset Station offering fine dining, Aldaco's fine Mexican cuisine, and Ruth's Chris Steak house, all located in downtown San Antonio along with many other unique restaurants, and eating establishments. For a panoramic view of the city and a great place for lunch and dinner, try the Tower of the Americas restaurant and observation deck. If you're looking for Tex-Mex food and Mariachis, the Mi Terra located downtown in the Mercado is the place to be.
Art and history
San Antonio is the destination for art and history buffs starting with the famous Alamo previously known as Mission San Antonio de Valero containing relics and mementos from the Republic of Texas, In the heart of downtown San Antonio part of the original town (villa de San Fernando), is the San Fernando Catherdral. The legendary Davey Crockett is buried there. Do not miss San Antonio's four historic Franciscan Missions, Spanish Governor's Palace a national landmark, San Antonio Museum of Art, Witte Museum and McNay Art institute are a must see, Buckhorn Saloon & Museum, Guenther House home of flourmill pioneer Carl Hilmar Guenther. Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley's Haunted Adventure and Davy Crockett's Tall tales Ride. King William District is the states first historic district originally settled by German merchants and San Antonio's affluent neighborhood of the 1800's. La Villita a unique arts and crafts community.
Transportation in San Antonio
San Antonio is served by VIA the metropolitan bus transit system, which includes a local trolley system, the San Antonio International Airport served by 12 airlines. Private and local taxi services and shuttle buses also serve San Antonio. For more transportation information, see transportation link below.
An Overview of the San Antonio Area
In our use, the term San Antonio Directory refers to the city of San Antonio located in Bexar County. In our use, the term San Antonio Directory refers to the city of San Antonio located in Bexar County. The region also covers Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karns Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson Counties. Cities in the surrounding metro area are:
Alamo Heights – Located in Bexar, County Texas with a population of 7,324. Alamo Heights is a contemporary city with something for everyone, including upscale boutiques and fine restaurants to local diners and thriving businesses. Alamo Heights is San Antonio's city within a city. If you are looking for an eclectic place to live surrounded by friendly people Alamo Heights is the magnet city for you.
Converse – Located in Bexar County with a rapidly growing population of 10,801. Converse boasts itself as city with strong economic and community structure. Converse citizens enjoy its elite suburban lifestyle along with its big city advantage. Converse is located northeast of San Antonio
Kirby – Located in Bexar, County Texas with a population of 8,331. In 1877, Kirby began as a railroad station for the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway north and east of San Antonio. Today Kirby is a steadily growing bedroom community for San Antonio, centrally located between highways 35, 10 and 410.
Leon Valley – Located in Bexar County with a population of 9,550, Leon Valley is a upscale community north and west of San Antonio's downtown area. Leon Valley was once a ranching and farming community in the 1800's. Today it is a friendly valley offering outstanding amenities for its residents and visitors alike. Leon Valley's small town hospitality makes it a magnet city for seniors, with its exemplary city services and nearby big city advantages accessing San Antonio by interstate 410 Highway10.
Live Oak – Located in Falls County with a population of 11,005. Live Oak is conveniently located near interstates 35 and San Antonio's loop or beltway freeway encircling the city. Live Oak is known as the Gateway to San Antonio for this reason. Originally, a farming and ranching community Live Oak today is a thriving suburb of San Antonio offering convenient access to the downtown area and presenting itself as desirable city to live in.
Windcrest – Located in Bexar County, Texas with a population of 5,106. Windcrest is a quaint little suburb of San Antonio just northeast of the city surrounded by other larger cities. Windcrest offers a quiet small town atmosphere with exceptional amenities and city services.
Schertz – Located on the border of Bexar and Guadalupe counties with a population of 10,560. Schertz was established in 1875 as a farming community and railroad stop with a grocery store for the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railway. Today Schertz is an expanding community with a small-town feel. Nearby is the Randolph Air Force Base generating a source of Schertz economy along with its local businesses. Northeast of San Antonio connected by interstate 35 with an easy commute to downtown San Antonio, Schertz creates a comfortable retirement city.
Universal City – Located in Bexar County, Texas with a population of 14,851. Universal City is northeast of downtown San Antonio a community with gentle sloping hills and steep canyons. Universal City a progressive city provides a convenient bedroom community to San Antonio with outdoor recreation such as its beautiful golf courses, local parks and spectator sports fields. On the cultural side of things, Universal City has an array museums, historical attractions, and its own symphony making this city a choice place to live.
San Antonio's sister cities – include Guadalajara, Mexico, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Kumamoto, Japan, Kwangiu, South Korea, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Monterrey, México, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Spain
Senior Services in the San Antonio
The urban area of San Antonio and surrounding suburbs offers seniors and their families a variety of senior housing and support services. These services include Senior Employment Program, Christian Senior Service, Retired Senior Volunteer, Family Service Association, and The AARP Foundation. Senior housing ranges from independent retirement communities, continuum of care communities, assisted living, skilled nursing, Alzheimer's assisted, and Alzheimer's skilled nursing. Senior housing includes Chandler Senior Center, San Jacinto Senior Housing Dev., Our Lady-Sorrows Senior Center, Grace Place Alzheimer's Center, and Nix Heritage Center. Our database offers the ability to search for various types of senior housing. The database also includes definitions of the types of senior housing.
Other senior services in the area include a wide choice of home health care. From home health agencies to home companions, home medical services and senior support services. The San Antonio area offers a variety of senior services both from home health industry to community resources. These services include Senior Services at Jefferson Area Co-Op, Senior Health Benefits-Secure Horizons, and Senior Services-Emergency Alert Systems, also AARP Insurance Services for Seniors and ADT Senior Services Assistance. Use our Search Senior Services link to learn more about the variety of senior housing and senior support services located in the San Antonio, Texas.