San Antonio, Texas Education and City Information

With an estimated population of more than 1.4 million as of 2014, San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest in the country. San Antonio is home to numerous institutions of higher learning, including the top-ranked regional university in the West.

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Information About San Antonio

San Antonio lies on the San Antonio River, which was originally used for transport but is now primarily a focus for waterside activities and a backdrop to urban living. The city is probably best known for being the site of the Battle of the Alamo during the war for Texas independence in 1836. San Antonio still has a strong Latino presence, with more than 63 percent of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino in 2010.

Along with the Alamo, the Riverwalk is one of the prime tourist destinations in San Antonio. Also known as Paseo del Rio, this pedestrian street, located a story beneath downtown San Antonio along the river banks, features restaurants, bars and shops. Other attractions in the city include the McNay Art Museum, HemisFair Park, Seaworld San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Festivals include the Mud Festival in January, Fiesta San Antonio in April, the Tejano Conjunto Festival in May, the Texas Folklife Festival and Summer Fest, both in June, and Oktoberfest.

San Antonio Educational Opportunities

Trinity University, a private not-for-profit school in San Antonio, was ranked the best regional university in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other small private schools in the city include St. Mary's University, ranked the 22nd best regional university in the West; Hallmark College; University of the Incarnate Word; and Our Lady of the Lake University.

San Antonio also hosts campuses of Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and the Culinary Institute of America. Additionally, there are several public 2-year schools located in the city, including Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, and San Antonio College.

San Antonio Economy and Industry

In 2015, Forbes ranked San Antonio 50th on its list of Best Places for Business and Careers. The city's economy is diverse, with health care, tourism, and defense as major contributors. San Antonio also has a strong military presence, with both Lackland Air Force Base and the U.S. Army's Fort Sam Houston located within city limits.

Valero Energy Corp. is headquartered in San Antonio, as are insurance giant USAA, oil refineries Tesoro Corp. and NuStar Energy L.P.

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