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There are only four unique cities in America: Boston, New Orleans, San Francisco and San Antonio
— Mark Twain, humorist

Visit San Antonio

“Coming to San Antonio for my birthday is like coming home. I guess there isn’t a city or town in the whole world that holds more happy memories for me.”
— Dwight Eisenhower, president and general
Described by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s coolest cities,” San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the U.S. by population, though you wouldn’t think it driving through the comfortable neighborhoods or strolling down one of its 100+ miles of park trails that lend the city its renowned small-town feel. Situated in South Texas, the city offers all the amenities of a large city with ready access to the surrounding hill country at an overall cost of living 8% lower than the national average, according to Sperling’s BestPlaces.
Our residents live throughout the city, from studio lofts to suburban homes—whatever meets their needs. Spouses and extended family can take advantage of the strong metro economy of San Antonio (number one in the country, according to Bloomberg Business), and parents and children can look forward to recognized school districts that offer all grade levels, several major universities nearby, and an excellent public library system.
“San Antonio speaks for itself, and much of its charm is in the way it embodies its past.”
— Larry McMurtry, novelist
Residents also enjoy the cultural diversity of one of America’s truly unique cities here in San Antonio. The large Hispanic population enriches the annual citywide Fiesta celebration in the spring, the thriving Tejano music scene, the food trucks, and monthly Art Walks, which feature local artists. San Antonio’s five Spanish colonial missions have recently been designated a World Heritage site. German influence is seen in the names of surrounding Hill Country towns like nearby New Braunfels, where visitors can float the Guadalupe River or splash down at Schlitterbahn. San Antonio has a strong military presence with Army/Air Force Joint Base San Antonio, bringing people from around the globe through the city. San Antonio residents encounter people from all walks of life here.
“…one of the three unique cities of America. It is a great old town, is San Antonio…I had the most wonderful day there I think I ever had.”
— Will Rogers, humorist
Whether you’re looking for nightlife or family fun, San Antonio has something for everyone. Both tourists and city residents can shop at La Cantera, eat on the downtown Riverwalk, ride to the top of the Tower of the Americas for a view of the cityscape, then ride a horse-drawn carriage through downtown to take in the historic architecture and visit the famous Alamo. Families take advantage of the warm weather to visit one of SA’s numerous parks or search out thrills at SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Children and adults alike can explore the San Antonio Zoo, botanical gardens, and several art and science museums, including the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Witte, and the McNay.
San Antonio skyline
“Every city lucky enough to be on a river ought to take as its model San Antonio.”
— Charles Kuralt, journalist
San Antonio also has a vibrant performing arts scene, with large venues such as the Majestic Theatre and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, as well as myriad community theaters. Big musical and stand-up acts come through town on a regular basis, and movie buffs can enjoy dinner with their film at the Alamo Drafthouse or the indie Bijou Cinema Bistro. Sports fans flock to the Alamodome to cheer on the NBA champion Spurs, a team that arguably enjoys more love from its home city than any other.
“San Antonio is a town where all the people know how to live.”
— Liz Carptenter, journalist
Downtown, Southtown, King William, and the Pearl Brewery area all offer hip places to hang out at nighttime, and diners have their choice from vegetarian at Green to upscale barbecue at The Granary, in what Wine Enthusiast magazine dubs one of “America’s 5 New Foodie Cities.” Local breweries and Hill Country vineyards stand out, and residents can explore these and the rest of downtown on first Fridays each month.
“It was a wrench to leave San Antonio. My four years there were without doubt the happiest of my life.”
— Douglas MacArthur, general
As a medical resident, enjoy free and plentiful parking at virtually all hospital Download the PDF and clinical sites, along with the “relative paradise” of lighter traffic in San Antonio when compared to other major cities, allowing you to spend more time with your loved ones or exploring the city.
Of course, if you want to occasionally get away (why would you?!), the San Antonio International Airport could jet you anywhere you like, or you could easily daytrip to the Hill Country or walk on the beach in Corpus Christi, just a two-hour drive away.