What it's like to live in San Antonio if you're thinking about moving here

Search "San Antonio" on Google and you'll find people asking lots of questions: Is San Antonio [a] good place to live? Should they move here? What's it like? 

In July 2022, San Antonio was named one of the best places to move to and it wasn't the first time the Alamo City earned those honors. Texans are very aware of Californians making the move to Texas. San Antonio is a city that is rich in culture, food, the arts and its architecture.

If you're looking to move to the Alamo City, MySA looked at data and recent reports available to put together a profile of what it's like to live in San Antonio. 

What's the average living wage in San Antonio? 

In 2019, MIT's Living Wage calculator said the living wage, or the pay someone must earn to support themselves or their family in San Antonio, was $16.20 per hour for a single adult with no children. For two adults with no children, it was $26.64 per hour, and for a family with two children, that living wage increased to $37.65 per hour.

The poverty wage for a single adult living in San Antonio in 2019 was $6.53 per hour; below the minimum wage of $7.25.

These numbers, however, do not account for ongoing inflation. In November 2022, grocery prices in the San Antonio area increased by 12%, according to the Texas Restaurant Association. A dozen eggs in the U.S. went from $1.72 in November 2021 to about $3.59 in November 2022. 

What is the racial makeup of San Antonio?

In 2020, San Antonio was home to 1,434,625 people. The majority of people living in San Antonio at that time were Hispanic or Latino — 65.7% according to 2020 Census data. Of the remaining population, at least 23.1% of those people were white while 6.5% were Black and 3% were Asian.

What is the housing market like in San Antonio?

The housing market in San Antonio is feeling the same effects as other communities across the U.S. — sale prices and interest rates have steadily gone up keeping homes on the market longer. In January, San Antonio saw a 30% decrease year-over-year in home sale closures and a 6% increase from the year prior in the average home price, according to the latest report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors. 

The average home price now sits as $364,080 and the median home price sits at $299,000. For those renting, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is $1,777. Zillow said in a report earlier this year that someone would need three full-time jobs, or three roommates, to afford a two-bedroom apartment in San Antonio. 

What are the schools like in San Antonio?

San Antonio's largest school district is Northside ISD with 102,377 students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year, according to a recent Texas Academic Performance Report. There are 17 school districts within San Antonio as well as private schools and charter school networks like IDEA Public Schools, Great Hearts and Promesa Academy. 

San Antonio is also home to several four-year public and private colleges like the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word to name a few. The Alamo Colleges District is a large community college network that has five campuses across San Antonio and offers a tuition-free program called AlamoPROMISE. 

Where do people shop in San Antonio? 

You will find the usual national big box stores like Target, Walmart, Costco and Sam's. However, the grocery company that has a hold on the market in San Antonio is H-E-B, which is also one of the city's largest employers. There are around 50 H-E-B stores in the greater San Antonio area alone, according to its store locator.

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