It’s no secret we love San Antonio, and our big city with a small town feel is quickly climbing the ranks as one of the most desirable cities to live in the Lone Star State. It’s also one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, according to the US Census Bureau. There are many reasons people are flocking to our city, but there are a few things you should know if you’re planning on making the move. From inexpensive housing, endless activities and attractions, and a growing culinary scene, San Antonio is sure not to disappoint.
Cost of Living
If you’re planning a move to San Antonio, you’ll be delighted to know the cost of living here is slightly below the national average. Texas does things a bit differently than the rest of the nation as far as taxes are concerned. Residents enjoy the fact that there is no state income tax, although you should know that sales taxes and property taxes are slightly higher. This said, it’s still lower than some southern states that have sales tax rates over 9%.
Housing costs are also lower in San Antonio than other parts of Texas. According to the San Antonio Board of Realtors, the median cost of home in San Antonio is about $199,000 while the rest of the state hovers around $215,000. Home values continue to rise, which makes it a perfect time to buy a home in San Antonio! (Check out our Featured Listings page to view our available properties.)
Activities & Attractions
San Antonio boasts an endless list of activities and attractions and whether you’re moving independently or with a family, you’ll never get tired of exploring. The rather temperate climate makes it a perfect place for amusement parts.
One of the most popular year-round attractions is the 250-acre SeaWorld San Antonio amusement park. It’s the perfect day trip to see a variety of animal exhibits, swim with the dolphins or enjoy interactive touch pools. The weather in San Antonio is nice enough for the park to be open year round and makes for a great excuse for out-of-town guests to come visit.
Just a 45-minute drive northeast from central San Antonio is Schlitterbahn Waterpark, rated the world’s #1 waterpark for the last 19 years. On hot summer days, it’s the perfect place to cool off with family and friends.
The San Antonio river walk features the cities most eclectic attractions. The route can be walked and biked, or if you’re ready for a new form of transportation, rent an electric scooter from Scooter Power Tours. Or, grab a River Taxi and head upriver to the Pearl Brewery. Either way, be sure to travel this path and experience all it has to offer, including delicious food.
The most passionate of foodies can be assured that San Antonio has a culinary scene progressive enough to satisfy any palate. From classic southern barbeque to delectable Tex-mex, there’s something for everyone is San Antonio. For a twist on the classic taco try Henry’s Puffy Taco. Their claim-to-fame is the invention of the puffy taco, a taco shell that’s fried in such a way that it becomes almost pillow-like.
For the full details on the best food San Antonio has to offer, we follow Culinaria San Antonio – our local authorities on all things food, plus, they also host fun, foodie events throughout the year.