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San Antonio or “The City of Saint Anthony” was named in 1691 by Spanish colonizers who visited the river on June 13th, the feast day of the Saint. It has a sprawling metropolitan area which is densely populated although the outer region is more sparsely populated. One of the favorite tourist destinations in the USA, San Antonio plays hosts to over 27 million tourists a year.

San Antonio is approximately 75 miles west of Austin, the Texan state capital and has typically desert and tropical climate, with humid Summers and mild Winters, although they have been known to see snowfall on and off during the Winter months. The Spring season is known for its warm rains and cool breezes.

Often called Texas Hill country, San Antonio is a city which prides itself on its heritage but also makes major steps forward towards development in Healthcare, Oil and Gas and their burgeoning tourist industry. The Alamo, The River Walk and SeaWorld are three of the top visited tourist attractions in the city which is proud to be the home of the Frito, the Cheeto and the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spanish influence is strong, given the number of Missions and Churches that are within the city, and it also influences the cultural history of the city as is apparent in the Flamenco music which is immensely popular and the San Antonio “Chili”, the world famous signature dish that originated here.

San Antonio Travel Tips

Essential travel information and San Antonio tips for your visit

  • Do try out all the local mixed heritage delicacies.
  • Do check out every place of interest along the River walk.
  • Dress conservatively when visiting any place of historical importance.
  • Take a horse drawn carriage to the Alamo at sunset.
  • Visit the Mcnay Art Center – the first modern art gallery in Texas.
  • Try to catch a San Antonio Spurs game when in town.
  • Don’t make light of the city’s history.
  • Don’t dismiss its historical landmarks publicly.
  • Don’t litter, especially the Riverwalk.
  • Don't criticize the San Antonio Spurs anywhere in the hearing of anyone.

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Facts and Stats for San Antonio*

  • Pollution Statistics in San Antonio

    Know the pollution level of San Antonio before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 31.48 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42.05 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 28.41 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 28.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 41.67 (Moderate)
  • San Antonio: Crime and Safety

    How safe is San Antonio for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Antonio.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.97 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.03 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 44.4 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 37.95 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 37.93 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 54.74 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 31.14 (Low)
    • Drug offense 47.84 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.08 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.45 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.21 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.41 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52.19 (Moderate)
  • Living in San Antonio - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of San Antonio is 192.02 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 58.14 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 81.17 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 41.03 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.54 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 59.69 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 69.69 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.33 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 144.83 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in San Antonio

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in San Antonio

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.42 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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