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49 Facts About San Antonio
San Antonio directed Martin de Alarcon, the governor of Coahuila y Tejas, to establish the mission complex.
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San Antonio claimed nearly 100, 000 sq miles as Spanish territory and held some control for nearly three decades; this area stretched across six present-day states.
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San Antonio grew to become the largest Spanish settlement in Texas; it was designated as the capital of the Spanish, later Mexican, province of Tejas.
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San Antonio was forced out of office due to threats on his life by sectarian newcomers and political opponents in 1842, becoming the last Tejano mayor for nearly 150 years.
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Many descendants of German immigrants in San Antonio spoke Texas German up to the fifth or sixth generations.
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South Side area of San Antonio is characterized for its predominantly Latino and Hispanic neighborhoods, an average above 81 percent.
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Natural vegetation in the San Antonio area includes oak-cedar woodland, oak grassland savanna, chaparral brush, and riparian (stream) woodland.
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San Antonio is at the westernmost limit for both Cabbage palmetto and Spanish moss.
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San Antonio has a transitional humid subtropical climate that borders a semi-arid climate (Koppen climate classification: BSh) towards the west of the city featuring very hot, long, and humid summers and mild to cool winters.
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San Antonio receives about a dozen subfreezing nights each year, typically seeing snow, sleet, or freezing rain about once every two or three winters, but accumulation and snow itself are very rare.
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San Antonio has experienced two F4 tornadoes, one in 1953 and another in 1973.
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San Antonio has a large Hispanic population with a significant African American population.
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The 2017 estimate for Greater San Antonio was 2, 473, 974, making it the third-most populous metro area in Texas and the 24th-most populous metro area in the U S The metropolitan area is bordered to the northeast by, and the two metropolitan areas together combine to form a region of over 4.
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Roughly 218, 249 residents in San Antonio were foreign-born residents.
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In 2016, San Antonio scored a 90 out of 100 in its treatment of the LGBT community.
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In 1983 San Antonio had the tenth highest homicide rate in Texas with 18.
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In 1993 San Antonio was nicknamed the "Drive-By City" after San Antonio Police Department recorded over 1, 200 drive-by shootings; nearly 3.
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In 2020, San Antonio ranked the fourth U S city with the biggest increase in homicides.
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San Antonio has a diversified economy with a gross domestic product of approximately $121 billion in 2018.
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San Antonio's economy focuses primarily on military, health care, government–civil service, professional and business services, oil and gas, and tourism.
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The city of San Antonio received $195 million in the same year from the hospitality industry, with revenues from hotel occupancy tax, sales taxes and others.
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The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, located in Downtown, is Texas' top tourist attraction.
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San Antonio FC began play in the soccer-specific stadium, Toyota Field, in 2016.
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City of San Antonio is operated under the council-manager system of government.
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Unlike most large cities in the U S, San Antonio is not completely surrounded by independent suburban cities, and under Texas state law it exercises extraterritorial jurisdiction over much of the surrounding unincorporated land, including planning major thoroughfares and enforcing rules for platting and subdivision.
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In May 2010, the City of San Antonio agreed to release thousands of acres of land in its extraterritorial jurisdiction along Interstate 10 to Schertz.
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San Antonio is home to a campus of The Culinary Institute of America.
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City of San Antonio is served by the following separate independent school districts which each encompass elementary, middle, and high schools:.
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San Antonio has one major newspaper, the San Antonio Express-News, which has served the area since 1865.
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The San Antonio Current is the free "alternative" paper published weekly with local political issues, art and music news, restaurant listings and reviews, and listings of events and nightlife around town.
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The San Antonio Observer is the only African American newspaper in San Antonio since 1995 and the largest in South Texas.
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San Antonio Report, renamed in 2020 from the Rivard Report, is the city's only digital-only news publication.
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San Antonio is home to iHeartMedia, the largest operator of radio stations in the U S Its flagship, WOAI AM-1200, is known for its local news operation, considered among the best in the country.
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San Antonio radio is diversified, due to an influx of non-Tejano Latinos, mostly from the East Coast, who serve in the city's various military bases, as well as immigrants from Mexico.
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Fiesta San Antonio alone carries an annual economic impact of $340 million.
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San Antonio became the largest American city without an intra-city rail system when Phoenix, the former largest city without such a system, procured one in 2008.
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San Antonio has about 136 miles of bike lanes, routes or off-road paths.
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San Antonio is one of the most car-dependent major cities in the United States.
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