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San Antonio Fact Sheet
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San Antonio Fact Sheet

San Antonio at a Glance Fact Sheet 

  • Seventh largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.
  • Host to more than 39 million visitors a year, including 31.1 million overnight guests
  • Home to the River Walk – a 15-mile network of stone paths along the San Antonio River that connect hotels, shops, restaurants, theaters and more
  • Has the largest concentration of Spanish colonial architecture in North America, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that includes five 18th century missions. The city also has the oldest active cathedral sanctuary in the U.S.
  • Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in November 2017, only the second city in the U.S. to receive the designation
  • Home to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) – one of only three campuses in the country; including a focus on Latin American cuisine
  • Known for the Alamo, the number one tourist attraction in Texas and one of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions
  • Entertains with top theme parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Morgan’s Wonderland – the world’s largest ultra-accessible theme park designed for those with special needs
  • Offers nationally acclaimed museums including two Smithsonian affiliates
  • Recognized for events including Fiesta San Antonio, Luminaria: Contemporary Arts Festival, Culinaria Food & Wine Festival, the Conjunto Music Festival and the largest Día De Los Muertos celebration in the U.S.
  • Birthplace of Tex-Mex – experience it in the city’s culture, art, music and cuisine
  • Leading golf destination with more than 50 golf courses, many noted among the nation’s best
  • Destination for professional sports teams: San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio FC (USL) and San Antonio Missions (MiLB)
  • Top industries include healthcare/bioscience, manufacturing, IT, tourism and aerospace
  • Host to eight universities including Division I schools the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and University of the Incarnate Word, as well as the Alamo College System
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