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Facts About San Antonio

20 Interesting Facts About San Antonio

Facts About San Antonio

  • San Antonio officially the City of San Antonio is the seventh-most populous city in the United States and the second-most populous city in Texas.
  • San Antonio was founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the city became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas in 1731. The area was still part of the Spanish Empire, and later of the Mexican Republic. It is the state’s oldest municipality, having celebrated its 300th anniversary on May 1, 2018.
  • San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for the Portuguese priest Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13.
  • San Antonio is home to four Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region.
  • The city became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas in 1731.
  • The city has a total area of 465.4 square miles; 460.93 square miles of San Antonio’s total area is land and 4.5 square miles of it is water.
  • San Antonio sits on the Balcones Escarpment. Its altitude is approximately 662 feet (202 m) above sea level.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded was 111 °F on September 5, 2000. The average coolest month is January. The lowest recorded temperature ever was 0 °F on January 31, 1949.
  • San Antonio’s economy focuses primarily on military, health care, government–civil service, financial services, oil and gas, and tourism.
  • The San Antonio Missions are the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas.
  • San Antonio is home to the oldest church in Texas, San Fernando Cathedral dates back to 1738.
  • San Antonio is known as “Military City USA.”
  • San Antonio lies at a mean elevation of 198 meters (650 feet) above sea level.
  • The estimated population of San Antonio is 1.508 million.
  • San Antonio is home to the first museum of modern art in Texas, the McNay Art Museum.
  • The Tower of Americas is 750-foot tall, The tower is the tallest building in San Antonio and the 27th tallest building in all of Texas.
  • San Antonio is twinned with Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico; Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain; Gwangju, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Kumamoto, Japan; Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India; Wuxi, China; Windhoek, Namibia; Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany & Moguer, Spain.
  • San Antonio has friendship status with the following cities Suzhou, China & Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson got married at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown San Antonio.
  • San Pedro Park is the oldest park in Texas and the second-oldest in the nation.

 

Facts About San Antonio
Facts About San Antonio