The following information came from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Website, located at www.sachamber.org.
Cost of Living: Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means San Antonio, TX is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means San Antonio, TX is more expensive. Overall, San Antonio, TX cost of living is 83.40.
Population San Antonio: Population in July 2009: 1,373,668. Population change since 2000: +20.0%
Median resident age: 31.7 years
San Antonio city income, earnings, and wages data
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $114,400 (it was $67,500 in 2000)
San Antonio: $114,400
The city of San Antonio enjoys a moderate climate with hot summers and mild winters, making San Antonio the ideal holiday destination.
Spring and autumn seasons in San Antonio are pleasant seasons, with plenty of sunny weather and daytime temperatures averaging around 27°C / 80°F. Evening temperatures can drop to around 16°C / 60°F,
Summers in San Antonio are hot and June, July and August feature the hottest weather and climate of the year, when temperatures can rise above 35°C / 95°F. San Antonio averages more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
Winter in San Antonio is a mild season, with December and January containing the coolest climate of the year. Daytime temperatures in winter are around 16°C / 60°F, but temperatures can drop to 3°C / 37°F. Snowfalls are rare and the annual average snowfall is around 2 cm / 0.7 inches.
San Antonio's annual average precipitation is 79 cm / 31 inches.
Government San Antonio operates under the council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of 11 elected members, including 10 Council people elected by district and a mayor elected at large. Council members serve two-year terms. The Council sets the policies for the city and hires a city manager to serve as chief administrative official.
Transportation Air Transportation: San Antonio International Airport has direct service to all major hubs and is accessible by air to flights from around the country and beyond. Eleven scheduled airlines serve San Antonio: Southwest, United, Mexicana, Delta, Atlantic Southeast, Northwest, AeroLitoral, American, Continental, TWA, and Aeromar.
MASS TRANSIT: San Antonio's bus system has routes that cover over 1200 square miles. Use Google Transit to plan the trip, The customer service number is here.
TAXI: Two to six people can ride the taxi for the price of one. Approximate fares, not including tips, to the downtown business district from the airport range from $24 - $26; Northwest Area (near SeaWorld) $39-$41; Westin La Cantera Resort $33-$35. San Antonio offers multiple taxi services.
BICYCLE: San Antonio's bicycle culture is growing rapidly. As part of the international bikeshare movement, the city has installed kiosks at convenient spots around the downtown urban core. Rent or share a bike and hop on the nearly 40 miles of urban bike trails to explore the city.
STREETCAR: Downtown travel is a breeze on the streetcar, an open air, authentic reproduction of a rail streetcar which traveled the streets of San Antonio more than 50 years ago. Four streetcar routes stop at top sights like the Alamo, the Spanish Governor's Palace, La Villita, Sunset Station, the Southwest School of Art, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the King William Historic District and downtown shopping. The downtown streetcar station at Convention Plaza provides convenient access for travelers. Order a streetcar pass online or purchase one at the Visitor Center. When you get in town, pick up a streetcar brochure in your hotel lobby.
SIGHTSEER BUS: (Bus 7) runs daily between the city's favorite sites. You can see them all for one price. Locations visited by the Sightseer Special include: River Walk Streetcar Station, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Alamo, San Antonio Museum of Art, Japanese Tea Garden, Brackenridge Park , San Antonio Zoo, Trinity University, University of the Incarnate Word, Witte Museum and San Antonio Botanical Garden.
RIVER TAXI: The River Taxi stops at 39 locations along the River Walk. Purchase tickets online or from the operator. Look for the river cruiser with the black and yellow checkered flag.
Media Newspapers: The two daily newspapers here are the San Antonio Express-News (250-3000), owned by The Hearst Corporation, and the Daily Commercial Recorder, a business and legal newspaper (736-4450). There are also approximately 35 weekly and neighborhood newspapers, including several which focus on the military.
Cable: Cable television service is offered by Time Warner Cable (210/244-0500).
Radio: There are over 30 local radio stations.
Television: San Antonio stations include KABB (Independent Fox), KENS (CBS affiliated), KLRN (local PBS), KMOL (NBC affiliated), KRRT (UPN affiliated), KSAT (ABC affiliated), KHCE (Christian, educational), KVDA (Spanish) and KWEX (Spanish).
Residents new to Indian Hills will need to set up water, electrical, telephone, and cable television accounts with the municipal service providers shown in the links below: