San Antonio, located in south-central Texas, is the eighth-largest city in the United States. Its metropolitan area is the 31st-largest in the U.S and third in Texas (behind Dallas/ Fort Worth and Houston). It combines the cultural advantages of a large city, such as an outstanding symphony, art museum and theaters, with the charm of its Spanish heritage. The climate is warm and dry and ideal for year-round outdoor sports.
San Antonio is a popular tourist destination. The Alamo, located downtown, is Texas' top tourist attraction. The jewel of the city is the River Walk, which meanders through the downtown area and is lined with numerous shops, bars, and restaurants. Sea World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and the San Antonio Zoo are also very popular family-friendly destinations. The city boasts the NBA-Championship team San Antonio Spurs and the double-A baseball team San Antonio Missions, in addition to a minor-league hockey team. San Antonio is a three-hour drive from Mexico and also from boating and fishing on the Gulf of Mexico.
The city is characteristic of other Southwest urban centers in which there are sparsely populated areas and a low density rate outside of the city. The cost of living in San Antonio is relatively low (7.7% lower than the U.S. average according to bestplaces.net), and housing is available near the hospital. Many residents own a home while some rent apartments. San Antonio prides itself in its excellent public school systems with many schools receiving awards of excellence.