About San Antonio

San Antonio is the metropolitan hub of South Texas with an estimated population of 1.5 million people.


San Antonio has become known as "Military City, USA." Boasting four active military installations including:
  • Lackland Airforce Base,
  • San Antonio Military Medical Center,
  • Randolph Air Force Base,
  • and Fort Sam Houston.


San Antonio's rich culture dates back to the 18th century. It is home to the five Spanish missions, four of which still function as active Catholic parish Churches. San Antonio de Valero, famously known as the Alamo, is not considered one of the original Spanish missions, but all have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The four "Old Spanish Missions" are:
  • Mission Concepcion,
  • Mission San Jose, 
  • Mission San Juan,
  • and Mission Espada. 


The downtown area where the Sheriff's Office is located is an up and coming area. The Riverwalk has been a long-time tourist attraction, and with recent additions such as the Pearl Brewery complex, high rise condominiums, and Bicycle sharing, San Antonio has elevated its position as a modern and progressive, yet affordable city. Economically, San Antonio's cost of living sits at 2.3% above the national average.

Cost of Living

In comparison with other major cities, San Antonio's cost of living is:

  • 20% lower than Miami
  • 5% lower than Phoenix and Dallas
  • 39% lower than Anchorage, and
  • 138% lower than New York

The average prices of various goods and services in San Antonio are located here.