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Economic Snapshot

San Antonio is the ideal environment for businesses of all sizes. Whether you're beginning your story, growing your footprint or continuing a thriving enterprise, San Antonio can help cultivate an atmosphere of progress and growth. Not only does the city boast a pro-business environment, decreasing costs through incentives and industrial policies, but San Antonio also offers a low-cost utility portfolio including renewable energy options. It maintains a skilled workforce bursting with vitality, built of professionals younger than the U.S. national average age. These key factors and so many more have provided uniquely beneficial circumstances for companies to include Petco, Oracle, Microsoft, Medtronic, H-E-B, Whataburger, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas and more.

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Demographics

Ranked the 7th largest city in America, San Antonio continues to grow as young professionals and businesses are taking notice of the abundant opportunity in San Antonio. The San Antonio MSA has grown by 11.75% between 2010 and 2016 and is predicted to increase an additional 8.12% by 2021. San Antonio is also projected to welcome 1.1 million new residents by 2040 and demographically represents what the US will look like in the future. San Antonio stands as Bexar County’s largest city, accounting for almost 40% of the county’s geographic area and about 75% of the county’s estimated population. San Antonio encompasses a total geographic area of 467 square miles with a population density of 3,395 persons per square mile. The total land area for Bexar County is 1,247 square miles with a population density of 1,383 persons per square mile. Source: 2014 Census Bureau Household Income The 2015 median household income in San Antonio was $51,150, compared to national median household income of $53,889. Workers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $21.03 in May 2015, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $23.23, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Source: 2014 U.S. Census Data

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Area
2010 Census
Est. Pop. 2016
Projected Growth 2016 - 2021
San Antonio
1,327,407
1,440,900
6.90%
Bexar County
1,714,773
1,904,785
7.90%
Metro Area
2,142,508
2,394,156
8.12%
Source: Claritas
Race
Bexar County
San Antonio Metro Area
White Alone
71.8%
74.33%
Black/African American
7.9%
7.03%
Asian
2.7%
2.37%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
0.1%
0.84%
Two or More Races
3.7%
3.54%
Other Race
12.8%
11.76%
Source: 2016 Claritas
Origin
Bexar County
San Antonio Metro Area
Not Hispanic or Latino
40.6%
45.18%
Hispanic or Latino
59.4%
54.82%
Source: 2016 Claritas
Language(s)
Bexar County
San Antonio Metro Area
Spanish and English
37.5%
34.21%
English Only
58.8%
62.44%
Other and English
3.7%
3.35%
Source: 2014 U.S. Census Data
Location
Median Age
San Francisco, CA
38.3
Jacksonville, FL
37.5
Charlotte, NC
37.2
Kansas City, MO
36.5
Tulsa, OK
36.5
Albuquerque, NM
36.4
Chicago, IL
35.8
Denver, CO
35.7
Columbus, OH
35.1
Atlanta, GA
34.9
Phoenix, AZ
34.7
Oklahoma, OK
34.6
San Diego, CA
34.6
San Antonio, TX
34.1
Dallas, TX
33.5
Austin, TX
32.6
Salt Lake City, UT
30.9
Source: 2010 U.S. Census Data
Bexar County Age
Number
Percent of Population
Age 0-4
135,144
7.26
Age 5-9
135,458
7.28
Age 10-14
135,747
7.29
Age 15-17
81,921
4.40
Age 18-20
86,008
4.62
Age 21-24
112,052
6.02
Age 25-34
277,172
14.89
Age 35-44
246,851
13.26
Age 45-54
236,327
12.70
Age 55-64
201,027
10.80
Age 65-74
125,282
6.73
Age 75-84
62,531
3.36
Age 85 and over
26,042
1.40
Age 16 and over
1,428,364
76.73
Age 18 and over
1,373,292
73,77
Age 21 and over
1,287,284
69.15
Age 65 and over
213,855
11.49
Source: 2014 U.S. Census Data
Largest Employers

San Antonio’s powerhouse employers support a healthy and diverse economy – a blend of well-established financial services, rapidly growing biomedical and biotech sectors, a booming new energy sphere, a flourishing IT and cybersecurity field and a robust manufacturing sector that produces everything from aircrafts to Toyota trucks. The city’s central location has made it the hub for economies in the South Central Texas region and Mexico. San Antonio’s employment in November 2016 was 1,012,700 compared to 996,900 in November 2015. The city’s unemployment rate was 3.7% compared to 4.6% in Texas and 4.6% in the U.S in the same time period.

Employer
Sector
Number of Local Employees
H-E-B
Super Market Chain
20,000
USAA
Financial Services and Insurance
17,000
Cullen / Frost Bankers
Financial Services
3,982
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
Fast Food Chain
3,540
Rackspace
IT Managed Hosting Solutions
3,300
CPS Energy
Utilities
3,022
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Auto Manufacturing
2,900
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
TV & Radio Stations, Outdoor Ads
2,800
Southwest Research Institute
Applied Research
2,715
Valero Energy
Oil Refiner & Gasoline Mktg.
1,653
Harland Clarke
Check Printing
1,500
KCI
Medical Supplies
1,400
Tesoro
Oil Refiner & Petroleum Products
1,300
HVHC
Optical Manufacturing
1,200
Security Service Federal Credit Union
Financial Institution
1,200
The SWBC
Insurance
1,200
NuStar Energy
Energy
550
Source: The 2015 Book of Lists, The San Antonio Business Journal and by contact with company representatives.
Employer
Sector
Number of Local Employees
Lackland Air Force Base
Military
37,097
Fort Sam Houston-U.S. Army
Military
32,000
H-E-B
Super Market Chain
20,000
USAA
Financial Services and Insurance
17,000
Northside ISD
School District
12,751
Randolph Air Force Base
Military
11,068
North East I.S.D.
School District
10,052
City of San Antonio
San Antonio
9,145
Methodist Healthcare System
Health Care Services
8,118
San Antonio I.S.D.
School District
7,000
Baptist Health System
Health Care Services
6,498
JP Morgan Chase
Financial Services
5,200
Wells Fargo
Financial Services
5,153
ATT
Phone, Wireless and Internet services
4,200
Bill Miller BBQ
Restaurant Chain
3,540
Christus Santa Rosa Health Care
Health Care Services
3,360
CPS Energy
Utilities
3,022
Rackspace
IT Managed Hosting Solutions
3,300
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Manufacturing
2,900
Clear Channel Communications
TV and Radio Stations, Outdoor Ads
2,800
Boeing
Aerospace and Manufacturing
2,800
Southwest Research Institute
Applied Research
2,700
Frost Bank
Financial
2,100
Accenture
Professional Services / Technology Services
1,800
Valero Energy
Oil Refiner and Gasoline Mktg
1,653
Harland Clarke
Check Printing
1,500
KCI
Medical Supplies
1,400
HVHC
Optical Manufacturing
1,200
WellMed Medical Management Inc.
Medical Management
1,200
Security Service Federal Credit Union
Financial Institution
1,200
SWBC
Insurance
1,200
Wal Mart Distribution Center (New Braunfels)
Distribution
1,000
Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
Financial Institution
928
Caterpillar
Manufacturing
900
Gunn Automotive Group
Automobile Dealer
803
The 2015 Book of Lists, The San Antonio Business Journal and by contact with company representatives.
Cost of Living

San Antonio is one of the largest cities in America, yet it continues to maintain a comparatively affordable cost of living coupled with big city amenities. The City’s cost of living only adds to San Antonio’s appeal as a frontier for high business growth and an alluring, affordable lifestyle that young professionals enjoy. San Antonio’s cost of living when compared to other cities is on average 14.6 percentage points lower, according to the Cost of Living Index published by the Council for Community & Economic Research (Q3 2016). This translates to companies that choose to relocate to San Antonio saving on average 14.6% on their employees’ after taxes income.

City
Composite Index*
Grocery Items
Housing
Utilities
Transportation
Health Care
Misc. Goods & Services
San Francisco, CA
177.4
131.0
323.1
107.1
135.9
119.5
119.1
San Diego, CA
144.4
112.9
235.5
112.6
131.4
107.9
102.0
Chicago, IL
118.5
108.5
144.8
94.9
125.7
102.7
108.2
Denver, CO
110.4
106.3
131.9
92.6
104.2
106.8
102.4
Dallas, TX
100.4
108.5
88.0
98.7
101.5
106.3
106.6
Houston, TX
98.8
87.4
103.0
106.2
94.3
91.1
100.0
Atlanta, GA
98.7
103.8
88.5
103.1
101.7
107.9
101.6
Phoenix, AZ
97.0
94.8
98.3
94.7
100.9
96.6
96.5
Austin, TX
96.7
86.9
94.8
102.9
98.3
102.7
99.1
Jacksonville, FL
95.8
97.7
85.1
110.0
100.3
86.0
99.3
Charlotte, NC
94.8
94.0
85.1
91.9
96.8
103.6
101.9
Kansas City, MO
93.1
99.9
81.8
83.7
95.1
97.0
101.0
San Antonio, TX
86.0
81.5
76.3
87.5
88.3
91.8
93.6
* U.S. average = 100 Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index, Annual 2016
Higher Education

With 15 colleges and universities in the San Antonio area and a student population of over 150,000, our community enjoys continual growth of a robust educated workforce. San Antonio’s higher education institutions offer a diverse range of studies including sciences, businesses, technology, and the arts, among many others.

Texas State University

2015 Fall Enrollment - 34,087

University of Texas at San Antonio

2015 Fall Enrollment - 30,474

San Antonio College

2015 Fall Enrollment - 21,134

Northwest Vista College

2015 Fall Enrollment - 15,992

St. Phillips College

2015 Fall Enrollment - 10,313

University of the Incarnate Word

2015 Fall Enrollment - 8,442

Palo Alto College

2015 Fall Enrollment - 8,568

Northwest Lakeview College

2015 Fall Enrollment - 6,000

Texas A&M University San Antonio

2015 Fall Enrollment - 5,966

St. Mary’s University

2015 Fall Enrollment - 3,941

UT Health San Antonio

2015 Fall Enrollment - 3,249

Our Lady of the Lake University

2015 Fall Enrollment - 2,799

Trinity University

2015 Fall Enrollment - 2,458

Wayland Baptist

2015 Fall Enrollment - 1,969

Texas Lutheran University

2015 Fall Enrollment - 1,318

Military

Often referred to as Military City, USA, San Antonio has carried a strong military presence for centuries. With 4 major military bases as part of Joint Base San Antonio (SABJ), it is no surprise that the city is home to one of the largest active and retired military populations in the nation. The military in San Antonio not only has brought a sense of pride to the city, but also strengthens the economy and provides world-class medical facilities.

Randolph Air Force Base – Headquarters for Air Education and Training Command and the Air Force Military Personnel Center

Fort Sam Houston – Brooke Army Medical Center, Institute of Surgical Research, Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute

Lackland Air Force Base – Air Force Basic Training and headquarters for Air Force Intelligence Agency

Camp Bullis – Provides Base Operations Support and Training Support to JBSA

Total Military and Civilian-Related Employment of JBSA
Occupations

The following wage and benefit information is taken from the San Antonio Area Wage and Benefit survey published in 2015 by Werling and Associates. Ninety-three companies representing a wide cross-section of the greater San Antonio business community participated in the survey. The following data is intended to provide an indication of local trends and an overview of the total information available. Upon request, SAEDF can provide more specific wage data for companies interested in expanding into or relocating to the San Antonio market. Please contact us for more detailed information relevant to your organization’s needs.

Occupation
10th Percentile ($)
Median Wage ($)
75th Percentile ($)
Accountant I (Degreed)
$16.87
$22.05
$24.60
Accounts Payable Clerk I
$13.00
$14.80
$15.82
Accounts Payable Clerk II
$14.11
$17.00
$19.62
Accounts Receivable Clerk I
Not Available
$13.81
$15.29
Accounts Receivable Clerk II
$12.40
$16.06
$18.88
Administrative Assistant
$12.26
$16.13
$18.25
Cost Accountant
Not Available
$24.04
$25.67
Data Entry Operator
$11.38
$12.78
$14.41
File Clerk
$10.00
$10.50
$11.37
General Office Clerk I
$10.50
$12.48
$14.16
General Office Clerk II
$10.34
$13.95
$15.72
Office Manager
$16.57
$21.61
$24.04
Payroll Clerk
$14.19
$16.11
$17.78
Receptionist
$10.00
$12.04
$13.70
Secretary
$12.44
$14.86
$15.03
Occupation
10th Percentile ($)
Median Wage ($)
75th Percentile ($)
Business Systems Analyst
$24.99
$32.10
$37.28
Database Administrator
$27.84
$43.27
$46.59
Engineer – Mechanical
$23.43
$33.65
$37.69
Engineering Technician
$17.85
$20.26
$23.82
Help Desk Supervisor
Not Available
$30.22
$34.22
IS Director
$37.45
$55.50
$63.18
IS Manager (Less than 200 Users)
Not Available
$40.87
$47.50
Programmer Applications I
N/A
$28.96
N/A
Project Manager – IT
$34.01
$56.92
$62.03
Quality Assurance Manager (Non-Manufacturing)
Not Available
$41.60
$51.13
Quality Engineer
$28.11
$34.34
$40.65
Web Developer
Not Available
$31.79
$36.44

2014 Overall
2015 Projected
Average % Increase
2.87%
2.96%
Shift
Percentage % Number of Responses
Average %
Dollar Amount $ Number of Responses
Average $
2nd Shift
15
10.2
17
0.78
3rd Shift
11
13.5
20
1.06

Employer Monthly Contribution

Employer Monthly Contribution

Employee Monthly Contribution

Coverage
# of Responses
Avg. %
# of Responses
Avg. $
# of Responses
Avg. $
Employee
56
77.9%
63
$373.89
54
$100.04
Employee & Spouse
63
64.8%
62
$585.13
63
$335.03
Employee & Dependents
62
67.0%
61
$549.38
62
$292.31
Employee & Family
62
61.4%
62
$786.96
63
$526.82
NOTE: Employee Monthly Contribution only reports the average amount that employees pay in organizations without 100% payment.
Paid Time Off
Management # of Response
Average # of Days
Staff # of Responses
Average # of Days
Maximum Accrual # of Responses
Average # of Days
During 1st year of service
37
15.4
35
14.2
31
23.5
1 year of service
38
16.8
37
16.0
32
25.0
2-4 years of service
38
18.3
37
17.9
32
26.3
5-9 years of service
38
21.8
37
21.7
32
29.2
10-15 years of service
38
24.6
37
24.8
32
32.2
Over 15 years of service
38
25.1
37
25.5
32
32.6

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