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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's business friendly environment promotes progress and growth. San Antonio 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 EY, Oracle, Microsoft,  Medtronic, H-E-B,  USAA, Whataburger, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas and more.

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Demographics

Ranked as 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 population has grown by 8% between 2013 and 2018 and is predicted to increase an additional 7% by 2023. 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 77% of the county’s estimated population. San Antonio encompasses a total geographic area of 467 square miles with a population density of 3,082 persons per square mile. The total land area for Bexar County is 1,247 square miles with a population density of 1,490 persons per square mile. Source: 2016 Census Bureau Household Income The 2018 median household income in San Antonio MSA was $56,495. Workers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $22.21 in December 2018, about 9 percent below the nationwide average of $24.34, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Source: 2018 U.S. Census Data

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Area
2010 Census
2017 Census
Projected Growth 2017 - 2022
San Antonio
1,327,407
1,492,510 (est. 2016)
7.47%
Bexar County
1,714,773
1,958,578
8.23%
Metro Area
2,142,508
2,473,974
8.43%
Source: Claritas - 2017 & U.S. Census Bureau Annual Estimates of the Resident Pop: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017
Race
Bexar County
San Antonio Metro Area
White Alone
71.5%
74.1%
Black/African American
7.9%
7.1%
Asian
2.9%
2.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
0.2%
0.1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native Alone
0.9%
0.8%
Two or More Races
3.8%
3.6%
Other Race
12.9%
11.8%
Source: 2017 Claritas
Origin
Bexar County
San Antonio Metro Area
Not Hispanic or Latino
40.36%
45.01%
Hispanic or Latino
59.64%
54.99%
Source: 2017 Claritas
Language(s)
Bexar County
San Antonio Metro Area
Spanish and English
36.7%
33.6%
English Only
59.5%
63.0%
Other and English
3.8%
3.4%
Source: 2016 U.S. Census Data
City
Median Age
San Francisco, CA
38.4
Jacksonville, FL
35.7
Charlotte, NC
33.8
Kansas City, MO
35.3
Tulsa, OK
34.9
Albuquerque, NM
36.0
Chicago, IL
34.2
Denver, CO
35.7
Columbus, OH
32.1
Atlanta, GA
33.5
Phoenix, AZ
33.3
Oklahoma City, OK
34.0
San Diego, CA
34.2
San Antonio, TX
33.1
Dallas, TX
32.5
Austin, TX
32.4
Salt Lake City, UT
31.8
Source: 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
San Antonio Metro Area
Number
Percent of Population
Under 18 years old
612,003
25.7
Age 16 and over
1,833,187
77.1
Age 18 and over
1,765,504
74.3
Age 21 and over
1,661,280
69.9
Age 62 and over
363,956
15.3
Age 65 and over
292,293
12.3
Source: ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates  2013-2017 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates
Largest Employers

San Antonio’s powerhouse employers support a healthy and diverse economy – a blend of well-established financial services, rapidly growing life sciences, a booming new energy sphere, a flourishing cybersecurity and technology field and a robust manufacturing sector that produces everything from aircraft to Toyota trucks. The city’s central location has made it the hub for trade and export throughout the U.S., North and South America. San Antonio’s employment in December 2018 was 1,150,484 compared to 1,136,835 in December 2017. The metro’s unemployment rate was 3.2% compared to 3.6% in Texas and 3.9% 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
SWBC
Insurance
1,200
NuStar Energy
Energy
550
Source: The 2017 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
37,000
Fort Sam Houston-U.S. Army
Military
32,000
H-E-B
Super Market Chain
20,000
USAA
Financial Services and Insurance
18,305
Randolph Air Force Base
Military
11,000
Methodist Healthcare System
Health Care Services
9,620
City of San Antonio
San Antonio
9,145
Baptist Health System
Health Care Services
6,383
Wells Fargo
Financial Services
5,073
Harland Clarke
Managed Services
5,000
JP Morgan Chase
Financial Services
5,000
Andeavor
Oil Refiner
5,000
Bill Miller BBQ
Restaurant Chain
4,500
AT&T
Phone, Wireless and Internet services
4,300
Valero Energy Corp.
Oil Refiner and Gasoline Mktg
4,000
Rackspace
IT Managed Hosting Solutions
3,540
CPS Energy
Utilities
3,125
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Entertainment
3,000
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Manufacturing
2,834
CitiBank
Financial
2,600
Southwest Research Institute
Applied Research
2,574
Frost Bank
Financial
2,242
The 2017 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 13 percentage points lower, according to the Cost of Living Index published by the Council for Community & Economic Research (2018).

City
Composite Index*
Grocery Items
Housing
Utilities
Transportation
Health Care
Misc. Goods & Services
San Francisco, CA
196.7
130.6
357.1
126.7
132.2
126.2
130.6
San Diego, CA
147.3
112.6
231.0
131.6
121.9
108.0
105.6
Chicago, IL
123.3
102.6
157.5
93.0
125.2
101.6
112.5
Denver, CO
113.3
99.0
139.3
81.0
104.2
102.9
109.0
Dallas, TX
105.6
107.0
106.7
105.8
98.1
105.2
106.0
Atlanta, GA
102.0
99.6
106.6
87.1
99.8
108.9
102.6
Austin, TX
98.6
88.8
101.0
96.6
90.9
104.0
102.2
Phoenix, AZ
97.5
98.7
94.7
111.3
98.9
95.3
95.8
Charlotte, NC
97.2
99.6
85.6
94.1
94.8
107.4
106.2
Houston, TX
96.3
85.7
97.3
109.9
98.6
93.3
95.9
Kansas City, MO
95.1
102.7
85.1
99.0
93.7
99.9
99.5
Jacksonville, FL
92.0
98.2
86.4
97.4
87.4
82.9
95.2
San Antonio, TX
86.9
86.9
76.4
88.9
87.3
84.7
95.5
* U.S. average = 100 Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index, 2018 Annual Average
Higher Education

With 15 colleges and universities in the San Antonio area and a student population of over 160,000, our community enjoys the 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

2017 Fall Enrollment - 38,666

University of Texas at San Antonio

2017 Fall Enrollment - 30,674

San Antonio College

2016 Fall Enrollment - 19,028

Northwest Vista College

2016 Fall Enrollment - 16,793

St. Phillips College

2016 Fall Enrollment - 11,604

University of the Incarnate Word

2017 Fall Enrollment - 10,389

Palo Alto College

2016 Fall Enrollment - 9,108

Northwest Lakeview College

2016 Fall Enrollment - 6,000

Texas A&M University San Antonio

2017 Fall Enrollment - 6,500

St. Mary’s University

2017 Fall Enrollment - 3,078

UT Health San Antonio

2017 Fall Enrollment - 3,250

Our Lady of the Lake University

2017 Fall Enrollment - 2,985

Trinity University

2017 Fall Enrollment - 2,430

Wayland Baptist

2017 Fall Enrollment - 1,969

Texas Lutheran University

2017 Fall Enrollment - 1,318

Military

San Antonio is Military City, USA and the home of military medicine. The community has carried a strong military presence for centuries. With 4 major military bases as part of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), 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 has spurred dramatic growth and innovations in cybersecurity, technology and life sciences industries.

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 Benefits 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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