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San Antonio is becoming the smart choice for new and expanding companies from around the world because of its strategic geographic location, economic stability and growing workforce.
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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.View Graph
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
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.
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 14.1 percentage points lower, according to the Cost of Living Index published by the Council for Community & Economic Research (Annual 2016). This translates to companies that choose to relocate to San Antonio saving on average 14.1% on their employees’ after taxes income.
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.
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
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.
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