San Antonio was recently named #3 on Patch.com’s list of The 10 Best Cities to Retire in the U.S., and the city was also mentioned by Forbes.com as one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities for millennials. The truth is that San Antonio is a city on the rise, and its low cost of living, great weather, and fun things to do make it a great place to live for all generations!
Growing up on the coast of Texas, I had always imagined I would remain close to the ocean for the entirety of my life, but that was not the case. Upon graduating from Gregory-Portland High, I quickly made the move to San Marcos, TX to complete my Bachelor’s degree. I spent the next four years enthralled by this tiny town, but by graduation, I was ready to move on to bigger things, and bigger opportunities.
That is when I discovered San Antonio – a city with a rich history, booming nightlife, and just the kind of calm lifestyle I was looking to transition to post-grad. The Huffington Post had recently called San Antonio “the new Austin,” and I had to agree.
San Antonio epitomizes what most millennials and retirees are searching for, and it is transforming into a place Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennial’s can all live and thrive.
San Antonio has a diverse economy that is driven by the healthcare and bioscience, financial services, cybersecurity, aerospace, and tourism industries. Along with San Antonio’s strong military presence, those industries attract talent from across the country who choose to move to and stay in San Antonio because of the opportunities that exist and the quality of life. For example, the city’s Medical Center is home to 27,000 employees and more than 5,000 health profession students, most of whom choose to stay in the area upon graduation because of the low cost of housing.
People have been regularly moving to the area to take advantage of the affordable housing. Rent prices are 30% lower in San Antonio than in our neighboring city Austin.
The climate is just as you would expect in a Central Texas town. It gets hot during the summer months, but the spring, fall, and winter are truly beautiful. Outdoor activities and dining in San Antonio’s restaurants and those along the Riverwalk are a favorite for residents and tourists alike. Over the last 10 years, the city has extended the downtown portion of this Riverwalk several miles to the north and south, and this investment has propelled multiple developments across the way.
The Alamo City is home to not one, but to four military installs which makes military retirees feel at ease and comfortable here. In fact, the active military presence here has helped us become “Military City, USA.”
Being a historical city, you could only imagine the kind of art community that is exists here. San Antonio is home to the very first museum of Modern Art in Texas – the McNay. Whether you’re interested in live music, theater, or outdoor concerts, there is consistently something being offered throughout the entire community.
Whether you are looking for a place to call home temporarily, or a place to relax after exiting the job force, San Antonio is a welcoming city for every age group.
Live here. Grow here. Stay here.