Moving to San Antonio
San Antonio became the everlasting emblem of Texas independence in 1836 when 187 Americans, including Davy Crockett and James Bowie, gave their lives defending a place now simply remembered as The Alamo. While other cities in Texas look to tomorrow to shape their characters, San Antonio’s charm comes in no small part to how it commemorates its past. Moving to San Antonio? Read the following tips for a memorable move to Alamo City.
What Should I Know Before Moving to San Antonio?
Temperatures can top 100 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August, so try to avoid moving during these uncomfortable months.
Because San Antonio can get a lot of rain, especially during late spring and early summer, it’s advisable to bring a tarp to cover any moving boxes or furniture you might have to leave outside.
If you’re looking for storage, check to see it’s properly ventilated, without any signs of mold.
Traffic can be very busy here, especially during the morning and evening commute. Try to avoid driving your moving truck during these times.
San Antonio doesn’t require any moving permits, but parking restrictions may apply. Call the city ahead of time to find out.
If you’re considering moving to San Antonio’s suburbs, talk to some locals to honestly evaluate your commute time to work.
If you’re moving in April, be careful not to plan your moving date during the annual Fiesta, the 10-day festival that commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto and the Battle of the Alamo.
There are a number of other festivals throughout the year that draw thousands of visitors, so be sure to check the city calendar before planning your move so you don’t get stuck in the crowd.
To receive your mail at your new address without any delay, remember to change your address online with USPS before moving to San Antonio.
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You’ll have a wide variety of neighborhoods and suburbs to choose from when moving to San Antonio. There’s Downtown, with the bustling Business and Historic Civic Districts; King William Historic District with its beautiful old buildings; and upscale Monte Vista and Alamo Heights. Conveniently located neighborhoods include Five Points, close to Downtown; Prospect Hill, close to Lackland Air Force Base; and Oak Hills, with the Medical Center District and universities nearby. You can also consider Castle Hill, a great place for families and retirees, as well as New Braunfels and Helotes, two nearby suburbs many commuters call home.
When moving to San Antonio, you’ll see the city has an extensive network of roads, as well as one of the best maintained and most affordable public transportation systems in the country.
- Bicycle paths: There are 136 miles of bicycle paths, and the city operates a bike-sharing city that’s available to both visitors and residents.
- Roads: The city is served by a number of Interstate, US and State routes, as well as State Loops that form beltways around the city and provide access to all neighborhoods.
- Rail: If you’re moving to San Antonio, it’s useful to know that Amtrak provides daily passenger service from and to Chicago, and three times a week to and from Orlando, Florida. There are plans for the LSTAR, which would link San Antonio to Austin.
- Public transportation: An extensive bus system is maintained by VIA Metropolitan Transit, which serves the city and suburbs, as well as park and ride locations and scheduled events and attractions. You can purchase an unlimited Big Pass for $30 a month. There are plans to add a Bus Rapid Transit line.
- Airports: There are two airports: San Antonio International Airport and Stinson Municipal Airport.
The unemployment rate in San Antonio is seven percent, which is lower than the US average. In addition, increasingly more San Antonio jobs are being created. The most important economic sectors here include government and military, finance, healthcare, education and tourism, but of course there are also numerous San Antonio jobs in supporting sectors such as retail and transportation.
If you’re moving to San Antonio, hunt down the local media outlets so you can stay informed of breaking local news and find out what else the city has to offer. Here’s a list of some of the most widely read print publications in San Antonio, and a roundup of the local TV channels.
San Antonio Express-News
The third most widely read newspaper in the state of Texas, the San Antonio Express-News is the principle news source for San Antonians, covering everything from local to world news, sports, business, jobs, arts and entertainment. Founded in 1865, today the San Antonio Express-News is published seven days a week and read by nearly 140,000 residents daily, with its Sunday edition reaching over 340,000.
San Antonio Southside Reporter
Reaching nearly 80,000 readers per edition, the San Antonio Southside Reporter is published each Thursday and covers a variety of topics. Local news, sports, business and coverage of community events are all regular stapes of the newspaper, as are its reviews on local restaurants, nightclubs and theater.
La Prensa de San Antonio
La Prensa de San Antonio (which translates loosely to “the San Antonio press”) isn’t only the city’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, it’s also the city’s only bilingual newspaper. Reaching a circulation of over 70,000, the newspaper is published twice per week on Wednesday and Sunday. La Presna de San Antonio runs local and international news stories of interest to the Latino community of San Antonio, in addition to regular coverage of politics, sports, entertainment and community calendar information. The newspaper is affiliated with La Presna Foundation, which provides college scholarships to local students experiencing financial hardships.
San Antonio Current
The city’s most widely circulated and read city guide, the San Antonio Current has been in publication since 1986. Covering not only the local music, art, theater, dining and nightlife scene, the Current also regularly offers alternative political analysis and focuses primarily on news stories otherwise ignored by local and state mainstream media. Published once per week every Wednesday, the Current can be found free of charge at newsstands and bookstores throughout San Antonio.
Local TV and News Channels
You can catch local news coverage in San Antonio and world news reports by tuning into these local channels.
- KABB TV 29 (Fox affiliate)
- KENS TV 5 (CBS affiliate)
- KLRN TV 9 (PBS affiliate)
- KSAT TV 12 (ABC affiliate)
- WOAI TV 4 (NBC affiliate)
- KWEX TV 41 (Spanish-language Univision affiliate)
You’ll enjoy some diverse but generally warm weather after moving to San Antonio. Its proximity to the western border of Texas’ prevailing humid-subtropical climate brings alternately dry and humid winds to the city. In July and August, the warmest months, the daytime temperature is around 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and late spring and early summer bring large amounts of rain. The coolest months are December and January, with average temperatures of around 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Moving to San Antonio is a good choice for those who can’t tolerate cold and snow, as there are rarely very low temperatures and snowfall hardly ever occurs.
If you’re moving to Alamo City with your family, it’s important to realize that San Antonio spends approximately $650 less per student on public education than the US average, which might offer an explanation for the city’s slightly lower public school ratings. There is, however, quality education to be found at all levels.
- Elementary Schools: Three top-rated elementary schools are AUA Elementary School, Blattman Elementary School and Encino Park Elementary School.
- High Schools: Health Careers High School, Alamo Heights High School and Travis Early College High School are some of the top-rated high schools.
- Higher Education: College students can attend a number of public and private higher educational institutions, including the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University–San Antonio, Trinity University and St. Mary’s University. The Alamo Community College District also has four campuses in the city.
- Military: In addition, the US Air Force Basic Military Training facility is located in San Antonio at Lackland Air Force Base, and the US Military Medical Training facility, the world’s largest medical educational center in the world, is located here at Fort Sam Houston.
If you have questions about moving to San Antonio, go to the city’s official website or call the general information number at (210) 207-6400.
- San Antonio doesn’t have any toll roads or bridges.
- After moving to San Antonio, you can register to vote by sending in a voter registration application to the Bexar County Voter Registration Office. In order to vote in an upcoming election, the application must be postmarked 30 days before election day.
- The City of San Antonio manages trash pickup and curbside recycling.
- You must apply for a Texas driver’s license at your local office of the Texas Department of Public Safety within 90 days of moving to San Antonio. It costs $25 for a six-year license.
- Unless you already paid sales tax or excise tax on your vehicle in another state, you’ll be charged a 6.25 percent or a $90 new resident sales tax by the state of Texas.
- You’re required to register your vehicle at your local Bexar County Tax Office within 30 days of moving to San Antonio. It costs $64.25 for a passenger vehicle registration, $33 to transfer a title and there are not costs for registering a lien.