San Antonio Population 2017
San Antonio is the 7th most populous city in the US and the 2nd most populous in Texas. It was also one of the fastest growing large cities in the country in the past ten years.
San Antonio's 2013 estimated population is 1.39 million, up from an estimated 1.382 million in 2012. This breaks down to about 3,000 people per square mile (1,147/square kilometer). The San Antonio metropolitan area, meanwhile, is home to 2.195 million people, making it the 24th largest metro area in the United States.
Many of the fastest-growing large cities in the United States are located in Texas, and San Antonio added more than 25,000 new residents in 2012 alone. From 2011 to 2012, San Antonio experienced a 1.87% jump in population.
San Antonio Demographics
According to the 2010 Census, the racial breakdown of San Antonio was:
- White: 72.6% (non-Hispanic: 26.6%)
- Black: 6.9%
- Native American: 0.9%
- Asian: 2.4%
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1%
- Two or more races: 3.4%
- Other races: 13.7%
- Hispanic or Latino of any race: 63.2%
San Antonio History
The San Antonio River Valley was originally inhabited by the Payaya Indians. A group of Spanish missionaries and explorers discovered the area on 1691 on June 13, the feast day of St. Anthony, and named the river and site "San Antonio" in his honor.
The early San Antonio settlement, as well as San Antonio de Valero Mission (now the Alamo) began as a way to reassert Spain's dominance over Texas from the French in Louisiana. The Alamo and nearby sites were constructed with the help of the Payaya Indians. In 1719, 400 families were transported from the Canary Islands, Havana and Galicia to populate the new province. By 1730, 25 families had made it to Cuba and 10 were sent to Veracruz on the way to San Antonio.
Over some time, the city became the largest Spanish settlement in the state and it was the site of the famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836, in which outnumbered Texian forces were defeated and the Alamo defenders were killed.
The decision to annex Texas and allow it to become a part of the Union in 1845 led to the Mexican-American War, which reduced San Antonio's population by 2/3 to just 800 people, although it grew to 15,000 by the time the Civil War began in 1860.
Since 1970, San Antonio's population has almost doubled from 650,000 to more than 1.2 million in 2005. This was caused by both population growth and land annexation.
San Antonio Population Growth
In 2012, San Antonio experienced growth of 1.87%, but this growth grew to 2% in 2013. The job growth rate is also at 2% while unemployment is going down. This means the San Antonio metropolitan area can continue to see healthy growth in the years to come.
While the influx of people from other countries and other parts of the country is definitely adding to San Antonio's growth, the city is also experiencing healthy natural growth with a high birth rate and a low death rate.
With Texas as a whole experiencing such a population boom, it may be the most populous state, surpassing California, by 2030. While it won't surpass Dallas any time soon, San Antonio's growth will definitely allow it to maintain its spot as the second most populous city in Texas for the time being.