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Best Cities 2010: San Antonio, TX

City: San Antonio

State: Texas

Best Cities Overall Rank: 33

About San Antonio: San Antonio is the home of Texan Tejano culture.

San Antonio enjoys a healthy economy, with an unemployment rank of 87 and best jobs rank of 94.

County: Bexar

Population: 135,1305

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio blogs: My San Antonio, On the Upside, Sardines on a Can 

San Antonio's Facebook page: Follow San Antonio on Facebook 

San Antonio's Twitter page: Follow San Antonio on Twitter 

 

Education rank: 64

High School graduation rate 2008: 59.1%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 12

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.89

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 27

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.99

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.19

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,660

 

Health rank: 68

Quality children's hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.15

Quality Pediatricians: 5

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.37

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33

 

Safety rank: 28

Violent Crimes, 2008: 9699

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 717.75

Sex Offenders: 1387

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 102.64

 

Economy rank: 32

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23.8 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 7.7      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 386.93

Median Home List Price: $147,900                        

 

Recreation Rank: 46

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 18,785       

Parkland per 100,000: 1390.14

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