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Relocation Guide: Moving to San Antonio and South Texas

Relocating to San Antonio? It’s best to plan ahead before you pack that van and hit the road. Here are some important things you should know before you move:

Moving
There are no moving permits required in San Antonio, but there may be parking restrictions in particular areas; best call the city in advance so you can plan around it. Traffic is very busy during the morning and evening commute, so avoid driving your moving truck during these times. Don’t 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, or on other festivals that draw thousands of visitors, or you’ll get stuck on the road; check the city calendar before planning your move.

Climate
San Antonio stays relatively warm much of the year, with both dry and humid winds. Try to avoid moving in the summer months as San Antonio temperatures can reach a rather uncomfortable 100 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August. During late spring and early summer, the city gets a lot of rain, so you should bring a tarp or any waterproof material to cover moving boxes or furniture that you might have to leave outside. The coolest months are December and January, with average temperatures of around 42 degrees Fahrenheit. Tired of snow? Then S.A. is the place for you.

Neighborhoods
San Antonio has many distinctive neighborhoods, from the King William Historic District to the Downtown area to the high-end Alamo Heights and Monte Vista communities. Other sought-after neighborhoods include Prospect Hill, which is just a few minutes from Lackland Air Force Base; Oak Hills,close to universities and the Medical Center District; Five Points, which is near Downtown; and more.

Cost of Living
San Antonio has long had one of the lowest costs of living among big cities in the country. In 2014, it was at 94.8, over 6 percent lower than the US average and significantly less than those of other metro areas of comparable size. The many energy-related businesses in the region help account for this. Real estate is generally affordable as well since there’s still a great deal of space here. With regards to workforce, as of 2014, the unemployment rate in San Antonio stands at 3.8 percent, significantly lower than the country’s5.4 percent. As for the city’s foremost industries, the fact that San Antonio is sometimes nicknamed “Military City USA” illustrates the big economic role that the federal government and the military play here. Other leading sectors include education, finance, healthcare, and tourism.

Education
Some of San Antonio’s outstanding schools include the following:

  • Elementary Schools – Blattman Elementary School, AUA Elementary School, Encino Park Elementary School
  • High Schools – Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Alamo Heights High School, Health Careers High School, Travis Early College High School
  • Higher Education – University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, St. Mary’s University
  • Military – US Military Medical Training facility at Fort Sam Houston, US Air Force Basic Military Training facility at Lackland Air Force Base