San Antonio is a highly populated city in the state of Texas; in fact, it is the seventh most populated city in the entire country, and the second most populated in its state. San Antonio sits in the southern central section of Texas, contributing to a region known as the Texas Triangle. The Texas Triangle is considered a “megaregion,” an area that is greater in scale than typically defined as a metropolitan statistical area. The other cities in the Texas Triangle are Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin. San Antonio is the county seat of Bexar, and the center of the San Antonio – New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. San Antonio has a humid climate, similar to many other cities in Texas. Expect hot summers, rain-kissed springs, and mild winters, though there are a handful of subfreezing nights each year. The area is one of the more flood-prone cities in the nation. In 1998, San Antonio was highly affected by the infamous Central Texas floods. The disaster resulted in $750 million of destruction and 32 deaths. San Antonio also experiences the occasional tornado, though the natural disaster usually hits about 50 miles outside of the city.
San Antonio is known for many different aspects. The city is home to the Alamo, the Roman Catholic mission and fortress that was site to the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. The city is also home to the famous River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, Marriage Island, SeaWorld, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. San Antonio is also the proud home base for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, as well as a few other minor and major league sports teams.
San Antonio is governed by a council – manager system. The city is split into ten different council districts to control population distribution. Each of the ten districts elect a person to represent their city council, though the mayor is elected city-wide. Each city council member and mayor are elected to two-year terms with a limit of four terms. San Antonio also elects an overall city manager to handle daily operations. In July 2014, Ivy R. Taylor was elected by the city council to be mayor after Julian Castro became the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Barack Obama’s current administration. Taylor is the first African-American woman to hold her position in San Antonio.
Because of its size, San Antonio is represented in multiple national congressional districts in Congress. In the Senate, San Antonio is currently represented by Republican Ted Cruz, Republican John Cornyn, and by five different men in the House of Representatives. Texas’ state governor is Republican Rick Perry, Texas’ longest running governor.