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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 12:50 AM
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Smile S.A. again census standout

It's amazing how quick the peeps from Austin are quick to post articles about SA but when it comes to our economy or rapid growth nothing said.....

Anyways, here's an article from today's Express News-

San Antonio, the nation's seventh-largest city and home to more than 1.3 million inhabitants, just made another Census Bureau top ten list.

The census' newest population estimates show the Alamo City added more people than all but four other U.S. cities, growing by almost 26,000 residents, or about 1.9 percent, from July 2007 to July 2008.

San Antonio came in right under New York, Phoenix, Houston and Los Angeles, respectively, and just ahead of Fort Worth, New Orleans, Chicago, Austin and San Diego.

Mayor Julián Castro called the spurt impressive, presenting both great opportunities and significant challenges.

“We welcome the value that new San Antonians mean to the community with their diverse talents, purchasing power and what it does to the tax base,” Castro said. “It also means we have more work to do.”

He was referring, he said, to “all those things a growing population requires,” including additional police and fire protection as well as infrastructure and maintenance.

New Orleans, whose population was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, grew by more than 23,000 people. But it led the nation in percentage of growth, with 8.2 percent, on that list. Round Rock, north of Austin, came in second at 8.16 percent, along with three other Texas cities.

Texas' state demographer, Karl Eschbach, found no surprises in the new data. San Antonio remains “one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.”

What is different is that Americans, once moving to suburbs, are staying put. An Associated Press story blamed it on the recession, “making it harder for people to move.”

But Eschbach sees other issues at play in San Antonio, including “fast job growth compared to the rest of the nation.”

Eschbach stressed that the newest population estimates reflect a period that “preceded the economic crisis, which was more felt (in San Antonio) in November, December of last year.”

Job growth has slowed since then, according to Texas Workforce Commission data.

“Texas was the last place creating actual jobs,” Eschbach said. “From my perspective, we can expect to see slowdowns going into the next cycle,” or in next July's census report.

San Antonio's wide-open spaces — or what one developer called its “360-degree growth potential” — and room within its boundaries also played a role in the gain, Eschbach added. “Texas cities are physically bigger. They have more room to grow and develop,” he said. “Cities elsewhere in the country have little room to put new development.”

Then there's the issue of what Eschbach calls “a pro-growth consensus” in cities such as San Antonio, which may not impose as many regulations on developers as in other parts of the country. The demographer said that's a formula for both affordable housing and rapid growth.

It's a point on which developers beg to differ. “San Antonio does what it needs to do to protect and ensure good, manageable growth,” said Phil Crane, a commercial real estate broker with Providence Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. But it has “a pro-business attitude, and I think that's an important distinction.”

Eschbach agreed with Castro that the growing population creates more demand for services.

“What you have to think about when growing rapidly are the consequences of growth,” Eschbach said, including maintaining transportation infrastructure, easing road congestion and sustaining the water supply.
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 1:05 AM
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It's amazing how quick the peeps from Austin are quick to post articles about SA but when it comes to our economy or rapid growth nothing said.....
Maybe I've been missing all the posts by Austinites posting negative things about San Antonio.

That being said, maybe we're not posting about San Antonio's economy or rapid growth because we're posting about our own economy and rapid growth.
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 3:20 AM
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I think it's awesome that we are growing so much, but I can just hear all of the complaints about the infrastructure already. We are growing too fast to keep up with it in some areas, *cough* 281 *cough*. t4p
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 3:22 AM
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Maybe I've been missing all the posts by Austinites posting negative things about San Antonio.

That being said, maybe we're not posting about San Antonio's economy or rapid growth because we're posting about our own economy and rapid growth.
I agree....Haven't seen this!

Anyways congrats to San Antonio for the continued growth
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 2:33 PM
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I don't know what you're getting at either SKW, unless you're just keen to further SA's notorious inferiority complex.


Growth by city in San Antonio and surrounding areas:

City..............................................2000, 2007, 2008
Alamo Heights..............................................7319, 7240, 7353
Balcones Heights..........................................3016, 2967, 2984
Bandera.......................................................957, 1208, 1217
Boerne.......................................................6178, 9381, 10283
Bulverde.....................................................3761, 4559, 4651
Castle Hills..................................................4202, 4165, 4205
Castroville...................................................2664, 3022, 3059
Charlotte....................................................1637, 1783, 1788
China Grove................................................1247, 1286, 1303
Cibolo........................................................3035, 12347, 14555
Converse..................................................11508, 15465, 17510
Devine.......................................................4140, 4465, 4545
Elmendorf.....................................................664, 1315, 1365
Fair Oaks Ranch...........................................4695, 6130, 6367
Floresville...................................................5868, 7360, 7639
Fredericksburg.............................................8911, 10799, 11098
Garden Ridge...............................................1882, 2944, 3205
Grey Forest...................................................418, 438, 442
Helotes.......................................................4285, 7578, 7831
Hill Country Village........................................1028, 1097, 1114
Hollywood Park.............................................2983, 3276, 3307
Hondo.........................................................7897, 8906, 8992
Jourdanton..................................................3732, 4293, 4315
Kerrville.....................................................20425, 22551, 22821
Kirby...........................................................8673, 8556, 8606
LaCoste.......................................................1255, 1392, 1407
Leon Valley..................................................9239, 10016, 10269
Live Oak......................................................9156, 12431, 13142
Lytle...........................................................2383, 2735, 2818
Marion.........................................................1099, 1139, 1152
Natalia........................................................1663, 1850, 1870
New Berlin......................................................467, 554, 563
New Braunfels.............................................36494, 51600, 53547
Olmos Park....................................................2343, 2300, 2312
Pearsall........................................................7157, 7619, 7663
Pleasanton....................................................8266, 9561, 9681
Poteet..........................................................3305, 3614, 3640
Poth............................................................1850, 2268, 2356
St. Hedwig....................................................1875, 2066, 2107
San Antonio.............................................1144646, 1325660, 1351305
Santa Clara....................................................889, 909, 924
Schertz......................................................18694, 29393, 30669
Seguin.......................................................22011, 25909, 26394
Selma...........................................................788, 3977, 4632
Shavano Park...............................................1754, 3137, 3225
Somerset.....................................................1550, 1820, 1840
Terrell Hills...................................................5019, 5160, 5241
Universal City.............................................14849, 17912, 18376
Uvalde......................................................14929, 16151, 16142
Windcrest...................................................5105, 5236, 5357

County Populations
Atascosa...................................................38628, 43477, 43877
Bandera.....................................................17645, 20112, 20303
Bexar.....................................................1392931, 1590146, 1622899
Comal........................................................78021, 104751, 109635
Frio...........................................................16252, 16078, 16163
Gillespie......................................................20814, 23381, 23782
Guadalupe..................................................89023, 112365, 117172
Kendall.......................................................23743, 31171, 32886
Kerr...........................................................43653, 47665, 48269
Medina.......................................................39304, 43753, 44275
Wilson........................................................32408, 39146, 40398


Looking at the growth in areas like Alamo Hts, Terrell Hills, Leon Valley, Castle Hills and Windcrest (some of which were losing population at times during this decade) can we conclude that areas within and near 410 are starting to become more popular??

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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 5:46 PM
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I'm willing to bet that all of those towns on the northeast and northwest sides are much larger in population than what the Census' Housing Estimate claims they are. Especially Schertz, Helotes and Converse.
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^I've often wondered about the small towns surrounded by SA's city limits; since they all use "San Antonio" as their address, are they being undercounted?
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Old Posted Jul 2, 2009, 7:32 PM
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Most likely they are, the Census uses the housing estimate which usually grossly undercounts both minorities and poor as well as people who live in unincorporated areas. That's why in 2003 San Antonio City was undercounted by almost 50k people which still hasn't been corrected. If the city was that undercounted, I can't even imagine how many people were not included that live in "metro" San Antonio.
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