Discover the San Antonio Metro Area

Alamo Heights (pop. 8,593) an incorporated municipality within the city of San Antonio, it’s located five miles north east of San Antonio center, a “straight shot” up Broadway where one will find a dynamic city with shopping availability satisfying most everyone’s needs. And, in fact, the headwaters of the San Antonio River are located in San Antonio.

In 1836, the area known as Alamo Heights was included as public land in the original survey of San Antonio, but in 1837 a city ordinance provided for the sale of public lands to secure funds for city improvements.

The school district, a leader in education, includes in its boundaries, Olmos Park and Terrell Hills. 

Balcones Heights (pop. 2,933) sitting just six miles from downtown San Antonio, was developed in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1970. It sits at the I-10 / Loop 410 interchange and incudes the Crossroads Mall and TexSAn Heart Hospital within its boundaries.

Boerne (pop 16,056) is a town with an eye on the future and a memory of its past. Happen down the Hauptstrasse, or main street, and it is easy to see why German immigrants settled here more than 150 years ago. Home to many attractive antique shops, enticing cafes and charming historic structures built of white limestone, Boerne’s residents are interested in preserving the charm and traditions of their community’s proud past.

With a thriving business district, Boerne is a popular spot for visitors. However, many choose to build both a career and a home here where fine schools are a draw to its peaceful way of life.

Hike and bike trails along the Guadalupe River and Cibolo Creek are popular places for nature and sports enthusiasts while Guadalupe River State Park is a perfect spot for rafting, long hikes or a picnic.

Arts and culture associated with special events and festivals abound. These include the Kendall County Fair, the Boerne Area Artist Association Fall Colorfest Show, the Weilnacts Fest Parade and Lighting Ceremony in December, and the Berges Fest (or Festival of the Hills) every Father’s Day weekend.

Bulverde (pop 4,780) was founded in 1850 and sits 21 miles north of downtown San Antonio, on U.S. Hwy. 281. First called Pieper Settlement, it took its present name in 1880 from the post office that bore the name of Luciano Bulverdo, an early landowner. The area was once home to many American Indian tribes, including the Lipan, Tonkawa, Karankawa, and Waco tribes. Arrowheads can still be found in the hills surrounding the area.

Castle Hills (pop 4,460) straddles NW Loop 410, a 2 ½ square mile city, incorporated in 1951. First populated by GIs returning from WW II, it’s residents wanted to maintain the slow pace and beauty of an unhurried time, a city removed from the approaches of its large neighbor to the south, San Antonio, which today surrounds it. In fact, a majority of the 1,550 or so homes still standing today were built in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Children attend North East Independent School District schools.

Castroville (pop 3,028) in the late 1800s had architecture and style distinctly European, with ground floors of stone and second floors, vertically placed timbers. St. Louis Church, organized in1847, became one of the first ten parishes in Texas.

The city is home to the Medina Valley Independent School District and has a main industry of agriculture with maize, oats, wheat, vegetables, and hay the main crops.

China Grove (pop 1,311), a picturesque community sits on U.S. Hwy 87 nine miles east of downtown San Antonio. It was settled in 1900 and incorporated in the 1960s.

Cibolo (pop 29,249) is located in Guadalupe County, separated from Bexar County by Cibolo Creek. It takes its name from the Spanish word for buffalo.

A post office called Cibolo opened in 1883 along the right-of-way of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway. In 1904, the only Cibolo Valley school had one teacher and 31 students. Today, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City School District has 15,653 students.

Incorporated in 1968 with a population of 398, the city owes its growth to Randolph Air Force Base and its proximity to San Antonio.

Converse (pop 23,375) ‘s post office was established in the area in 1878. Today, owing largely to its proximity to San Antonio, thirteen miles to the southwest, its population has swelled.

Elmendorf (pop 1,525), located seventeen miles southeast of San Antonio, was established in 1885, named for Henry Elmendorf, a former mayor of San Antonio.

Fair Oaks Ranch (9,091), seven miles southeast of Boerne in Bexar, Kendall and Comal Counties is adjacent to Camp Bullis. It was incorporated in 1988 and derives its name from Ralph E. Fair, Sr., a noted oilman who established a ranch in the area. After his and his wife’s deaths in the 1960s, sections of the ranch were opened for development.

Floresville (pop 7,572), the county seat of Wilson County, is thirty miles southeast of San Antonio along Hwy. 181. Settled by Canary Islander Don Francisco Flores de Abrego, the city was incorporated in 1890.

Supported by cotton and livestock related industries in its earliest days, the city today serves a market for the area’s peanut crop, small grains and cattle.

Youngsters in the area attend the Floresville Independent School District schools.

Garden Ridge (pop 3,951) sits on I-35, twelve miles southeast of New Braunfels. It incorporated in 1972, the first new town in Comal County in 127 years.

Grey Forest (pop 540) is a small community situated on Scenic Loop Road, eighteen miles northwest of San Antonio between I-10 and Hwy. 16.

Helotes (pop 9,169) is on SH 16, approximately sixteen miles northwest of downtown San Antonio. It was incorporated in the 1980s.

Mexicans, who intermarried with Apache Indians camping in the area, first settled the city around 1856. A man named Chaca may have been responsible for the city’s name, which in Spanish means “green roasting ear of corn.” The crop was the city’s staple through wet and drought.

A post office opened in 1873 and by 1914, many residents had moved from San Antonio because of the somewhat higher elevation and cooler summer temperatures.

Hill Country Village (pop 1,084) twelve miles north of San Antonio on U.S. Hwy 281, was founded in 1956 and is completely surrounded by the Town of Hollywood Park and San Antonio.

Hollywood Park (pop 3,365) was incorporated in 1955 and exalts in its country living, just twelve miles from downtown San Antonio.

Kirby (pop 8,705) situated eight miles northeast of downtown San Antonio, is on FM 78. It owes much of its existence to becoming a station on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway in 1877. The city was served by a post office in the early 1900s, but eventually that was closed and moved to Converse.

In the mid-60s, Kirby incorporated, owing its economic growth to its closeness to San Antonio. Since then, the population swelled.

La Vernia (pop 1,401) was first settled in the early 1850s when a railroad, the San Antonio and Gulf, arrived along with a post office opening under the name Post Oak. The town took its present name in 1859.

The community incorporated in 1980. A farming community today, La Vernia supports a multitude of business, four churches and a bank.

La Vernia Independent School District, drawing from unincorporated areas of Wilson County has 3,361 students.

Leon Valley (pop 11,426), on SH 16, just ten miles northwest of San Antonio, was incorporated in 1960.

Live Oak (15,820)’s rich beginnings were born with the farmers and ranchers who settled and raised families in the area. It was incorporated in 1960, resting in rolling hills at the IH-35 and Loop 1604 interchange, just twenty minutes northeast of downtown San Antonio.

The city is perhaps best known for its beautiful 87-acre park, which has ballparks and playgrounds for families to enjoy, as well as a 27-hole disc golf course, a picnic area with covered pavilions, and a small lake for fishing. Live Oak also boasts the 35,000 square foot Live Oak Civic Center.

Housed within its borders is Judson Independent School District with 23,108 students enrolled.

Marion (pop 1,187), a charming rural community, lies about ten miles northwest of Seguin. Carefully planned and built as a major railroad stop on the way to San Antonio by Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad’s Thomas W. Pierce, the city was incorporated in 1933.

Cotton, maize and milo were exported from this area, and the community grew and thrived from such enterprise. Today, many of the residents are in agriculture, with milo and maize the chief crops.

The Marion Independent School District serves 449 students.

New Braunfels (79,152) is a bustling city and best of all, a river runs through it! Actually two rivers.

Founded in 1845 by Prince Carl Solms of Braunfels, Germany, the Comal River and the Guadalupe River bring thousands of tourists to the city  for tubing and water park recreation each year, but the businesses that surround the tourist industry remind us that the beautiful rivers are not all that New Braunfels has to offer.

Blessed with an abundance of arts and cultural organizations, the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council is a coalition of art groups, including the Children’s Museum, Circle Arts Theatre, Comal Community Band, and the Mid-Tex Symphony.

The city’s housing market offers a variety of accommodations, from luxury condos on the Comal River and apartment communities, to single family houses.

Thirty-three denominations are represented in fifty-six churches in the city. The first, First Protestant Church, was established in 1845.

Comal Independent School district serves 23,000 school children spread over 589 square miles, while the New Braunfels Independent School District serves 9,126.

Olmos Park (pop 2,409), an upscale community situated at the intersection of Hildebrand and McCullough Avenues, just four miles north of San Antonio, incorporated in the 1940s.

St. Hedwig (pop 2,472) is located sixteen miles east of downtown San Antonio. The area was first settled in 1852 by John Demmer, a Silesian who was soon followed by four other Silesians. A post office opened in 1860 and in 1877, was named St. Hedwig for the duchess and patron saint of Silesia.

Just before 1900, in 1897, the mostly Polish and German population, primarily from Gross Strehlitz in Upper Silesia, numbered 200 families. St. Hedwig incorporated in 1970.

Schertz (pop 40,092) nineteen miles west of Seguin on I-35, was named for Sebastian Schertz, a merchant there in 1875. The city was incorporated in 1964 and boasts of the picturesque Schertz Parkway leading from I-35 into the city.

Children living in the city attend the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District.

Seguin (pop 28,983) residents live by the motto “ On the Road to Success” reminds those who move here that even with its charming small town style, the city is still very much a place on the move toward growth and change.

One of the oldest towns in Texas, it is steeped in history, built along the Old Spanish Trail used by early explorers, and along the Guadalupe River. Named for Col. Juan N. Seguin, this community was first developed by a group of Texas Rangers.

New industries arriving after World War II laid the groundwork for the companies of today, which make steel, electronic products, mowing equipment, and more, providing a solid industrial base for the city.

Just fifteen minutes from downtown rests the beautiful Lake McQueeney. Boating and fishing are popular on Lake Placid and Meadow Lake.

Children attend the Seguin Independent School District.

Selma (10,712) on I-35 where it crosses Cibolo Creek just sixteen miles northeast of San Antonio. Founded in the early 1850s, the area boasted of two general stores, two cotton gins, three blacksmiths, a saloon, a school, and a wagon maker and was incorporated in 1964.

Shavano Park (3,793) incorporated in 1956, twelve miles north of San Antonio. Established as a stop on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway, its general store was operated by A. DeZavala, the namesake of a main road in the area, who later went on to become postmaster when it opened in 1881. Now Shavano Park is an established community of good size and stylish houses.

Somerset (pop 1,859) is located off Loop 1604, fifteen miles from downtown San Antonio. Originally named for a settlement begun three miles south in Atascosa County, in 1848, the present site was named when First Townsite Company was formed in May 1909.

During the 1920s, farmers in the area turned from cotton to dryland fruit and vegetable farming. Along with oil and coal, the town prospered until the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Children living in the area attend the Somerset Independent School District.

Terrell Hills (pop 5,397), five miles northeast of San Antonio was named for Frederick Terrell and incorporated in 1939. San Antonio annexed it in 1943, but subsequently, a challenge to the annexation rescinded the order. Children in the area attend Alamo Heights schools.

Universal City (pop 20,532) is at the north gate of Randolph Air Force Base where most of its’ residents work. Its’ main street, Pat Booker Road, took its name from Capt. Francis O. Booker, an Air Force pilot, who served at Randolph. Children attend Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District.

Windcrest (pop 5,866) on I-35, is ten miles northeast of San Antonio, a city that surrounds it. It incorporated in 1959 and has been famous for years for the colorful lights its residents decorated their homes with during the Christmas holiday season.

City reports based on information from Handbook of Texas Online.   

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