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Bexar County

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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

1,817,610
6.0
1,256.1
1,239.8
400–1,896
32.27
40.7
94.6
828,185
5.5
$8,276,910,700
$38,398
$114,700,600,900
$29,792,063,098

map of Bexar County
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Physical Features: On edge of Balcones Escarpment, Coastal Plain; heavy black to thin limestone soils; spring-fed streams; underground water; mesquite, other brush; Braunig Lake, Calaveras Lake.

Economy: Medical/biomedical  research and services; government center with large federal payroll, military bases; tourism; education center.

locator map for Bexar County

History: Coahuiltecan Indian area; also Lipan Apaches and Tonkawas present. Mission San Antonio de Valero (Alamo) founded in 1718. Canary Islanders arrived in 1731. Anglo-American settlers began arriving in the late 1820s. County created in 1836 from Spanish municipality named to honor the duke of Bexar; a colonial capital of Texas.

 Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 29.8; Black, 8.1; Hispanic, 59.1; Asian, 2.7; Other, 3.5.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 25,819; deaths, 11,426; marriages, 12,377; divorces, 3,580.

Recreation: Historic sites include the Alamo, other missions, Casa Navarro, La Villita; River Walk, El Mercado (market), Tower of the Americas, Brackenridge Park, zoo, SeaWorld, HemisFair Park, Institute of Texan Cultures; museums, symphony orchestra; hunting, fishing; NBA Spurs; Fiesta in April, Folklife Festival in June.

Minerals: Gravel, sand, limestone.

Agriculture: Nursery crops, beef cattle, grain sorghum, hay, corn. Market value $72.4 million.

Education: Fourteen colleges including Our Lady of the Lake, St. Mary’s University, Texas A&M University–San Antonio, Trinity University, the University of Texas at San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO (1,393,875) county seat; Texas’ second largest city; healthcare/biosciences, government/services, manufacturing, tourism, information technology, aerospace, education, energy; Alamodome. Leon Springs is now part of San Antonio.

Other towns include: Alamo Heights (7,183); Balcones Heights (3,053); Castle Hills (4,149); China Grove (1,204); Converse (19,484); Elmendorf (1,557); Fair Oaks Ranch (6,280); Grey Forest (520) Helotes (7,763) government/services, retail trade, Cornyval Festival in May, Highland games in April, John T. Floore Country Store, Gugger Homestead; Hill Country Village (995); Hollywood Park (3,106).

Also, Kirby (8,186); Leon Valley (10,505); Live Oak (14,324); Macdona (598); Olmos Park (2,308); St. Hedwig (2,171); Selma (7,140, parts in Guadalupe and Comal counties); Shavano Park (3,177); Somerset (1,671); Terrell Hills (4,955); Universal City (19,476); Von Ormy (1,240); Windcrest (5,446).

Part [1,157] of Schertz (35,202). 

Lackland Air Force Base (10,651); Randolph Air Force Base (1,279).

Bexar pronunciation

 

River Walk in San Antonio
A section of the River Walk in San Antonio. Photo by Robert Plocheck.

 

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