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San Antonio’s Economy: What Makes San Antonio Tick?

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San Antonio, like any other city in the US, is home to a unique culture, which also breeds its very own economic structure.  The home to five Fortune 500 company headquarters, San Antonio is also a hotbed of cultural food, NBA basketball, and tourism.  The healthcare industry is also big, boasting one of the biggest medical conglomerates in the region; this also includes a big rising popularity of San Antonio Orthodontics.

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It’s All about the Food

It is no secret that if you’re going to Texas, you’ll have Tex-Mex food available to you at just about every intersection. The fact is no different when you head to San Antonio, but that’s not to say you do not have options once you reach the city limits.  Popular food shows Man vs. Food (host Adam Richman)and Diners, Drive-ins (host Guy Fieri), and Dives have both shot on location in the Alamo City and have highlighted everything from the Texas size cinnamon rolls of Lulu’s Bakery to the award winning pizza offerings at Big Lou’s. Everything is bigger in Texas so keep that in mind when ordering food!  For a quick trip, be sure to head to the River Walk; the downtown area hosts a number of restaurants and stores that can make for a nice day or night stroll.

The San Antonio Spurs

When your city has one of the most consistent basketball teams in the past quarter century, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it will be a huge draw for both locals and tourists alike.  Since 1999, the Spurs have been crowned NBA Champions four times, and with future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan (number 21) still playing at an All-Star level, it’s quite possible they’ll sneak in another one before he hangs up his sneakers and jersey.  As the only major sports team in the San Antonio area, a lack of competition allows it to be the undisputed sports king of the area.

Remember the Alamo

Just a short distance away, the Alamo and other historical buildings attract tourists all year round.  The site of the famous Battle of the Alamo, this former mission hosted a great loss of the Texans at the hands of the General Santa Anna and the Mexican army during the Mexican-American War in 1836.  This historical artifact has been restored over the years and, as of 2002, attracts roughly 4 million tourists a year.

The Healthcare Field

San Antonio happens to employ a large amount of people in the healthcare field, thanks in large part to the South Texas Medical Center.  STMC is home to a conglomerate of medical facilities and is the location of the Southwest Research Institute.  Outside of STMC, there are various hospitals within the city limits and a number of dentistry facilities.  In fact, San Antonio orthodontics is rising in popularity.

San Antonio is a host to many different types of businesses and adventures.  To truly appreciate what the River City has to offer, you’ll need to experience it for yourself.

Ashely is a part of a team of writers who have contributed to tons of travel blogs and news sites. Follow her @AshelyMarie1985 to see what else she has to say!

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