San Antonio, Texas, the seat of Bexar County. It lies in south-central Texas on gently rolling plains, some 600 to 800 feet (180 to 240 m) above sea level. The San Antonio River originates within the city; along its banks are many parks and historic sites.

San Antonio's business district is centrally located and is the hub of the spokelike pattern of main avenues The downtown skyline is dominated by the 750-foot (229-m) Tower of the Americas built for HemisFair '68, an international exposition held in 1968. The city surrounds Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and several other independent communities.

Facts in brief about San Antonio
Population: City--1,144,646. Metropolitan statistical area—1,711,703.
Area: City--437 mi2 (1,132 km2). Metropolitan statistical area—7,340 mi2 (19,011 km2).
Altitude: 701 ft (214 m) above sea level.
Climate: Average temperature--January, 50 °F (10 °C); July, 84 °F (29 °C). Average annual precipitation (rainfall and other forms of moisture)—33 in (84 cm).
Government: Council-manager. Terms--2 years for the 10 council members and the mayor; manager appointed.
Founded: 1718. Incorporated as a city in 1837.