These Are The 10 Best San Antonio Suburbs


We analyzed over 22 places around San Antonio to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of San Antonio are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around San Antonio:

  1. Olmos Park
  2. Terrell Hills (Photos)
  3. Alamo Heights (Photos)
  4. Castle Hills
  5. Fair Oaks Ranch (Photos)
  6. Shavano Park
  7. Garden Ridge
  8. Cibolo (Photos)
  9. Hollywood Park
  10. Helotes (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Olmos Park, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 San Antonio ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around San Antonio

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around San Antonio was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the San Antonio, Tx Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 22 suburbs to evaluate around San Antonio.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 22 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near San Antonio.” We’re lookin’ at you, Olmos Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Olmos Park


Population 2014: 2,023
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Median Home Price: $631,800
Median Income: $111,359

2. Terrell Hills

Terrell Hills, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,037
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Median Home Price: $469,300
Median Income: $127,589

3. Alamo Heights

Alamo Heights, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,397
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Median Home Price: $459,700
Median Income: $110,086

4. Castle Hills

Castle Hills, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 4,247
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $248,900
Median Income: $88,088

5. Fair Oaks Ranch

Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,534
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $384,200
Median Income: $132,855

6. Shavano Park


Population 2014: 3,234
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $570,700
Median Income: $151,779

7. Garden Ridge


Population 2014: 3,514
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $413,500
Median Income: $134,309

8. Cibolo

Cibolo, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,744
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Median Home Price: $196,000
Median Income: $87,613

9. Hollywood Park

Hollywood Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,179
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $279,600
Median Income: $87,857

10. Helotes

Helotes, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,880
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $241,100
Median Income: $114,470

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like San Antonio, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around San Antonio

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Olmos Park 1 2,023 2.6% $631,800 $111,359
Terrell Hills 2 5,037 0.8% $469,300 $127,589
Alamo Heights 3 7,397 6.6% $459,700 $110,086
Castle Hills 4 4,247 2.7% $248,900 $88,088
Fair Oaks Ranch 5 6,534 4.1% $384,200 $132,855
Shavano Park 6 3,234 3.5% $570,700 $151,779
Garden Ridge 7 3,514 5.1% $413,500 $134,309
Cibolo 8 22,744 4.8% $196,000 $87,613
Hollywood Park 9 3,179 5.5% $279,600 $87,857
Helotes 10 7,880 3.2% $241,100 $114,470
Selma 11 7,046 4.6% $166,000 $75,949
Schertz 12 35,093 7.0% $168,300 $72,463
Universal City 13 19,164 4.9% $144,300 $60,934
Leon Valley 14 10,658 4.7% $142,400 $60,040
Windcrest 15 5,562 14.1% $164,600 $75,129
Bulverde 16 4,706 9.1% $228,900 $76,886
Live Oak 17 14,213 6.6% $121,200 $59,286
Converse 18 19,738 5.8% $128,400 $62,627
New Braunfels 19 61,712 6.1% $167,400 $59,083
San Antonio 20 1,385,438 8.4% $114,600 $46,317
Kirby 21 8,221 8.5% $82,500 $48,545
Balcones Heights 22 2,825 9.3% $95,000 $29,824

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