Best San Antonio Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 23 places around San Antonio to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best San Antonio suburbs.

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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...

What's the best suburb of San Antonio? Terrell Hills ranks as the best suburb of San Antonio for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Terrell Hills, 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best San Antonio Suburbs To Live For 2020

Terrell Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,330
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $175,913
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
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Terrell Hills is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the San Antonio area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Terrell Hills."

Everyone here is rich; families average $175,913 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the San Antonio region. And only 1.17% are out of work. Homes average more than $495,700 each.

Alamo Heights, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,193
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $132,313
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Alamo Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alamo Heights is the second best 'burb we looked at near San Antonio for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 3.19% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Hollywood Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,342
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $112,083
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
More on Hollywood Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Hollywood Park, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the San Antonio metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Hollywood Park.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,667
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $208,021
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Shavano Park: Real Estate | Data

Shavano Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of San Antonio for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Shavano Park and the schools are some of the best around.

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,857
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $125,806
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Fair Oaks Ranch.

Fair Oaks Ranch gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the San Antonio area, where houses sell for an average of $433,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Helotes, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,895
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $131,379
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Helotes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helotes is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.8% which is 20th best in the area.

According to online reports, Helotes is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the San Antonio area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Cibolo, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 27,963
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $97,277
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Cibolo.

Cibolo schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 19.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Garden Ridge, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,887
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $131,471
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
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Garden Ridge is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 11.84% of people lack insurance, good for 16th in the area.

Schertz, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 38,991
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $82,647
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.0%
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Is 'Everything Better In Schertz?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Castle Hills, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,422
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $94,583
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Castle Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Castle Hills.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around San Antonio for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of San Antonio.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 23 suburbs to evaluate around San Antonio.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 23 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, Terrell Hills. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best San Antonio 'Burbs of 2020

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 San Antonio Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Terrell Hills, TX 5,330 $175,913
2 Alamo Heights, TX 8,193 $132,313
3 Hollywood Park, TX 3,342 $112,083
4 Shavano Park, TX 3,667 $208,021
5 Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 10,857 $125,806
6 Helotes, TX 8,895 $131,379
7 Cibolo, TX 27,963 $97,277
8 Garden Ridge, TX 3,887 $131,471
9 Schertz, TX 38,991 $82,647
10 Castle Hills, TX 4,422 $94,583
11 Bulverde, TX 5,104 $103,750
12 Windcrest, TX 5,802 $79,604
13 New Braunfels, TX 74,587 $67,510
14 Selma, TX 9,895 $74,293
15 Boerne, TX 14,799 $63,420
16 Converse, TX 26,246 $70,726
17 Live Oak, TX 15,595 $62,419
18 Leon Valley, TX 11,306 $59,029
19 Balcones Heights, TX 3,185 $33,497
20 Kirby, TX 8,625 $42,412
21 Lytle, TX 2,886 $62,670
22 Castroville, TX 2,970 $55,326
23 Elmendorf, TX 2,077 $47,188

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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