San Antonio appears to be growing quickly relative to other Texas cities but not making as much progress in educational attainment or income.
Around the time of our first anniversary in early 2013 we posted our first reader survey.
I was born in San Antonio, I love this city and plan to spend the rest of my life here. I am also a huge fan of Mayor Julián Castro. His ambitions for San Antonio are large and he is making great progress. But his marketing of the city has one fatal flaw. In almost every speech, I hear him call San Antonio the 7th largest city in America. This talking point has become omnipresent in the positioning of the city, and I think it is a big mistake. In fact, it undermines our biggest advantage. Here’s how:
It is technically correct, but misleading.
The list on which San Antonio finds itself 7th largest is based on legal city limits. Benefiting from massive city borders, we include most of our full metro-area population inside our city. But, this isn’t the way anyone thinks about the size of a city.