TopoGeo: Where Creatives and Food Service Professionals Live in SA

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Students from UTSA's first mural class prime the walls of the Family Dollar Store on S. Brazos St. and San Fernando St. in 2016.

The host that greets you at your favorite restaurant. Your child's piano teacher. A gallery owner in Southtown. A graphic designer sharing your co-working space at Geekdom. They help make up the 308,790 people working in creative, recreational, and food industries in San Antonio, according to the recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

The data shows the total number of working-age adults, classified as 16 years old and older, in these industries by zip code.

The largest concentration of San Antonio residents in these occupations – 3,540 people – live in the 78249 zip code, the area just south of Six Flags Fiesta Texas on the city's Northwest Side, an area that includes the University of Texas at San Antonio's main campus.

Many San Antonians in these occupations live across much of the North Side, but another hotspot for such workers is the 78223 zip code, on the city's South Side.

Income for arts and food service professionals is historically below that of other professions. In San Antonio, the median income for people in arts, design, and entertainment in San Antonio is $33,604, according to census data released last week. The local median income for food service professionals is $16,312, below the Bureau's poverty threshold of $25,283. As of last week, the median income reported by the Bureau across all professions in San Antonio was $50,044.

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