The 10 Best San Antonio Suburbs To Live For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best San Antonio suburbs.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and everything is better in San Antonio's best suburbs. It's our seventh time ranking San Antonio's best suburbs, so you'd better believe we've got a system figured out.

Why would anyone want to live in the San Antonio area? We're glad you asked! People of all ages absolutely love San Antonio's River Walk, a 15-mile urban waterway that's the most pleasant way to navigate the city. A walk along the river might end up at the Historic Market Square for a day of Mexican culture, food, and shopping, or howling at the moon after experiencing San Antonio's epic nightlife. Of course, everyone remembers The Alamo, but even to this day San Antonio is known as Military City USA. Anyone who's into Tex-Mex and/or BBQ will find plenty to love about San Antonio's food scene, while kids and kids at heart will be happy to have Six Flags Fiesta Texas in their backyard.

So San Antonio's great, but what suburbs are ideal for those who want the best the city has to offer without committing to the hustle and bustle of big-city life? Well, there's a pretty simple geographic cheat sheet, considering that the entirety of the suburbs listed here is north of San Antonio. If the crime of the big city is what you're trying to escape, then Fair Oaks Ranch, one of the safest places in Texas is your best bet. If you want to live in the wealthiest suburb, look no further than Shavano Park, where you'll need to earn over $200,000/year to fit in. But if a low cost of living is your primary reason for eschewing the big city, then Schertz is probably right up your alley. And if you just want to live in a place where the economy works for everyone, then the sub-1% unemployment and poverty rates of Hollywood Park are sure to be a big draw.

Saddle up, strap on your Spurs, and get ready to dive into some barbacoa and Big Red, because we're visiting the best San Antonio suburbs to live in for 2021.

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around San Antonio for 2021:

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

It should come as no surprise that a couple of the suburbs listed above also featured on our list of the best places to live in Texas. With low crime, fully-functioning economies, and a plethora of fun things to do, any of these suburbs is sure to be a good bet for your next home. And if you change your mind and decide to move to San Antonio itself, then consult our list of the city's best neighborhoods to get the full scoop.

So what San Antonio suburb is a cut above the rest? According to the latest Census data and our own SnackAbility scale, Alamo Heights is the best San Antonio suburb for 2021.

San Antonio has plenty more suburbs to consider, and even if you don't end up in the top ten, you'll still have easy access to the best dang

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    Alamo Heights, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    9.5
    /10

    Population: 8,374
    Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
    Median Income: $141,048
    Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
    Poverty Rate: 4.4%
    More on Alamo Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    Alamo Heights is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the San Antonio area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Alamo Heights."

    Everyone here is rich; families average $141,048 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the San Antonio region. And only 0.99% are out of work. Homes average more than $627,500 each.

    Terrell Hills, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    10
    /10

    Population: 5,371
    Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
    Median Income: $181,979
    Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
    Poverty Rate: 0.7%
    More on Terrell Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    Terrell Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near San Antonio for 2021.

    It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.87% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

    Overall SnackAbility

    10
    /10

    Population: 3,787
    Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
    Median Income: $204,737
    Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
    Poverty Rate: 2.5%
    More on Shavano Park: Real Estate | Data

    Here in Shavano 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 Shavano Park.

    Hollywood Park, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    9.5
    /10

    Population: 3,327
    Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
    Median Income: $114,750
    Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
    Poverty Rate: 0.7%
    More on Hollywood Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    Hollywood Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of San Antonio for 2021.

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

    Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    10
    /10

    Population: 9,944
    Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
    Median Income: $128,398
    Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
    Poverty Rate: 3.0%
    More on Fair Oaks Ranch: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    Coming in as the fifth best is Fair Oaks Ranch.

    Fair Oaks Ranch gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the San Antonio area, where houses sell for an average of $455,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

    Helotes, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    9
    /10

    Population: 9,175
    Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
    Median Income: $116,875
    Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
    Poverty Rate: 3.0%
    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 7.19% which is 2best 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
    /10

    Population: 28,920
    Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
    Median Income: $104,601
    Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
    Poverty Rate: 4.9%
    More on Cibolo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    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

    Source: Public domain
    Overall SnackAbility

    8.5
    /10

    Population: 3,961
    Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
    Median Income: $137,976
    Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
    Poverty Rate: 1.1%
    More on Garden Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    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 9.97% of people lack insurance, good for 13th in the area.

    Castle Hills, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    8
    /10

    Population: 4,447
    Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
    Median Income: $96,848
    Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
    Poverty Rate: 8.5%
    More on Castle Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    Is 'Everything Better In Castle Hills?'

    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.

    Schertz, TX

    Overall SnackAbility

    8.5
    /10

    Population: 41,199
    Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
    Median Income: $87,059
    Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
    Poverty Rate: 5.7%
    More on Schertz: Real Estate | Data | Photos

    And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Schertz.

    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 2021

    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 2015-2019 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 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, Alamo Heights. 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 2021

    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 Alamo Heights, TX 8,374 $141,048
    2 Terrell Hills, TX 5,371 $181,979
    3 Shavano Park, TX 3,787 $204,737
    4 Hollywood Park, TX 3,327 $114,750
    5 Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 9,944 $128,398
    6 Helotes, TX 9,175 $116,875
    7 Cibolo, TX 28,920 $104,601
    8 Garden Ridge, TX 3,961 $137,976
    9 Castle Hills, TX 4,447 $96,848
    10 Schertz, TX 41,199 $87,059
    11 Boerne, TX 15,891 $70,745
    12 Selma, TX 10,419 $73,175
    13 Bulverde, TX 5,162 $93,534
    14 Windcrest, TX 5,851 $80,750
    15 New Braunfels, TX 79,438 $71,044
    16 Converse, TX 26,930 $72,911
    17 Castroville, TX 3,009 $59,600
    18 Balcones Heights, TX 3,282 $31,410
    19 Live Oak, TX 15,855 $61,294
    20 Kirby, TX 8,664 $45,918
    21 Leon Valley, TX 12,199 $55,777
    22 Lytle, TX 2,672 $56,513

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