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San Antonio
San Antonio
Texas
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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

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San Antonio, officially the City of San Antonio, is the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second most populous city in both Texas and the Southern United States.

Every day in San Antonio, seniors, 60 years of age and older are participating in an exciting array of programs and services specifically designed for older adults. Our comprehensive senior centers and nutrition sites are located across the city and are open Monday to Friday throughout the year. Whether you are interested in joining us for a midday meal, some fun group exercise, a computer class or even meeting a friend or two, we welcome you!  The Department of Human Services, Senior Services Division helps San Antonio’s multi-generational senior community lead active, independent and engaged lives through comprehensive nutrition, wellness, education and more! 
  • Services include Senior Centers, Senior Nutrition and Meals, Senior Transportation, and more.
Contacts106 S. St. Mary's, 7th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone210.207.8198
Director: Melody Woosley
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San Antonio, Texas, is very age-friendly -- considering it is also known as the "Sun Capital of the South." Due to its warm climate mostly year round, many Northerners have moved to San Antonio to retire or semi-retire. This fact was proven out when on May 24, 2018, San Antonio was ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as number one city in America for the greatest percentage of population growth for all U.S. cities over 50,000 in population. As a result, those numbers -- which represents an increase of over 24,000 new residents a year in San Antonio -- bodes well for more jobs and more services available to Seniors age 50 and up.

 

That's one reason why we see more companies getting certified as "Age-Friendly" employers over the past 5 years. Also, I have noticed that the city of San Antonio takes great care of their roads, streets, and highways, along with reasonably priced water, electric, and other utility services and the cost of living is low compared to other big cities around the country. Also, transportation services are excellent and it's very easy to get around town here in San Antonio. We do have rush hour congestion on the major highways (like any major city) going around and through San Antonio, like I-10, I-35, and Hwy 1604 on the north side. But you don't get the super dense, bumper to bumper "crawl and wait" 30 minutes to an hour in traffic -- like you do in Dallas or Houston. Outside of rush hour, I can get anywhere in the Metroplex, in any direction, in about 30 - 40 minutes -- which covers a good 20 to 25 miles from north to south and from east to west. Other pluses for San Antonio are their excellent hospitals, the University of Texas Medical Center, and easy access to Senior community centers and to many beautiful public libraries across the city. And don't forget the wonderful museums, theme parks, athletic events, downtown historic River Walk, the Alamo, The Botanical Gardens, great shopping and restaurants, jogging and walking trails, and great family parks. You name it -- San Antonio has it.

 

So in my book, San Antonio is not only "Age-Friendly," it's downright "People Friendly'" as well. So now you know why we are number one in population growth in the whole USA!

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I believe it's age friendly very clean low crime neighborhood

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San Antonio is a great city. it has a lot of senior communities and great cargivers.
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Everyone helps onr another
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I feel hidden age discrimination in employment exist here because I am an experienced senior professional and I have not been able to find suitable employment. The reasons I have been given have subliminal messages of "you are too old"; "we are looking for someone younger who we can pay less", "you need to settle for a greeter job at Wal-Mart"; or "you don't have the energy or innovative spirit a younger person might have. Other senior citizens have shared similar feeling with me about this area. It is great if you are ready to sit at home and do things that retired people want to do but not so great if you still want to maintain or grow a career if you are 50+ years of age.

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B

How did Texas earn the grade of B? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Texas has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Texas does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Texas has an effective property tax rate of 1.86%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Texas earned its state tax grade of B.

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