Best of the best
It’s no secret that San Antonio is one of the best places to live in the country. It keeps winding up on list after list after list. But where are the best places to live in the city? Ranking and reviews site Niche combined information from the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out.
In order to come up with the rankings, the site considered several factors. Weighed most was the percentage of residents who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher, followed by the site’s internal grade for K-12 public schools servicing the area, cost of living, and home values, and ethnic, generational, and economic diversity.
Niche also factored in crime and safety, health statistics, commute times, and weather, along with access to amenities like walkable paths, restaurant and entertainment options, and parks and other outdoor recreation areas. A composite overall score was also applied as rated by Niche users.
Overall, 10 San Antonio neighborhoods earned an A-plus grade in the unranked list.
Niche users rated Tanglewood Ridge highly for its close proximity to nature and its very low crime rate. Northeast Inner Loop was lauded for its easy access to the city and wealth of dining options.
Suburbs and northern neighborhoods dominated the exclusive list with Terrell Hills, Alamo Heights, Huebner/Leon Creeks, Northwest, Meadow Village, the area around the San Antonio International Airport, and Lackland Air Force Base Annex all making the A-plus cut.
Though each neighborhood got an A-plus, schools didn't fare as well. Only Terrell Hills, Northeast Inner Loop, and Alamo Heights scored an A-plus when it came to education. Every other neighborhood scored an A-minus or below.
Notably, central San Antonio neighborhoods did not score as highly on the list. Historic Government Hill was the only neighborhood that earned an A grade. Nearby Tobin Hill was given a B-plus, while several Midtown neighborhoods earned Bs along with the downtown. According to the Niche’s maps, Midtown covers a wide swath of the city core, including trendy Southtown.