Fort Sam Houston is a neighborhood in the northeast section of San Antonio, Texas. A National Historic Landmark, located between I-35 and the Harry Wurzbach Highway, it is a combination of the U.S. Army’s old and new, from original historic structures to modern state-of-the-art medical training facilities. The place has several areas open to the public and provides insight into the workings of the U.S. Army from 1845 up until now. It sits in a cluster of charming suburban communities like Mahncke Park and Brackenridge Golf Club. These communities provide master-planned neighborhoods with parks, picnic areas, water views, scenic walkways and convenient access to all of the area’s attractions. These communities are close to Downtown just a few minutes away via I-35. The neighborhoods contain homes built by famous home builders around San Antonio and, in general, they are safe areas in town according to some neighbors and observers who point out the strong police presence that prevents an abundance of crime that plague other neighborhoods.
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The area reports a total population of 45,867. There are 23,062 male residents and 22,805 female residents living in the sector. The total number of households is 16,144 with 2.94 people per household on average. The population reports a median age of 29.94 years. Around 10,100 people are married, and 17,370 are single. 71% of the residents are white-collar employees and 29%, blue collar workers. Most of the population, 66.3%, is Caucasian. Black or African Americans comprise 18.2% of the people in the area, while the Asian community reaches 5.3% of the total. Native Americans and Other Races amount together to 4.7% of the people. Hispanics or Latinos comprise 12% of the race composition in the neighborhood.
The race composition figures of the zone may show an interannual variability, as the area presents a relatively high volume of short-term residents because of the military assignments or relocations. The growing influx of newcomers that is rapidly expanding the population base of San Antonio can also affect the results.
JBSA (Joint Base San Antonio) is comprised of United States Army Fort Sam Houston, the United States Air Force Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base. As a whole, Joint Base San Antonio has a population of 80,000 and supports students at three installations annually of up to 138,000. In 2012, the Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston (JBSA-FSH) was reported as having a total population of 161,971 among civilians, active duty military, and retirees.
Fort Sam Houston was established in the 1870s, on 40 acres of land acquired from the City of San Antonio. The Texas Historical Association authorities, in their site, states that the property consisted of 93 acres donated by San Antonio to the War Department. At any rate, the Fort has been the core of military operations in Texas and most of the Southwest United States from the year of 1879. Construction of Fort Sam Houston began in 1876, and by the late nineteenth century, the surrounding area of Government Hill was home to over 12,000 people. The sector grew at a prolific rate during the World War I era, and by 1918 Fort Sam Houston included 193 acres. Today, it encompasses an area of more than 400 acres that contain the headquarters of the Fifth Army and the most prominent medical, military facilities in the world.
BUSINESSES THAT OPERATE IN THE AREA
At least six H-E-B locations service the area. There are two Wal-Mart supercenters and the Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods stores in the Alamo Quarry market, between Fort Sam Houston and Mary and Herb Holmes’ house in Whispering Oaks. The place is near a whole lot of businesses such as Fort Sam Houston commissary, Fort Sam Houston Military Clothing Store, Rivercenter, Alamo Quarry Market, and multiple others that provide residents with every imaginable service.
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THINGS TO DO
There are tons of things to do near the area within walking or biking distance like, for example, paying a visit to Harlequin Dinner Theater to see a performance or a musical and, later, eat at one of its restaurants. Also, visitors can go to San Antonio Bike Tours for some fun rides or to San Antonio Botanical Garden and then visit Japanese Tea Gardens, which gets reviews that praise the place as just fantastic. All of the above attractions are within a mile or less from Fort Sam and others, like Harlequin, are right there in the neighborhood.
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