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San Antonio, TX (Population: 1,256,509)

With a population of 1.2 million, San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest in the world. The city was named for the Portuguese St. Anthony of Padua. The city has also gained the nicknames “Alamo City” and “River City.” There are five major military bases in the city which creates a strong military presence. With such a strong Army and Air Force presence, it's unsurprising that defense is a strong support for San Antonio's economy. Besides tourism, the other two strongest economic forces in the city are financial services and health care.

Each year the city sees some twenty million tourists; the San Antonio Convention Center sees over 300 events per year. The Alamo, which is now a museum, is one of the biggest attractions in San Antonio. Another of the city's most popular tourist attraction is the River Walk, which is a riverside walking path that connects many of the city's popular shops and restaurants. The River Walk features in the city's annual Fiesta San Antonio in which the parade's floats actually float down the river. For those looking for some authentic Tex-Mex cuisine or some Texas style barbecue, San Antonio is the place to be.

Of the many festivals in San Antonio, several are the Celebrate San Antonio, a New Year's Eve celebration; Fiesta, a ten day festival including the Battle of Flowers Parade; and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo show the the spirit of this southern Texas town. Other culture offerings in San Antonio include the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Koogler McNay Art Museum, the Museo Alemada and the Southwestern School of Art and Craft. There are also approximately 30 institutions of higher learning in San Antonio, including Trinity University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Hallmark Institute of Aeronautics.