Economic Competitiveness

In 2020, San Antonio is recognized as a leader in business that prospers through innovation in 21st century industries.

The Result

San Antonio has a highly qualified and educated workforce and provides economic opportunity for all of its residents.

The city fosters entrepreneurship as the engine of economic prosperity. It capitalizes on its unique historical and cultural heritage, as well as local institutions like its military bases, universities, medical centers and international airport system to become a leader in the global economy.

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  • MIT’s Living Wage Calculator provides more information on Bexar County’s living wage calculation.
  • United Way Texas offers more information here about people who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed (ALICE).
  • The Kauffman Foundation has a focus on entrepreneurship, providing resources and research to help start and grow businesses.
  • Each year, San Antonio celebrates San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week, produced by Launch SA.
  • SA Works, a program of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, produces their jobs report to provide a snapshot of hiring activities, education and skill requirements, and wages associated with job postings in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas published a statewide report on consumer credit in 2019. 
More of the Story

Per capita income estimates the earning power of each individual, but this means that individuals who are making significantly more in a community can skew the number and mask disparities. Per capita income, then, should be looked at alongside college attainment, employment and underemployment, as well as income segregation. Another indicator that can help show the economic development of a community is median household income. Because this measure accounts for all people in a household over the age of 15 that are employed, median household income can help compare neighborhoods’ quality of life and reveal a cross-section of market disparities, such as household income in relation to median home prices. In San Antonio, according to the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), median household income in 2018 was $49,024, slightly lower than 2017 when it was $51,157.

For this report, we’ve also disaggregated San Antonio’s median earnings by race/ethnicity. These are 1-year 2018 estimates for median earnings among full-time, year-round workers. It does not include people who are self-employed, regardless of whether their businesses are incorporated. Data represent earnings before taxes and other deductions and include any overtime pay, commissions, or tips usually received. Median earnings show that Non-Hispanic White workers make $37,313 (±$2,338) while Hispanic workers make $26,268 (±$649).

San Antonio Median Earnings Among Full-Time, Year-Round Workers by Race/Ethnicity

2018 | Source: American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. Table B20017

When looking at race/ethnicity and sex together, further disparities arise. In 2018, median earnings for Non-Hispanic white male workers was $56,936 (±$2,814) more than $6,000 higher than their female counterparts, more than $20,000 higher than Hispanic male workers, and over $25,000 more than Hispanic female workers.

San Antonio Median Earnings Among Full-Time, Year-Round Workers by Race/Ethnicity & Sex

2018 | Source: American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. Table B20017

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