How to Read this Report
Together, we envisioned a stronger San Antonio where students are provided quality educational opportunities no matter where they live, and economic prosperity is available to anyone in our community because of workforce development efforts and job potential. And we want connected neighborhoods where our families thrive and our residents are healthy. This future was not envisioned for just some in our community, but for everyone in our city.
Today, this is San Antonio.
Sixty-six people are born in or move to our city every day. In fact, we’ll nearly double in size by the year 2040. San Antonio is a city of artists and innovators, and of rich culture and history. In our downtown, we just saw an investment of $57 million in a local university that includes building a school of data science. San Antonio is second in cybersecurity—only after Washington DC, which is all right with us, really—and our unemployment rate is now under four percent. San Antonio is one of the top cities for college- educated millennial growth. And we worked together to make these things happen.
This is also San Antonio.
We are one of the leading cities for income segregation. Residents on one side of town have a shorter lifespan— by more than 20 years—than residents on another, more affluent side of our city. In addition to income and geography, race is a predictor of our community’s outcomes. In San Antonio, more than one-third of our residents are burdened by housing costs, and one in six people—one in five children—live in poverty. Still, there are people in our community actively working to change these things. Together.
Change doesn’t come without understanding how policies and services have historically neglected low-income communities and communities of color. In order to affect change, San Antonio must take collective responsibility for advancing community results. Change happens when we acknowledge and agree to address root causes of our community’s greatest challenges. And if these challenges seem complex and big, they are. And yet…we each have the ability to affect change.
That said, to simply read this report as merely gauging “up” or “down” movement on community indicators, misses the full story of our community’s collaborative progress and collective efforts to date.
As you read, pay attention to how the 11 Cause Areas are all related and how the success of one can impact another. How incremental change in arts education, for example, can pay dividends in economic development; how an understanding of housing a ordability can in uence policy changes in educational attainment; and how park access can stimulate better health outcomes.
Click on a Cause Area that’s most important to you. As you read through the Community Indicators, we ask you to also incorporate the Community Stories, which will paint a broader understanding of the connection between Cause Areas. Once you reach the City of San Antonio profiles, with 20 data points specific to approximated Council Districts, complement your understanding with the corresponding Cause Area sections.
As you read this report, we invite you to be curious. Ask yourself: “Why is this indicator moving?” “Why is this Cause Area lagging?” “Why do we care about this?” “What am I doing to help move the needle?” “What current programs and policies could be shifted to account for different histories and needs of our communities?” Then, we urge you to take action: Start with an SA2020 Nonprofit Partner working in an area that’s important to you, and commit to supporting them with your time, talent, or money.