by Alex Lewis
on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 9:55am.
Central Texas has won the attention of many millennials. It is home to some of the largest and fastest growing cities in the nation, and offers amenities many young families look for in a place to live.
There is a lot to be considered when trying to locate a new home. Most families consider affordability, property size, and nearby work opportunities before deciding where they’ll call home.
In recent years, the number of millennials moving to San Antonio has grown at a notable rate. We decided to take a look at some of the great lifestyle features that might have lured these young professionals and their families to Alamo City. Here are 6 of the incentives that made the most sense to us:
1. Low Cost Of Living
One of the biggest pitfalls of living in a major city is the cost. As it turns out, choosing to live in an area with lively entertainment and cultural diversity comes at a high cost, with the exception of San Antonio.
San Antonio maintains a lower cost of living than many of the national averages. According to payscale.com, the overall cost of living in San Antonio is 14% lower than the national average! It’s a big city without the big expenses.
2. Local Culture
Millennials enjoy access to craft beer, dark coffee, shops, and restaurants that emphasize diversity in culture. When a city offers plenty of each, it’s enticing.
Local coffee drinkers, food connoisseurs, and wine or beer drinkers can speak to the quality of San Antonio’s offerings. From the food, shops, and drinks discovered in the Pearl District, to popping into spacious coffee houses like Revolucion Coffee and Juice, it’s no wonder that local millennials have found a sweet spot of culture and affordability in San Antonio.
3. Easy Commutes
Working in major cities is not only hard on your wallet, it can also be difficult on your day-to-day calendar. Millennials prioritize having a work-life balance. And when their daily commute involves leaving home as the sun rises and returning as it’s going down, the situation is anything but appealing.
But it’s not usually the distance that causes this problem in a large city, it’s the traffic. Major cities tend to deliver infamous traffic problems. Commutes can often be well over an hour one way, and THEN the work shift begins. Living in San Antonio can be a break from this craziness. It doesn’t mean that you won’t sit in traffic, but when compared to other major cities, San Antonio residents have it far, far easier.
4. Great Place To Raise A Family
Young millennial families choose San Antonio for its safe neighborhoods and kid-friendliness. Not only does the cost of living give a break to families, but San Antonio also is home to many family-oriented events and destinations.
Places like the Witte Museum are designed to be playful and educational. The city’s many movie theaters and nearby amusement parks make it easy to turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary afternoon for the whole family.
5. Professional Opportunities
Millennials move to major cities for a handful of reasons, but the occupational opportunities may be one of the most significant. As they finish their degrees, relocation is often on the table. Finding a quality job that is in their field and at a reputable company is worth the move to a new city.
San Antonio’s job market is strong. Graduates in search of STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) oriented jobs will find ambitious careers in San Antonio. With a growing tech scene, the city has rolled out its welcome-mat to millennials to put their degrees to practice at great companies.
Millennials with teaching, counseling, and other licensed degrees are likewise in high demand.
6. Appreciating Real Estate
Of course, we can’t talk about the incentives that come with living in San Antonio without bringing up the real estate market. San Antonio’s housing market is appreciating at a generous rate, but the housing costs are still low compared to many major cities across the United States.
For young families looking to plant their roots in a city that routinely offers a comfortable life in an appreciating home, San Antonio is a great place to begin and end your search.
If you’re shopping for a home in the San Antonio area, speak to a JB Goodwin agent. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, or you’ve been in the market for many years, we are the team that caters to your lifestyle and your budget. We look forward to helping you locate your San Antonio home.