What do you get when you combine affordable housing, excellent schools (pre-K through college), parks and recreation facilities for all ages, fine dining and shopping, medical services, a variety of worship services and interconnecting suburban communities who share a common goal of economic development and unparalleled quality of life for their citizens?
It’s a long sentence but it accurately names all the ingredients that make up what we call the Metrocom, a growing sector up the northeast corridor from neighboring San Antonio heading up towards Austin. Each city in the Metrocom has its own identity but shares that common moniker of a “fun place to live and work.”
The cities that make up the Metrocom are Cibolo, Converse, Garden Ridge, Kirby, Live Oak, Marion, Santa Clara, Schertz, Selma, Universal City and Windcrest. We even have an unincorporated town called Bracken and, of course, we have Randolph Air Force Base as well. From what was once a rural landscape dotted here and there with small towns, the Metrocom has evolved to become one of Texas’ biggest potential economic gold mines and a great place to live, learn, grow and connect.
The following list details the population trends in the Metrocom Area for the years 2001-2009. This information was obtained from a 2011 demographic detail summary report provided to the RMCC by the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
The 2010 spring estimates show the total population of the Metrocom area to be 106,855. Projections for 2015 estimate a population of 132,624, reflecting a 24.1 percent increase.
The total number of households for 2000 was 26,632, and the 2010 totals estimate the number of households to rise to 36,940, or a 20.5 percent increase.
The total population is divided by gender as follows: for 2000, 51.4 percent female and 48.6 percent male; estimates for the spring of 2010, 51.0 percent female and 49 percent male; and projections for 2015 are 50.7 percent female and 49.3 percent male.
Household Disposable Income
The median disposable household income for 2000 was $50,447, and for 2010 it is estimated at $63,402. Projections for 2015 put the median disposable household income at $67,434. The average household income in 2000 was $58,769, and for 2010 it is estimated to be $71,171. Projections for 2015 place the average household income around $75,816. Disposable income represents an estimate of a household’s purchasing power or, simply, after-tax income.
Household ownership can be broken down as follows: In 2000, 70 percent of the population constituted homeowners, 25 percent rented and 5 percent was vacant. The 2010 estimates change to 67 percent owned, 24 percent rented and 9 percent vacant. The 2015 projections forecast that 65 percent will own a home, 26 percent will rent and 9 percent will be vacant. The total U.S. population in 2009 averaged 66 percent owned, 27 percent rented and 7 percent vacant.