San Antonio, Texas from Space •

San Antonio, Texas from Space Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at San Antonio, Texas from space.

San Antonio experienced the fastest growth of any American city between 2000 and 2010. It is now the 7th most populated city in the country with 1,409,000 residents.

The city is located 75 miles southwest of Austin, 190 miles west of Houston, and 250 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

San Antonio has built over 136 miles of bike lanes and off-road paths in an effort to become a more bicycle friendly community.

San Antonio (/ˌsæn ænˈtni/; in Spanish, “Saint Anthony“), officially the City of San Antonio, is the seventh-most populous city in the United States, and the second-most populous city in both Texas and the Southern United States, with 1,547,253 residents in 2019. Founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the city became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas in 1731. The area was still part of the Spanish Empire, and later of the Mexican Republic. It is the state’s oldest municipality, having celebrated its 300th anniversary on May 1, 2018.

The city’s deep history is contrasted with its rapid growth over the past few decades. It was the fastest-growing of the top ten largest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010, and the second from 1990 to 2000. Straddling the regional divide between South and Central Texas, San Antonio anchors the southwestern corner of an urban megaregion colloquially known as the Texas Triangle. The Greater San Antonio and Greater Austin areas are separated from each other by approximately 80 miles (129 km) along Interstate 35. Both metropolitan regions are expected to form a new metroplex similar to Dallas and Fort Worth

This photo was taken by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

By Rory Arnold, Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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