San Antonio is an enormous city, you probably know that even if you’ve never been there. It’s so huge in fact that we decided to devote an entire article to its size alone. Spanning 416 square miles and home to just shy of 1.5 million people, Alamo City occupies the elegant 13th place among the US cities by land area, and the even more impressive 7th by population.
So it’s quite the mammoth, but we thought these numbers alone are not enough to do it justice. (Although the temptation was high at this point to step back, squint, pat ourselves on the back and call it a day.) Only an infographic can exemplify its true humongousness—if that’s even a word—and what better way to illustrate it than comparing it to other cities you may be more familiar with? So in an effort to illustrate its size, we’ve created a map by superimposing the shapes of 6 major US cities over the outlines of San Antonio.
Which US cities would fit inside San Antonio? Take a look at our infographic below to find out:
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Now that puts things into perspective! We started with throwing the bigger cities on the map in fear of running out of space prematurely. After placing Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Boston, though, we soon realized our worries were for nothing… In fact we still managed to fit Miami and Manhattan without any difficulty, and still had some room in the Government Canyon State Natural Area—it seems as though Santa Barbara was meant for the job. It’s quite obvious though, that there’s still a lot of space left uncovered, and this was probably the biggest surprise. It may not look like it at first, but there are actually no less than 232 square miles that these 6 cities didn’t cover! That’s as much as Chicago’s land area, or Tampa and Salt Lake City combined! Also note that the total population of the 6 cities we’ve squeezed inside the city’s borders is close to 4 million, 2.7 times that of San Antonio.
If you liked this comparison, tell us in the comment section what other cities you’d like to see mapped this way. We take the requests of our readers seriously, so keep an eye on the RENTCafe Blog and see your idea take shape!
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