Schertz, Texas, located northeast of San Antonio and just outside of the Charles William Anderson Loop, is a rapidly growing suburb of San Antonio and the third largest city in the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area. Schertz was rated #1 Best Place to Live in Texas and #39 in the nation by CNN Money, and is recognized for its family atmosphere, economic strength, and employment opportunities. The population of Schertz has grown substantially during the past two decades, increasing from less than 12,000 in 1993 to an estimated population approaching 36,000 in 2013. The population of Schertz is educated, with more than one-third of adults having a bachelor degree or higher. The median household income in Schertz is $77,000, 48% higher than the median income for the San Antonio metropolitan area. Schertz is a community of professionals, with nearly 40% working in management and professional occupations.
The City of Schertz began when the family of Joseph and Anna Schertz were enticed to emigrate from Germany to San Antonio with the promise of a better life. Once in Texas, they met Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels who was establishing a German colony. The Schertz family joined this settlement and in time, was able to purchase more land in the neighboring town of "Cut Off" for their growing family. The Schertz family established a farm growing grains, and then later cotton. The family continued to prosper with a cotton mill, general store, water supply plant, and electric company. The railroad arrived in 1876, and the first school was built in 1890. The town was officially named Schertz in 1899 and incorporated as a city in 1958. Randolph Field was established in 1930 just outside Schertz to serve as a flight school for the US Army air corps. Now renamed Randolph Air Force Base, the base continues to serve as a flight training school and home to approximately 1,200 members of the Air Force. Learn more about Schertz history with this link.
Schertz borders on the Gulf Coastal Plain, making local weather hot in the summer, and highly variable in winter, with a mix of warm coastal weather and cooler, even cold nights caused by northern cold fronts that sometimes dip into the region. Springtime and autumn are typically warm and rainy. The warm season lasts from May 26 to September 21 with an average daily high temperature above 88°F. The cold season lasts from November 29 to February 18 with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. Get the latest weather forecasts and more climate data using these links.
As a small city, Schertz does not offer its own public transit system, but a few minutes ride by car or taxi provides easy access to Via, San Antonio’s metropolitan transit system. The San Antonio Airport is a mere 10 minutes away, offering service on ten airlines with flights from coast to coast and Mexico City.
Cost of Living in Schertz
Schertz’s city limits incorporate three Texas counties, and each county has different sales and property tax rates. Depending on where you choose to live, property taxes will vary, but compared to the national average for living costs, all areas of Schertz fall below the national average. Calculate your budget needs for living in Schertz using the following links.
Because Schertz is incorporated in three counties, different school districts serve different parts of the city, including the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, the Comal Independent School District, and the East Central Independent School District. Schertz area schools are highly rated, with 10 public schools, 10 private schools and 1 charter school.
Baptist Emergency Hospital is an emergency care facility with a location in Schertz, Texas. This facility is accredited by the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations, and certified by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation. If you’re planning a move to Schertz, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:
Schertz Real Estate
Real estate options in Schertz consist of single-family homes and rental properties in a wide range of prices. With some of the lowest property tax rates in the San Antonio, families find home ownership is more affordable in Schertz. Explore the real estate market in Schertz, Texas with these links.
As a small city in a much larger metropolitan area, Schertz has more than forty accommodations within 10 miles of the city, and four convenient hotels located within the city limits. You will find that most hotels located within a short drive from Schertz have familiar names like Marriott, Drury, and Best Western. One of the finest stays in the area is the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, featuring two golf courses and several restaurants within the impressive and elegant facility. Discover more great places to stay using these links.
Schertz, Texas has more than 40 restaurants that appeal to most appetites, ranging from American-style barbecue to exceptional Thai dishes. Siam Cuisine is the most notable local restaurant, where the owner/chef carefully prepares every meal from fresh ingredients. Mama Margie’s is a locally-owned Mexican restaurant that offers a fun atmosphere and stands out with great service and a “no tipping” policy that lightens the bill at the end of the meal. For Mexican cuisine with an upscale flair, Encanto offers a range of seasonal dishes, craft beers, and exceptional margaritas. Fox’s Pizza & Tap Room offers pizzas, pub food, and craft beer in a “sports bar” setting that boasts to be the “best place to catch a game” on their 133” television screen. For more upscale dining, cross the river to San Antonio where you will find exceptional restaurants like the top-rated Restaurant Gwendolyn, owned by award-winning chef Michael Sohocki. Find more dining discoveries using the following links.
Things to Do in Schertz
The most popular destination in the San Antonio metropolitan area is San Antonio’s River Walk. You have the option of walking or biking along the river, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a restaurant or bar for refreshments. If you get tired, you can hop on a water taxi or barge that cruises the river. Further south is the Missions, including the famous Alamo, the legendary fort and historic site. Nearby is the King William Historic District, a neighborhood of impressive houses designed in Greek Revival, Victorian, and Italianate styles. The San Antonio Museum, located in the former Lone Star Brewery, features collections of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Latin American and contemporary works. Further north, the San Antonio Zoo is home to more than 8,500 animals on 56 acres. With more than 50 amazing rides, slides, shows and attractions including eight exhilarating coasters, Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a great place to spend a day with the family. Explore more fun ways to spend your time near Schertz, Texas with these links.