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These images show the metropolitan area of San Antonio, Texas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of the San Antonio metropolitan area was 863,669 in 1970. By 1990, the population had grown to 1.41 million. That growth continued, with increases to 1.71 million in 2000 and 2.14 million in 2010. The population change from 1990 to 2010 is a 25% increase, and in 2010, San Antonio ranked 25th in the country in population.

Click the other tabs to see the changes over time near Randolph Air Force Base in the northeast part of the city, near the reservoirs southeast of the city, and the pronounced urban/suburban expansion west of the city.

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Dec. 7, 1974, Landsat 1 (path/row 29/40) — San Antonio, TX, USA
Nov. 12, 1987, Landsat 5, (path/row 27/40) — San Antonio, TX, USA
Nov. 13, 2002, Landsat 7, (path/row 27/40) — San Antonio, TX, USA
Nov. 3, 2013, Landsat 8, (path/row 27/40) — San Antonio, TX, USA
Nov. 1, 2018, Landsat 8, (path/row 27/40) — San Antonio, TX, USA

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Brown, Timothy M., [n.d.], Randolph Air Force Base, Handbook of Texas Online: Texas State Historical Association, available at http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qbr01. (Accessed January 27, 2012.)

CPS Energy, 2018, Cooling Lakes and Parks: CPS Energy, accessed April 27, 2018, at https://www.cpsenergy.com/en/about-us/community/lakes-and-parks.html.

History of Randolph Air Force Base, 2010, Randolph Air Force Base Web site at http://www.jbsa.mil/Information/History/JBSA-Randolph.aspx. (Accessed January 27, 2012.)

Mitchell Lake, 2011, San Antonio Water System Web site at http://www.saws.org/environment/MitchellLake. (Accessed January 27, 2012.)

U.S. Census Bureau, 1970, Population Counts for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas, 1970 Census of Population, available at https://www.census.gov/library/publications/1972/dec/phc-1.html. (Accessed January 27, 2012.)

U.S. Census Bureau, 2011, Table 20. Large Metropolitan Statistical Areas— Population 1990 to 2010, Statistical Abstract of the United States—2012: U.S. Census Bureau, available at https://www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/popest/total-metro-and-micro-statistical-areas.html. (Accessed January 27, 2012.)

We Are Toyota, Texas, [n.d.], Toyota Motor Manufacturing Web site at http://www.toyotatexas.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=3. (Accessed January 27, 2012.)

 

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