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7 of the Safest Neighborhoods in San Antonio

San Antonio

by Matt Lyons Posted on January 31, 2024

When it comes to moving to a city in the Lone Star State, you can’t go wrong with the home of the Alamo. San Antonio is one of those all-in-one places: It has a small-town feel but with amenities of a big city and a great economy — not to mention a unique history. 

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The downside? San Antonio has one of the highest crime rates in America. In fact, it’s even higher than some of the most populated cities in the U.S., like New York and Chicago. So what do you do if you want to make the move to Mission City? You look into the safest neighborhoods in San Antonio. Here are 7 that we think you check out.

Safest Neighborhoods in San Antonio, TX – FAQs

Q: Which part of San Antonio is the safest?
The downtown San Antonio area is among the safest in the city. 

Q: What areas to stay away from in San Antonio?
If safety is a top priority, it’s best to stay away from neighborhoods such as Denver Heights and Wheatley Heights. 

Q: What are the up-and-coming neighborhoods in San Antonio?
The I-10 East Corridor area is a rapidly growing community that will likely continue to expand with more restaurants, shops, and other forms of entertainment over the next several years. 

Q: What is the lowest crime area in San Antonio, Texas?
According to Neighborhood Scout, the Timberwood Park area is one of the safest areas to live in San Antonio.

The neighborhood sign leading into Timberwood Park

Source: Homes.com

Safest Neighborhoods in San Antonio 

While the city of San Antonio itself doesn’t have the most appealing crime stats, there are still many safe places to live in San Antonio, TX. With highly ranked public schools, great walkability, access to public transportation, and low crime rates, these are some of the safest areas in San Antonio (including a couple of popular suburbs!). 

1. Timberwood Park, TX

Located in San Antonio's far north region, Timberwood Park is a stunning custom-home community that spans more than 2,200 acres. Easily one of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio, this area is surrounded by natural features and offers a variety of home sites. 
Aside from the area's rolling hills and wide open spaces, residents of Timberwood Park enjoy a variety of neighborhood amenities. Some of these include a 30-acre park, a swimming pool with a clubhouse, a playground, and a par 3 golf course. Residents also enjoy tennis and volleyball courts, as well as walking and jogging trails at hot spots like Panther Springs Park.

2. Northwest

Northwest is the perfect location for retirees. Not only is the area well served by bus lines, which makes it easy for residents to get around the city, but the neighborhood’s mid-century homes — with their large lots and mature trees — also provide a sense of nostalgia and modern comfort. 

Residents of Northwest have easy access to a variety of fabulous high-end restaurants, including Silo Elevated Cuisine and The Cove. And the area is also connected to several parks, such as Monticello Park and Woodlawn Lake Park. These green spaces offer residents an extensive range of activities, including walking, birdwatching, and picnicking. They also serve as great gathering places for the community, as they help foster a sense of belonging.

3. Northeast Inner Loop 

  • Average rent (one-bedroom): $1,425
  • Median home value: $413,100
  • Great for: Outdoor recreation, good public schools
  • The Northeast Inner Loop community is a vibrant community with a dense suburban feel. Most residents reside in their own homes, which is a contributing factor to the neighborhood's sense of stability and pride. And public schools within this community — like the Shavano Campus of BASIS San Antonio and the International School of the Americasreceive high ratings, making it one of the nicest neighborhoods in San Antonio for families.

    There are also plenty of parks for outdoor recreation in the area, such as John James Park, Robert L.B. Tobin Park, and McAllister Park.

    4. Scenic Oaks, TX

    Scenic Oaks is a community that's only accessible through a 24-hour manned entry station. It features a country feel that's not too far away from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio, and its home to residents ranging from young families to retirees. There’s a good mix of residents that have lived in the area all their lives and those that have recently relocated.

    Residents have a few options when it comes to exploring the outdoors and checking out various local green spaces and parks in the area, including the Friedrich Wilderness Park. The neighborhood also prides itself on its fabulous dining options, from the Golden Lotus Thai Food Truck to Capparelli’s On Main

    A stone structure by a river leading to the Tobin Hill neighborhood in San Antonio

    Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation

    5. Tobin Hill

    One of San Antonio's oldest neighborhoods is the historic district of Tobin Hill. You can find various styles of architecture there, including Victorian, Edwardian, Tudor, and Colonial Revival homes. There are also several Craftsman bungalows and four-square dwellings.

    Throughout the Tobin Hill neighborhood, you will find plenty of places to eat and be entertained. For a classic gourmet meal, for example, head to Cured at Pearl. For a fun night out, head to Paper Tiger. With a walk score of 78, it’s quite easy to travel where you need to go by foot!

    6. Government Hill 

    During the Gilded Age of the city from 1890 to 1930, six San Antonio suburbs were developed, one of which was Government Hill. You can find great examples of early 20th century architecture there.

    History buffs will especially enjoy living in Government Hill, as there are plenty of historical sites to explore locally, such as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. And the best part? You can easily take advantage of a variety of public transportation options in the area.

    7. I-10 East Corridor

    The I-10 East Corridor is a rapidly growing area within San Antonio that’s known for its strong community spirit. It’s a place where new businesses are steadily opening up, and residents are constantly experiencing new things.

    When living within the I-10 East Corridor, you’ll have access to a variety of great shopping malls, with retailers ranging from casual to more high-end. Shopaholics typically fall in love with the Huebner Oaks Shopping Center, while The Shops at La Cantera and North Star Mall are other fabulous places to shop in the area. 

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    Editor’s note: For ease of reading, monthly rental prices were rounded to the nearest $25 and home values were rounded to the nearest $100.

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