Continuing Bexar County's amazing transition over the past eight years, San Antonio now ranks an amazing Number One on Forbes Magazine’s list of America's New Brainpower Cities, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Forbes concedes that for most of it's history, San Antonio's military and tourism based economy mainly attracted low wage jobs, and says one in six residents today does not have a high school diploma, let alone a college degree.
But Forbes says 'the old Texas town has many amenities that appeal to educated workers, notably great food and a good nightlife scene. In addition, it boasts one of the fastest growing regional economies in the country, with expanding tech and energy businesses, something that may have particular appeal in this still weak economy.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who is among those who has been working to make San Antonio more attractive to college graduates, praised the report.
"With a young work force, they can go anywhere," he said. "If we are getting brain power here, that means other companies are going to locate here."
In fact, San Antonio ranks ahead of Austin on the list. Austin is number three, Houston is number six, and Dallas is number 12.
Forbes points out that for decades, San Antonio was a net loser in college graduates, meaning when students graduated from high school, they frequently left San Antonio to attend college, and never returned. Today, young people from other places are attending college and then are choosing to move to San Antonio.
"With what has been done with Rackspace, with Geekdom downtown, we're on the right path," Wolff said.
Forbes also points out that unlike traditional high tech destinations, like San Francisco and San Jose, San Antonio is actually affordable for a new college grad. It points out that a young person cal live well on a starting salary in San Antonio, where in San Francisco, "65,000 a year gets you a shared apartment and no car."
"San Antonio has had a net gain of 76,000 college educated people since 2007," the report says.