Quality of Life
With its fast-growing economy, a cost of living 12% lower than the national average, and numerous cultural and recreation possibilities, San Angelo residents enjoy a high quality of life.
Its over 100,000 community members take pride in Angelo State University, Goodfellow Air Force Base, the International Waterlily Collection, excellent medical facilities, and many events including The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo which began in 1932, making it one of the longest-running rodeos in the world. The versatile San Angelo State Park offers entertainment for all ages. The Concho River Walk has been designated one of five Great Public Spaces on the American Planning Association’s annual Great Places in America list.
San Angelo has consistently been ranked as one of the best small cities for business and employment. In 2013, it ranked fourth in the nation in Forbes magazine’s “Best Small Cities For Jobs” rankings. In 2010, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named San Angelo as one of the “Best Cities of the Next Decade”. In 2009, CNN Money ranked San Angelo as one of the best cities to launch a small business.
Recreation & Sports
Recreation enthusiasts will find plenty of adventure in San Angelo. The city is surrounded by three lakes which are popular summer spots for boating, fishing, and water skiing. Just outside the city limits is San Angelo State Park, home to America’s last herd of wild longhorn along with bison and deer. Visitors to the park can enjoy over 50 miles of trails and rent a cabin for the night.
The San Angelo River Walk was one of five additions to the American Planning Association’s Great Public Spaces list in 2017. It is the site of events year-round ranging from River Fest, hosted every summer featuring live music, fishing, and rafting, to the annual light show in the winter. The river walk helps bring the downtown to life year round.
San Angelo boasts a wealth of sports possibilities. The San Angelo Rodeo and Stock Show, the fourth largest in the world, features professional rodeo as well as activities for the kids. The Angelo State University Rams play football, basketball, and 11 other sports. The city is also home to three public golf courses, fourteen public tennis courts, two public swimming pools, and two country clubs which also offer golf, tennis, and swimming. Organized sports for children include basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, saddle club and gymnastics are offered by the City of San Angelo, Boys and Girls Club, and the YMCA.
Art & Culture
San Angelo offers a delightful mixture of the arts and culture of West Texas. From a sophisticated symphony that showcases artists such as the Vienna Boys Choir, to a civic ballet whose students regularly earn spots at top national dance academies, San Angelo offers art in forms that appeal to vast audiences. You will find everything from country and western music to the folk dances of Mexico performed on the city’s many stages. Patrons enjoy live shows at the state’s longest-running theater, Angelo Civic Theatre and on the Angelo State University campus. In addition, the San Angelo Symphony and the San Angelo Ballet add touches of fine art to the community. The Chicken Farm Art Center displays works by visual artists of all media, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, a world-class museum that received the prestigious National Museum Service Award, houses continually changing exhibits by artists from Texas and around the world. San Angelo’s Art in Uncommon Places ensures an inviting atmosphere throughout the city that residents and visitors can enjoy and reflects the abundance of local artists who call San Angelo home.
Healthcare in San Angelo is provided by Shannon Medical Center, which has been recognized as one of the top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Nation. San Angelo is widely recognized as a regional medical center. Acute care services available include cancer treatment and cardiac care. Other specialized medical facilities include a regional rehabilitation center, a geriatric care facility, and a mental health and drug rehabilitation hospital. There are currently 8 nursing homes and an additional 10 retirement centers providing a variety of living accommodations and levels of care, including Alzheimer’s care.