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Quality of Life

With it’s 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.

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

As the birthplace of community theater in Texas, San Angelo takes great pride in its cultural offerings. The city is home to the oldest community theater group in Texas, the San Angelo Civic Theater, the San Angelo Symphony, the San Angelo Ballet, and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. 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.


San Angelo has two acute care hospitals: San Angelo Community Medical Center and 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.