Alamo Heights is an incorporated city that is surrounded by the city of San Antonio in Bexar County in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Greater San Antonio metropolitan area. A portion of the University of the Incarnate Word is in Alamo Heights. Alamo Heights is about 5 miles north of downtown San Antonio, the urban core of the seventh largest city in America, and is completely surrounded by the city of San Antonio. The City of Alamo Heights was incorporated in 1922. Eventual growth to the north would happen later with the annexation of Bluebonnet Hills and Sylvan Hills in 1928 and 1944, respectively.
Alamo Heights is bordered by the following neighborhoods: Lincoln Heights to the north, Olmos Park to the west, Brackenridge Park and Fort Sam Houston to the south, and Terrell Hills to the east. All of them are districts within San Antonio except for Terrell Hills and Olmos Park, both independent cities like Alamo Heights. Alamo Heights is about 3 miles (5 km) south of the San Antonio International Airport and 5 miles (8 km) north of downtown San Antonio, both of which are accessible via Broadway and U.S. 281 North.
Alamo Heights’ residents are usually middle class to very wealthy. The city, along with Terrell Hills, Olmos Park, and the City of San Antonio districts of Lincoln Heights and Brackenridge Park, represent the “old money” social spectrum of San Antonio. In contrast, the outer northern neighborhoods and suburbs generally consist of middle class and “new money” residents. The median income per household in Alamo Heights was $77,257 in 2008 (compared to $64,688 in 2000), while the median per family income was $86,897. Males had a median income of $60,527 versus $37,089 for females. The per capita income for the city was estimated to be $56,335 in 2008. About 1.6% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.