Economic Stability

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Economic Stability

Economic stability refers to a person’s ability to afford things such as:

  • Quality housing
  • Health care
  • Medications
  • Healthy food
  • Transportation
  • Costs associated with education

People who can afford the things they need are more likely to live longer than those who can’t. This is because they have better access to health care, healthy food, safe housing, clean water, etc.

People who are unemployed or living in poverty have less access to healthy food, quality housing and health care. Plus, the stress of being unemployed or living in poverty can contribute to some health conditions.

Economic Stability Data

The economic stability of a community can be measured by rates of unemployment and poverty.

Compared to the U.S., Bexar County has a:

  • Higher unemployment rate
  • Higher population living in poverty
  • Lower median household income

(Unemployment rate data is from 2023. Population in poverty data is from 2017-2021.)

Median Household Income in Bexar County, Texas, and the US. Data from: US Census Bureau, 2023

Percent of Population Living in Poverty in Bexar County, Texas, and the US Data from: Texas Workforce Commission, 2024

Unemployment Rate in Bexar County, Texas, and the US  Data from: US Census Bureau, 2023

University Health Resources

Primary Care

University Health provides primary care for adults and children in Bexar County. Find a primary clinic near you.


NurseLink is a phone triage system that connects current University Health patients to a nurse any time of the day, any day of the week. Call NurseLink at 210-358-3000.


healthyUexpress is the mobile primary care unit from University Health. It provides services including physicals, checkups, immunizations and sick visits.

University Health school-based clinics

School-based clinics provide pediatric primary care services close to your home. These clinics provide:

  • Health screenings
  • Treatment for common ailments and injuries
  • Sports physicals
  • Checkups

Connecting Kids to Coverage

Connecting Kids to Coverage enrolls Bexar County children in health care coverage. Children and their families can enroll in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).


CareLink is a financial assistance program for Bexar County families who don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for other coverage. CareLink is not health insurance but makes health care services at University Health more affordable. Learn more on our website or call 210-358-3350

Community Resources


AlamoPROMISE covers tuition and fees for high school graduates seeking an academic certificate or associate’s degree at one of the five Alamo Colleges.

San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA)

SALSA provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families.

San Antonio Financial Empowerment Center

The San Antonio Financial Empowerment Center offers free financial counseling. Certified financial counselors help with a wide range of personal and financial issues.

Project QUEST

Project QUEST provides job training for people interested in careers in:

  • Health care
  • Manufacturing and trades
  • IT and cybersecurity

Project QUEST provides:

  • Rental assistance
  • Scholarships
  • Job interview prep
  • Funds for tuition and books

Ready to Work

Ready to Work is an education and job placement program led by the City of San Antonio. Ready to Work pays for training and education programs for over 28,000 eligible adults.

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Find community resources like food, housing and mental health services close to home.