Grok Interactive Software Developer Jacob Ernst works at his desk.
Grok Interactive Software Developer Jacob Ernst works at his desk in the company's downtown office. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Technology degrees are in high demand, and so is the growing pool of tech talent in San Antonio that city leaders hope to cultivate to catalyze urban development and economic growth.

San Antonio’s Northwest Side is home to the most people with bachelor’s degrees in technology-related fields, according U.S. Census Bureau 2016 estimates. According to the data, 18,932 people reported holding a bachelor’s degree in computers, mathematics, or statistics in San Antonio in 2016.

The highest number of those degree holders – about 1,312 people – live in the area adjacent to USAA, the South Texas Medical Center, and south of the main campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the data shows. The area just west of SeaWorld, near Westover Hills, holds the second-highest number (903) of reported bachelor’s degrees in computers, math, and statistics.

These days, City leaders are focused on attracting more tech talent to live and work downtown. Last week, UTSA announced a $200 million plan to build new facilities and double its student population at its downtown campus. Rackspace co-founder and philanthropist Graham Weston also said he would make a $15 million gift to UTSA to help develop the university’s School of Data Science.

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Emily Royall

Emily Royall is the Rivard Report's former data director.