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Climate played an important role in the early development of San Angelo. When tuberculosis became widespread in the early 20th Century, patients from all across the United States were sent to a treatment center near San Angelo for the benefits of the dry air (San Angelo's elevation is 1,902 feet). San Angelo's three lakes and rivers flowing through the city do add some morning humidity. The annual morning average is 79%, but that drops to an afternoon average of a comfortable 44%. Temperatures can be in the 100's during the summer months, but low humidity in the 10% to 20% range keeps that "heat index" down. If your interest is golf and other outdoor activities, you will enjoy the winters. Snow and sleet are not common, but once or twice each winter there will be some snowfall or sleet. It disappears quickly, however. From an employer's view, San Angelo has no lost work time because of the weather.
Verizon not only serves San Angelo with telephone service, but is also one of the largest employers in the city. Over 1,500 Verizon employees work in the West Texas/New Mexico Division and the 3 national department headquarters located here. Verizon has a totally digital switching system with fiber optic service available to most San Angelo business locations. ISDN service is also available in San Angelo. San Angelo communications services provide that latest technology for voice, data, and video transmission. San Angelo's communications service was a major factor in such locations as a USAA Computer Disaster Recovery Center, a State of Texas Computer Disaster Recovery Center, and SITEL Corporation's presence with over 1,300 employees - their largest telecommunications center in their world-wide operations.
Long distance carriers include Verizon, MCI, Sprint, Action Telcom, Communications, etc., McLeod, StarTel, Tel-Pro Communications Systems, AT&T, Central Texas Communications providing LMDS Service, and U.S. Long Distance. Four companies provide cellular service to San Angelo customers: West Central Wireless, Cellular One, Western Communications, and Cellular Solutions. Companies provide direct computer Internet service.
As in most communities, the services sector has had the most dramatic growth.
San Angelo offers a wide array of entertainment! While San Angelo is famous for our steakhouses, authentic Mexican food and an assortment of other ethnic cuisines lend versatility to the community's dining options. Afterward, family and friends may join together at one of the local theaters. Or top your dining experience by sampling our diversity of musical talent. Whether searching for live Country Western, Rock-N-Roll, Jazz, Blues, Tejano, Disco, Hip Hop or Retro, a night on the town promises a wide variety of fun.
Lake Nasworthy, Twin Buttes and San Angelo State Park's O.C. Fisher Reservoir are located in the southwest and northwest areas of San Angelo. They offer all types of water recreation and excellent fishing opportunities. The Concho River, named for the mussels that produce the unique Concho Pearl, has always been a treasure to our city. The River Beautification Project features a paved river walk, beautiful gardens, a river plaza, 14 fountains, a jogging/walking trail, golf course and a heritage trail connecting the river to Fort Concho and El Paseo de Santa Angela - all in downtown San Angelo.
San Angelo sits smack in the middle of an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. There are two lakes inside the city limits and four more within an hour's driving time, plus some of the best hunting opportunities to be found in the state for white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, Rio Grande turkey, quail, dove, seasonal waterfowl and even many species of non-native exotic wildlife. San Angelo is a hub for an exciting array of outdoor sports.