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Old 10-16-2007, 11:19 AM
 
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For people who live in any of the small incorporated cities surrounded by the city of San Antonio, do you mention San Antonio at all when giving your mailing address, or do you only mention the city in question followed by the state and the zip code?
How about when describing where you live, when asked informally?
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Old 10-16-2007, 12:37 PM
 
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I've lived in both a city and township within San Antonio. Both times I've used San Antonio as my address. I used to get some direct marketing stuff citing Alamo Heights, but by and large, San Antonio is what I used.

As far as the post office is concerned, either will work.

In conversation, I use the name of the city because it is more informative.
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: NW KCMO 64151
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The city of Shavano Park recently changed their "preferred" city (i.e., the city used on mailing addresses) from SA to SP. I'm not aware of any other cities that have done this. This isn't limited to SA either, btw, if you live in Highland Park or University Park, for instance, your mailing address will most likely be Dallas. I do know that if I lived Alamo Heights or somewhere like that, I'd totally be putting Alamo Heights, TX on my mailing address, because what's the point of living in an upscale suburban city if youre gonna put "San Antonio" on your mailing labels??
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Some places that look you up via zip code would always ask "is that Alamo Heights, San Antonio, or Terrell Hills" I always respond San Antonio, for one thing it's true, but I think it would get to my house if I gave any city. Although the post office for 09 is in Alamo Heights. Also if you are shipping some where from a store direct, they base sales tax on the address it's going to. I recently shipped something to my aunt in Converse and the sales tax was still 7.85% versus San Antonio's.
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I live in 78209 and NOT in Alamo Heights. So the zip doesn't really determine a city. I think the general expectation is if you live within the limits of SA, even in an incorporated city within the city limits, then put SA as your address. The exact neighborhood doesn't really matter with the USPS.
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:12 PM
 
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How about when describing where you live, when asked informally?
I think most people would use the name of the incorporated city or community they live in. Like, you might tell someone I live in Leon Valley, or I live in Westcreek, or I live in Sonterra, when the community is large enough or well-known enough to help people identify where you are talking about. On the other hand, I notice that if people live in just a normal neighborhood, or in a subdivision that's just a regular-sized development, they are much more likely to say, I live by Madison High School, or in the Med Center.

Fair Oaks Ranch is another one that you sometimes on mailing labels, but I think that's because FOR is really big and is in three counties. I think the part inside Bexar County is considered San Antonio but the parts in Kendall and Comal counties are Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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Adkins is not incorporated and they put Adkins and not San Antonio on the address. It depends on the post office doesn't.
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Fair Oaks Ranch is another one that you sometimes on mailing labels, but I think that's because FOR is really big and is in three counties. I think the part inside Bexar County is considered San Antonio but the parts in Kendall and Comal counties are Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas.
When entering my address as Fair Oaks Ranch and the zip 78015 over the internet, it often comes back and asks me if I mean Boerne even though I'm in the Bexar County part. No, I don't mean Boerne, but how do you argue with a computer! I just go with the flow...
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Old 10-16-2007, 07:28 PM
 
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Yes, FOR is just in a confusing place! Too many different jurisdictions all crash together right there off Fair Oaks Parkway.
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My bro-in-law operates a mail sorter at the post office. He tells me that the machines that scan the mail at the post office won't care what you use for the city, as long as the zip code is legible and correct.
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