San Antonio is the second-largest city in the state of Texas and the seventh-largest city in the United States with a population of 1.33 million. The city is the seat of Bexar County. Located in the American Southwest and the northern part of South Texas, San Antonio is the center of Tejano culture and Texas tourism.The city is characteristic of other Southwest urban centers in which there are sparsely populated areas and a low density rate outside of the city. It was the fourth-fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006 and the fifth-fastest-growing from 2007 to 2008. The San Antonio–New Braunfels metropolitan area has a population of 2.14 million based on the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the 25th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S and third in Texas.