The city of Schertz, Texas has an unconventional shape to its boundaries that stretches it between three counties: Guadalupe, Comal, and Bexar. With its modest size of less than 30 square miles, it boasts a small overall population while still being the largest city in the Randolph Metrocom, the community of cities and towns that support and encircle Randolph Air Force Base, providing support for its operations.
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With a history stretching back to 1843 when the first settlers put down permanent dwellings in the area, Schertz nonetheless owes most of its growth to a boom in the area that started in the mid-1990s and brought prosperity to the entire Randolph Metrocom/San Antonio area. In addition to its proximity to San Antonio, the city also offers a variety of community events and cultural festivals, including its own one-day jazz festival Absolute Jazz, and its fourth of July celebration to honor those in the United States Armed Services. As a city with a population under 35,000, Schertz represents a single community more than most U.S. cities do, as reflected by its relatively centralized attractions like the Civic Center and YMCA and its lack of traditional neighborhood subdivisions.