Universal City is a city located primarily in Bexar county, though slivers of its territory stretch into Guadalupe county, Texas, United States. It borders San Antonio to the northeast, and is adjacent to Randolph Air Force Base. The population was 18,530 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Universal City Texas began its life at the north gate of Randolph Field. Randolph began operations in 1931 and the following year a nearby gas station was built. This was the begining of the town, Universal City. The name was chosen to denote “the universal importance” of the air base.
During the first 3 decades the population remained small. In 1960 there was still less than 1,000 Universal City Citizens. A lumber company began building homes in 1950. In 1963 when the base population was increased by the transfer of the Air Force Manpower Personnel Center from Washington, D. C. Universal City’s status as a “real” city was accepted. Universal City got its first Post Office in 1971. The population was estimated at only 950 in 1964. But by the 1970s grew to 7,500 prople. The majority of Universal City’s population is either retired military or active military living off base. Schools are in the Judson ISD of Converse, Texas.