SMALL-TOWN FEEL, BIG-CITY FEATURES
Ranked No. 1 in Texas on Forbes’ list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers in 2015, College Station has also been recognized as one of the nation’s best places for jobs, families and retirees. In addition, the city has been named America’s No. 1 college town and was a finalist for the nation’s friendliest. With a population closing in on 107,000, it is the largest city in the metropolitan area and boasts the fifth lowest property tax rate in the state among similar-sized communities.
College Station is home to Texas A&M University, one of the country’s largest public universities and a member of the powerful Southeastern Conference, making college sports a major local attraction. A&M’s international influence supplies a healthy diversity of race, culture and nationality that reflects much of the vibrancy, tradition and spirit that make the community a special place.
College Station is located in the heart of central Texas within a three-hour drive of five of the nation’s 20 largest cities. A network of well-maintained highways and a regional airport served by major airlines provides convenient access from just about anywhere. College Station is one of only two cities in the country with nationally accredited departments in parks, public works, water, police and police communications, and in 2011 was ranked as the No. 4 best-performing small metro in the U.S.
QUALITY RESOURCES FOR QUALITY LIVING
Education is a major focus of the College Station community. The College Station Independent School District has received many state and national awards, including more than 100 national merit semifinalists in the last decade.
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 125,000 annual visitors. Former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara make College Station their second home and are often seen around town.
College Station’s 52 public parks cover more than 1,400 acres, with many providing amenities such as tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, hiking trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, walking/jogging and nature trails, along with a competition-quality skate park and a large outdoor amphitheater and festival site. The city offers a variety of adult and youth recreational programs such as softball, basketball, volleyball and kickball leagues, summer swim lessons, and a competitive swim team, just to name a few.
In addition, College Station is among the safest and most family-friendly places in Texas, consistently maintaining one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Kiplinger’s has ranked College Station among the nation’s 10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids.
BRIGHT BUSINESS FUTURE
College Station is ranked No. 5 nationally and on Forbes list of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. The city has worked closely with Texas A&M and the City of Bryan to develop the One Health Plus Biocorridor, a high-tech research area that will spark the area’s economic growth for years to come.
In early 2013, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced plans for a $91 million influenza vaccine-manufacturing facility that will anchor the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. In the next 25 years, the center is expected to create about 7,000 jobs in Texas.
The College Station-Bryan area has received national recognition in a variety of economic and social categories:
- No. 5, Best Smallest Metro for Job Seekers (American Institute for Economic Research)
- No. 15, Fastest Growing U.S. Metros (U.S. Census Bureau)
- No. 1, Best Small Places in Texas for Business and Careers (Forbes)
- No. 5, U.S. Cities with the Fastest-Growing Economies (WalletHub)
- No. 10, Top College Towns (American Inst. for Economic Research)
- No. 43, Best U.S. Cities for Black Entrepreneurs (GoodCall.com)
- No. 17, Best Small Cities for Cost of Business (Forbes)
- No. 7, Most Improved Cities Since the Recession (NerdWallet)
- No. 8, Best-Performing Small Metros in U.S. (Milken Institute)
- No. 9, Best Small Cities for Jobs (Forbes)
- No. 11, America’s Most Internet-Connected Cities (Governing)
- No. 12, Best Cities for College Grads (Xfinity)
- No. 1, Most Exciting Cities in Texas (Gogobot.com)
- No. 1, Best Small Places in Texas for Education (Forbes)
- No. 2, Best Towns in Texas (Niche.com)
- No. 2, Best College Towns in the U.S. (WalletHub)
- No. 3, Texas Towns with the Best Public Schools (Niche.com)
- No. 4, Best U.S. Cities for Veterans to get an Education (USAA)
- No. 8, Top U.S. Cities with the Shortest Commute to Work (Safeco Insurance)
- No. 10, Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials (Business Insider)
- No. 5, Top College Football Towns in America (USA Today)
- No. 7, Best Cities for Work-Life Balance (NerdWallet)
- No. 7, Great Town-Gown Relations (The Princeton Review)
- No. 9, Best Places for Veterans (USAA)
- No. 17, Best Small Cities for Education (Forbes)
- No. 3, Great Places to Live (Kiplinger)
- No. 5, Top College Football Towns in America (Bleacher Report)
- No. 73, Most Affordable U.S. Cities (NerdWallet)
- America’s Friendliest Small Town (Rand McNally/USA Today)
- No. 4, Great Places to Retire (USA Today)
- Top 25 Cities for Working Retirement (Forbes)
- No. 4, Best Cities for Military Retirement (USAA)