Small-town feel, big-city features

Ranked No. 1 on CardRates’s U.S. Cities Primed for Economic Growth, College Station has also been widely 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 118,000, it is the largest city in the metropolitan area and boasts one of the 10 lowest property tax rates in the state.

College Station is home to Texas A&M University, one of the country’s largest public universities. The Aggies are members of the powerful Southeastern Conference, which makes college sports a major 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 and unique 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 provide convenient access from just about anywhere. College Station is the only city in the country with nationally accredited departments in parks, public works, water, fire, police and public safety telecommunications. In 2016, it was ranked as the No. 2 best-performing small metro in the U.S.

Resources for high-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. ranks our public schools as the 12th-best in the country.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 125,000 annual visitors. For many years, former President George H. W. Bush and first lady Barbara made College Station their second home. Barbara was recently buried at the library site.

College Station’s 58 public parks cover almost 1,400 acres, with many providing amenities such as tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, splash pads, 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. listed it among the 25 safest cities in the country in 2017, and Kiplinger’s has ranked College Station among the nation’s 10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids.

Promising business climate

College Station ranks No. 2 nationally 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 Research Valley and BioCorridor, which continues to attract high-tech businesses from around the world.

Axis Pipe and Tube’s highly automated, state-of-the-art facility is impacting the energy sector, and Wayfair’s new 450 employee service center is revolutionizing internet shopping experiences. These businesses and many more are catalyzing local investments in transportation and logistics, advanced materials, life sciences and IT.

Nationally recognized community

The College Station-Bryan area has received national recognition in a variety of economic and social categories:



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