CS primed for bright 2018 – but don’t take our word for it

No one is surprised these days when College Station gets ranked among the nation’s top college towns, as a great place for business, or as one of the best places to live.

The criteria publications and financial websites use to compile those rankings are usually based on data from the past year. The lists are usually divided into population categories, too.

A website called is different. This week it was bold enough to make predictions about what’s ahead by publishing a list of “10 cities Primed for Economic Growth and Opportunity in 2018.” It included cities as small as 5,178 people (Evansville, Wisc.) to as large as 947,897 (Austin).

By now, you’ve probably guessed that College Station made the list. Why else would we be blogging about it? But you may be surprised that we are ranked No. 1.

That’s right. CardRates says College Station’s economy could be as good as it gets in the entire country in 2018. In developing the list, CardRates took factors such as pay, cost of living and unemployment rates into consideration.

Here’s what they had to say about us:

College Station is located roughly equidistant from Houston and Austin. Although the city has seen a population increase of about 25 percent over the last 10 years, College Station, with fewer than 120,000 residents, is large enough to offer city amenities, while still being small enough to maintain that hometown feel.

College Station’s unemployment rate is well below the national average at 2.7 percent, the lowest among the cities on our list, and the median household income has grown more than 80 percent since 2000. The city’s largest employer is Texas A&M University, which has its main campus in College Station, and is nationally recognized as a Land-, Sea-, and Space-Grant Institution.

Here’s the full list:

We already knew we were doing pretty well, but it’s nice – and a bit exciting – to know others feel the same way.


College Station-Bryan among nation’s best for job growth

College Station-Bryan hits the list at no. 5.

The full story from is at this link, but a key excerpt is:

Many of the hardest-hit regions over the decade, such as Rockford and Binghamton, are either manufacturing centers or home to a single industry. By contrast, regions with the top employment gains were college towns or those supported by tech or energy firms. 

Largest Metro Job Losses Top Job Growth Rates
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ -10.7% Austin-Round Rock, TX 31.9%
Binghamton, NY -8.6% Provo-Orem, UT 30.8%
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA -8.0% Greeley, CO 25.5%
Lafayette, LA -7.2% Lake Charles, LA 24.2%
Rockford, IL -6.8% College Station-Bryan, TX 23.3%
Peoria, IL -6.8% Nashville-Davidson, TN 23.2%
Fort Smith, AR-OK -6.6% Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 23.1%
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC -6.3% Fort Collins, CO 22.8%
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH -6.0% San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 22.7%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA -6.0% Fargo, ND-MN 20.3%

Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas – U.S. Census data from over a five-year period has allowed us to see which cities people are moving to in Texas. The® team sifted through census data and ranked the top 20 Texas cities with the highest percentage of inbound movers.

Expansion in South College Station

Top 20 College Towns

#10, College Station-Bryan, Texas
American Institute for Economic Research

College Station is home to the main campus of Texas A&M University, the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. The main campus is one of the largest in America, and has about 240 students per 1,000 residents. It ranks tenth in our College Destinations Index for its 7.9% unemployment rate and a 35.7% college educated population.

Complete rankings
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Princeton Review, NerdWallet rank College Station among best in U.S.

College Station is among the nation’s top 10 cities for work-life balance and for great “town-gown” relations, according to separate online rankings released this week.

Best Cities for Work-Life Balance

NerdWallet ranked College Station No. 7 among 536 American cities for best work-life balance. NerdWallet, which describes itself as “a consumer-friendly financial literacy website that helps consumers make better decisions about their personal finances and more,” released its rankings Tuesday.

Among the factors analyzed were weekly hours worked, commute time and income/cost of living. College Station was referenced as “a quintessential college town” where workers can “unwind at one of the 52 parks in the city.”

  1. Bloomington, Indiana
  2. Provo, Utah
  3. Gainesville, Florida
  4. Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  5. Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  6. Iowa City, Iowa
  7. College Station, Texas
  8. Eugene Oregon
  9. Bellingham, Washington
  10. Kalamazoo, Michigan
Great Town-Gown Relations

Meanwhile, The Princeton Review released multiple updated rankings for America’s colleges. One of those lists focuses on universities and home cities that have a great “town-and-gown” relationship. Texas A&M/College Station ranked No. 7.

  1. Clemson | Clemson, South Carolina
  2. Virginia Tech | Blacksburg, Virginia
  3. Saint Michael’s College | Colchester, Vermont
  4. Gordon College | Wenham, Massachusetts
  5. Kansas State | Manhattan, Kansas
  6. Loyola | New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Texas A&M | College Station, Texas
  8. Auburn | Auburn, Alabama
  9. Mississippi | Oxford, Mississippi
  10. Agnes Scott College | Decatur, Georgia

“Rankings of this kind can certainly make a difference when families and businesses are making decisions,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said. “We’re still enjoying the recent news of Forbes recognizing our community as a top location for business and careers. The common denominator in all this, of course, is Texas A&M. I can’t remember a more exciting time to be in College Station.”

Related Link: College Station Recognitions



Forbes ranks B-CS No. 2 nationally for business, careers

Bryan-College Station is ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in Texas on Forbes’ 2014 list of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. No other Texas city ranks in the top 35.

In compiling the list, Forbes considered 12 factors related to jobs, business costs, living costs, income growth, quality of life and education. Forbes used data from Moody’s Analytics, the U.S. Census and Sperling’s BestPlaces.

Forbes ranks B-CS No. 8 in job growth, No. 17 in education and No. 22 in cost of doing business.

The ranking is the highest for Bryan-College Station on Forbes’ annual list, which includes cities with populations under 250,000. This is the fourth straight year the community has ranked in the top 10. B-CS was ranked No. 5 last year, No. 6 in 2012, and No. 9 in 2011.

Four Texas cities made Forbes’ best large metros list – No. 13 Dallas, No. 15 Houston, No. 16 San Antonio and No. 19 Austin. All are located within a three-hour drive of B-CS.

Forbes’ Top 10 Small U.S. Cities for Business and Careers

(250,000 pop. or less)

  1. Fargo, N.D.
  2. College Station, Texas
  3. Mankato, Minn.
  4. Logan, Utah
  5. Sioux Falls, S.D.
  6. Columbia, Mo.
  7. Palm Coast, Fla.
  8. Dubuque, Iowa
  9. Lafayette, Ind.
  10. Auburn, Ala.
Forbes’ Top 10 Small Texas Cities for Business and Careers

(250,000 pop. or less / National Rank)

  1. College Station (2)
  2. Amarillo (38)
  3. San Angelo (43)
  4. Longview (49)
  5. Waco (53)
  6. Midland (62)
  7. Longview (72)
  8. Tyler (79)
  9. Odessa (80)
  10. Sherman (86)
National Recognition

The Bryan-College Station area has received national recognition in a variety of economic and social categories since 2010. For a complete list, go to



CS named nation’s sixth most affordable college town

Texas A&M University
The impressive list of national accolades for College Station continues to grow.

Texas A&M today announced that Simple Dollar, an online publication that offers financial guidance, has named College Station as the sixth most affordable college town in the nation.

“It’s such a privilege to be home to a world-class university,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said. “Our low tax rate makes College Station highly attractive, but it’s really more than that. People are moving here for our public schools, healthcare, green spaces, new industry and, increasingly, to retire in the same place where they spent the best years of their lives — at Texas A&M.”

The Simple Dollar top 10 affordable college towns:

  1. Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee)
  2. Cookeville, Tenn. (Tennessee Tech)
  3. Conway, Ark. (Hendrix College)
  4. Cedar City, Utah (Southern Utah)
  5. Gainesville, Fla. (Florida)
  6. College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
  7. Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana)
  8. Muncie, Ind. (Ball State)
  9. Kalamazoo, Mich. (Western Michigan)
  10. Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Alabama)

Here’s the link to A&M’s story:
College Station Ranked Among Nation’s Top 10 Most Affordable College Towns