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.”

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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