SMALL-TOWN FEEL, BIG-CITY FEATURES
Since officially becoming a city in 1938, College Station has grown from a tiny town of just 2,000 people to a diverse community of more than 100,000. Despite its exponential growth, College Station has found a way to maintain a small-town feel while offering abundant entertainment and recreational opportunities in a safe and wholesome environment.
College Station is located in the heart of central Texas within a three-hour drive of five of the nation’s 20 largest cities. It is the largest city in the metropolitan area and boasts the fifth lowest property tax rate in the state among similar-sized communities. 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.
It is among the safest and most family-friendly places in Texas, consistently maintaining one of the lowest crime rates in the state. In addition, College Station has a strong spirtual side with every major religion represented among more than 80 houses of worship.
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.
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.
If you are looking for nightlife or great local cuisine, the vibrant Northgate District is the place to be. Located across University Drive from campus, the area includes an array of shops, bars and eateries to satisfy every taste. More than $240 million in new Northgate development is planned in the next few years.
With a seating capacity of 7,500, the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater is a popular outdoor concert venue that has hosted such headliners as Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marshall Tucker Band and Bo Diddley. The park also is the site of the festive Christmas at the Creek event each December.
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.
PARKS & RECREATION
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 more than 60 miles of bike trails. 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.
BRIGHT BUSINESS FUTURE
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 City of College Station’s Economic Development Team is always seeking new and innovative projects to benefit the community.
The College Station-Bryan area has received prestigious national recognition in a variety of economic and social categories since 2009:
- No. 4, Fastest-Growing College Towns – SelfStorage (2015)
- No. 2, Fastest-Growing City in U.S. – NerdWallet (2014)
- No. 2, Fastest-Growing College Towns – SpareFoot (2013)
- No. 2, Best Small Cities for Business and Careers – Forbes (2014)
- No. 7, Most Improved Cities Since the Recession – NerdWallet (2014)
- No. 8, Best-Performing Small Metros in U.S. – Milken Institute (2014)
- No. 8, Best Small Cities for Job Growth – Forbes (2014)
- No. 9, Best Small Cities for Jobs – Forbes (2014)
- No. 7, Texas Cities on the Rise – NerdWallet (2014)
- No. 11, America’s Most Internet-Connected Cities – Governing (2014)
- No. 22, Best Small Cities for Business Costs – Forbes (2014)
- No. 4, Best-Performing Small Metros in U.S. – Milken Institute (2011)
- Five Cities in Full-Blown Economic Expansion – MSNBC (2010)
- No. 12, Best Cities for College Grads – Xfinity (2013)
Quality of Life
- No. 2, Best Towns in Texas – Niche.com (2015)
- No. 2, Best Texas Towns for Millennials – Niche.com (2015)
- No. 3, Texas Towns with the Best Public Schools – Niche.com (2015)
- No. 4, Texas Towns with the Most Things to Do – Niche.com (2015)
- America’s Friendliest Small Town – Rand McNally/USA Today (2012)
- No. 1, America’s Best College Towns – Livability (2012)
- No. 3, Great Places to Live – Kiplinger’s (2013)
- No. 3, Great Cities for Raising Families – Kiplinger’s (2010)
- No. 7, Best Cities for Work-Life Balance – NerdWallet (2014)
- No. 5, Best College Towns & Cities in America – WalletHub (2014)
- No. 17, Best Small Cities for Education – Forbes (2014)
- No. 13, Best Places for Young Families in Texas – NerdWallet (2014)
- No. 10, Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials – Business Insider (2015)
- No. 9, Best Places for Veterans – USAA (2014)
- No. 5, Top College Football Towns in America – USA Today (2014)
- No. 5, Top College Football Towns in America – Bleacher Report (2013)
- No. 7, Great Town-Gown Relations – The Princeton Review (2014)
- No. 6, Top 10 Affordable College Towns – The Simple Dollar (2014)
- No. 5, Top U.S. Cities for Hipsters – CBS Moneywatch (2015)
- No. 8, Best Commuter Cities in Texas – The Obrella Insider (2015)
- No. 73, Most Affordable U.S. Cities – NerdWallet (2013)
- No. 6, Top College Football Towns for Grownups – MSN (2013)
- No. 11, Smartest Cities in America – Lumosity (2013)
- Bicycle Friendly Community – League of American Bicyclists (2011)
- No. 4, Great Places to Retire – USA Today (2013)
- 25 Best Places to Retire – Forbes (2013)
- Top 25 Cities for Working Retirement – Forbes (2012)
- No. 4, Best Cities for Military Retirement – USAA (2011)