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10 Best College Towns

Best College Towns

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College Station, TX

Academic Building at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo: Texas A&M University

Check out the College Station, TX section of Livability.com for more info, articles, and photos of the city.

More college than town, College Station, TX, offers a low cost of living, plenty of watering holes with a country-western vibe and a spirited bunch of Aggie fans.

College students outnumber permanent residents here, but that doesn't mean this isn't a great place for families. The community is invited to attend theater and live music performances at Texas A&M and utilize the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The city has a well-maintained collection of parks, athletic fields and recreational centers. College Station is a walkable city and includes several trails and bike paths. Gibbons Creek Reservoir and nearby Lake Bryan both offer swimming, fishing and boating activities.

The party crowd has more than 20 bars, pubs and taverns to mingle in. College Station has one of the highest bar to resident ratios in the world. Many are within walking distance from campus and feature live music. One of the more popular hangouts is Dry Bean Saloon, a narrow bar that serves a long list of shots. It's located next to the Dixie Chicken, a bar known for serving the most beer per square foot of any bar in the country. The city has a good mix of restaurants and local shops. 

 

City Population (2010 Census): 93,857

Student Population: 50,000

College(s): Texas A&M

Don't Miss: The Republic for steaks, Terrazzo for coffee and wine, O'Bannon's Tap House for drinks

Check out our previous College Towns Lists:

Top College Towns in 2011

Best College Towns in 2010

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