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#6. College Station, TX

Why It’s a Great Place to Go to College: Texas A&M is massive, serving more than 62,000 students each year. There are plenty of good reasons why this university is so attractive to so many Aggies. Tuition is affordable (particularly for Texas residents) and students can choose from more than 130 undergraduate, 170 master’s and 93 doctoral programs while they’re in College Station. Not to mention, students at A&M have tons of school spirit and pride, especially when fall rolls around and it’s time for Aggies football — the student section is lovingly referred to as the “12th Man” on the team.

Why It’s a Great Place to Live (Even If You’re Not a Student): College Station is quickly establishing itself as a high-tech, research-centric community — and biotech and energy companies have taken notice, setting up shop in the area’s “Biocorridor.” Plus, residents get small-town charm while staying connected to four major U.S. cities — Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas are all just a quick trip away. The city boasts more than 50 public parks and is also home to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

What Sets It Apart From Other College Towns: In College Station (and neighboring city Bryan), you’re just as likely to wear jeans and cowboy boots as you are running shoes or a nice outfit for a symphony performance. A warm climate, low unemployment and property tax rates and an affordable housing market all make College Station a great place to live. The bottom line? This town has stayed true to its central Texas roots while at the same time evolving with the times.

Iconic Pizza Place: Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice

Brunch Spot: The Village

Tailgating Must-Have: A maroon cowboy hat or boots — or both (obviously the right choice).

Shopping Street: Texas Avenue South

Best Local Hangover Cure: Sweat it out at a hot yoga class at The Yoga District. On Saturday mornings, the studio offers District 26, a 75-minute class at 100 to 105 degrees.

Best Place to Grab a Cheap Beer: Duddley’s Draw

Local Dream Job: Researcher with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, where you’ll study everything from the effects of fruit on cancer to methods for improving the health and production of various crops.

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