Best Places to Live

College Station, TX

Population: 101,141
LIV
SCORE
593
Photo Courtesy of Experience Bryan College Station

This small Texas city enjoys a strong economy fueled by Texas A&M University. With scores that soar in the categories of infrastructure and education, College Station secured a spot on this year’s Top 100 Best Places to Live and our 2018 ranking of the Best College Towns in America.

If you are passionate about football and BBQ and want to live in a fun, youthful city that offers great job options — and job security — then you’ll definitely want to consider living the good life in College Station.

Local Obsession: Football! Texas A&M University football team. Go Aggies!

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Flip-flops are always an option.

Top Industries and Employers: College Station’s top industries are education and healthcare. The top employers are Texas A&M, Bryan ISD and College Station ISD.

Local Dream Job: Pitmaster at Martin’s Place … because BBQ!

Quintessential Meal: College Station loves its BBQ. Try Martin’s Place or C&J BBQ.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Take in a show at Opas Theater at Texas A&M.

After-Work Meetup Spot: The rooftop patio at The Corner Bar and Rooftop Grill.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: World of Beer. Try their Beermosa while grubbing on a German Pretzel dipped in Brown Ale Beer Cheese.

Beloved Bookstore: Half Price Books is a family-owned chain where locals can buy and sell secondhand books, movies and music.

Free Way to Have Fun: Head to Lake Bryan for kayaking, canoeing and swimming.

- Annette Benedetti

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“College Station definitely has a different feel than your typical college town. The University is a world of its own. It has its own little city. But you’re just minutes away from a drive through the countryside overlooking pastures that are filled with cattle and other beautiful wildlife. It’s the perfect break away from the hustle and bustle of the workday. It’s one of the safest places I’ve lived, and it’s a great place to raise a family.”

Melissa Maraj-Bubela
Marketing Communications Manager at Texas A&M University

College Station, TX Ranking Data

Civic
62
Demographics
52
Economy
73
Education
61
Health
68
Housing
33
Infrastructure
73