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"On behalf of the citizens of College Station, home of Texas A&M University, the city council will promote and advance the community's quality of life."
SMALL-TOWN FEEL, BIG-CITY FEATURES
Ranked No. 3 on Kiplinger magazine’s list of 10 Great Places to Live, College Station has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 places for business, jobs, families and retirees. In addition, the city has been named America’s No. 1 college town and was a finalist for the nation’s friendliest. With a population of more than 107,000, it ranks among the 15 fastest-growing metros in the country. In addition,
College Station boasts one of the lowest property tax rates in Texas, and despite its exponential growth, 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. A network of well-maintained highways and a regional airport served by major airlines provides convenient access from just about anywhere.
College Station is the only city in the country with nationally accredited departments -- parks, public works, water, fire, police and public safety communications. It is among the safest and most family-friendly places in Texas, consistently maintaining one of the state’s lowest crime rates. Kiplinger’s has also ranked College Station among the nation’s 10 best places to raise a family.
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. ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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 55 public parks cover 1,377 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
In 2015, College Station ranked No. 2 nationally on Forbes magazine’s list of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. The city has worked closely with Texas A&M and the City of Bryan to develop the Biocorridor, a high-tech research area that will spark the area’s economic growth for years to come.
In 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 across Texas.
In May 2016, the area’s unemployment rate stood at 3.3 percent, which ranks among the lowest in Texas and nationally.
The City of College Station's Economic Development Team is always seeking new and innovative projects to benefit the community. Learn more at cstx.gov/grow.
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