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B-CS ranked among America’s 10 Great Places to Live
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance rankings focus on livability in small and mid-size cities
Posted Date: 7/25/2013 9:00 AM
Bryan-College Station has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2013 list of 10 Great Places to Live.  The twin cities are ranked third on the list, behind Little Rock, Ark. and Burlington, Vt.

The rankings appear in Kiplinger’s September 2013 issue—on newsstands Aug. 6, 2013—and available online now.

Kiplinger’s 10 Great Places to Live

1.    Little Rock, Arkansas
2.    Burlington, Vermont
3.    Bryan-College Station, Texas
4.    Santa Fe, New Mexico
5.    Columbia, South Carolina
6.    Billings, Montana
7.    Morgantown, West Virginia
8.    Ithaca, New York
9.    Anchorage, Alaska
10.  Dubuque, Iowa
The rankings place an emphasis on small and mid-size cities, considering metro areas with a population of one million or less that have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care.  

The mayors of Bryan and College Station weren’t surprised by the ranking.

“Bryan is an exceptional city, no matter what stage of life you’re in,” Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said. “We have access to the best in education and health care, we’re experiencing strong business development and job growth in all areas of the city, and our historic downtown is once again earning the reputation as a true destination.  We really mean it when we say Bryan offers The Good Life, Texas Style.”

“I’m delighted Kiplinger's recognized us as a great place to live,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said.  “Of course, it's no secret to those who call College Station home. We're a safe city, have great parks and amenities, super schools and a wonderful arts community; plus, we're home to Texas A&M University.  Add it up and you're living in one of the greatest places in the country.”

Kiplinger’s perspective
“Each year we take a look at America’s cities and choose those that stand out in a particular category—say, for raising a family, starting out after college or enjoying retirement,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “The cities in this year’s rankings have a manageable size combined with a wide range of benefits that allow residents to enjoy a convenient and comfortable lifestyle.”

Web visitors will find special features, including a tool to find your best city, a slide show of the 10 Great Places to Live—including picks of what the locals love—and a tool to see how your city stacks up against Kiplinger’s picks. In addition, the ranking will be listed with Kiplinger’s other city rankings in the Best Cities, States & Places special report available at


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