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Mission Statement

"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 

College Station is home to Texas A&M University, one of the country’s largest public institutions. The Aggies are members of the powerful Southeastern Conference, making big-time 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.

With a growing population of 124,300+, College Station is ranked No. 3 on Forbes’ list of the best small U.S. places for business and careers and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 cities for families and retirees. In addition, College Station is rated as the top college town in Texas and is listed as one of the 15 fastest-growing metros in the country. The city also boasts one of the lowest property tax rates in Texas.

In 2019, College Station ranked as the No. 1 best-performing small city in Texas by the Milken Institute and the No. 3 city nationally for career opportunities by SmartAsset.

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 provide convenient access from just about anywhere. College Station is the only city in the country with six nationally accredited departments -- parks, public works, water, fire, police and public safety communications.

We are among the safest and most family-friendly communities in Texas, consistently maintaining one of the state’s lowest crime rates. Kiplinger’s has ranked College Station among the nation’s 10 best places to raise a family, and the College Station Independent School District is rated among the top 12 nationally by Niche.com and has produced more than 100 national merit semifinalists in the last decade.

The city has worked closely with Texas A&M and the City of Bryan to develop a high-tech research area that will spark the area’s economic growth for years to come. Through December 2019, the area’s unemployment rate stood at 2.7 percent, which ranks among the lowest in Texas and nationally.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is one of the region's most popular tourist attractions with more than 125,000 annual visitors. The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park is another top attraction that features memorials for every American war.

College Station’s 58 public parks cover almost 1,400 acres, with many providing amenities such as tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, walking/jogging and nature trails, a competition-quality skate park, and a large outdoor amphitheater and festival site.

Sister Cities

The Bryan-College Station Sister Cities Association began in 1989 to promote cultural understanding, fellowship, and communications between our cities and our first sister city, Kazan, Russia. Today, we have three additional sister cities: Greifswald, Germany, Salamanca, Mexico and Bagstone, Belgium. The Association is an affiliate of Sister Cities International.

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