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Recognitions

The Brazos Valley routinely receives high marks for its business atmosphere and quality of life. Here are some of the recognitions for the area.
 

Milken Institute - College Station/Bryan (2021)

  • #1 - Best-Performing Small Cities in Texas
  • #21 - Best-Performing Small Cities in the U.S. (out of 201 MSAs)

 


 

Niche - Brazos County (2021)
Overall Grade: A

  • #3 - Best Places for Outdoor Activities in Texas (top 17% in America)
  • #7 - Best Counties for Young Professionals in Texas (top 2% in America)
  • #9 - Healthiest Counties in Texas (top 8% in America)
  • #11 - Best Counties to Live in Texas (top 6% in America)

Niche - College Station (2021)
Overall Grade: A

  • #12 - Cities with the Best Public Schools in America (top 6%)
  • #21 - Best Cities to Raise a Family in America (top 10%)
  • #24 - Best Cities to Live in America (top 11%)

Niche - Bryan (2021)
Overall Grade: B+

  • #66 - Most Diverse Places to Live in Texas (top 7% in Texas, top 5% in America)
 

 

Simplemost - College Station (2021)

  • One of the Fastest Growing Cities Everyone Wants to Move To
 

 

Stacker - College Station (2021)

  • #25 - 100 Best Cities to Raise a Family
 

 

BestCollegeReviews.org - College Station (2021)

  • #1 - Best College Towns in Texas (top 25 in America)
"Texas A&M's status as a land, sea, and space-grant institution leads to a great deal of research in the area, as well as a stronger economy. Current research projects are being performed by big names such as NASA, the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research."
 

 

Business Insider - College Station/Bryan (2020)

  • One of the Texas Cities America is in Love With
 

 

Livability - College Station (2020)

  • #4 - Best Places to Live in Texas
  • #58 - Best Places to Live in the US (more than 1,000 cities examined)
"College Station is an energetic city in southeast Texas that you'll often hear mentioned alongside its sister city, Bryan. Bustling with students and professors, College Station is home to Texas A&M University and is affectionately referred to as 'Aggieland' (nearby, Bryan is home to Blinn College). This means the city has a constant streat of well-educated, talented employees ready and willing to work in tech companies, manufacturing facilities and beyond. College Station also offers residents an affordable quality of life, complete with excellent schools, top-notch healthcare, plenty of parks and warm weather."

Livability - College Station (2018)

  • #1 - Best College Towns in Texas
  • #6 - Best College Towns in the US
"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 Houston 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."
 

 

WalletHub - College Station (2020)

  • #20 - Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.
  • #6 - Fastest Growing Cities in Texas
  • #13 - Fastest Growing Mid-Sized Cities in the U.S. (Among 256 Cities)

WalletHub - Bryan (2020)

  • #3 - Fastest Growing Small-Sized Cities in Texas
 

 

Forbes - College Station/Bryan (2019)

  • #1 - Best Small Places for Business and Careers in Texas
  • #2 - Best Small Places for Business and Careers in the U.S.
  • #2 - Best Small Places for Cost of Business in Texas
  • #13 - Best Small Places for Cost of Business in the U.S.
  • #2 - Best Small Places for Job Growth in Texas
  • #22 - Best Small Places for Job Growth in the U.S.
  • #1 - Best Small Places for Education in Texas
  • #28 - Best Small Places for Education in the U.S.
(Forbes has a list of the top 200 metro areas in the nation, and another list of the next 200 it terms "small." The College Station/Bryan metro area has the sixth largest population on the second list.)

Forbes - College Station/Bryan (2018)

  • #2 - Small Cities Creating the Most Business Services Jobs
 

 

SmartAsset - College Station (2019)

  • #3 - Top Cities for Career Opportunities in the U.S.
  • #1 - Top Cities for Career Opportunities in Texas
"This city has the highest income growth over time in our top 10, at 74.69% and a top-5 rate overall. The presence of such a large university also gives College Station the highest concentration of higher education teachers at 44.02 per 1,000 workers and the highest concentration of career training counselors at 6.14 per 1,000 workers -- both of which are also top-5 rates."

SmartAsset - College Station (2019)

  • #16 - Top Boomtowns in America (out of 500 cities)
 

 

24/7 Wall Street - College Station/Bryan (2019)

  • #3 in Texas - America's Cheapest (Most Affordable) Cities Where Everyone Wants to Live Right Now
  • #39 in the U.S. - America's Cheapest (Most Affordable) Cities Where Everyone Wants to Live Right Now
 

 

American Planning Association - Texas Chapter - Bryan (2018)

  • Downtown Bryan - Great Place in Texas
"As with many communities, Bryan's downtown central business district experienced steady decline after World War II. However, in 2001, the City developed a Downtown Master Plan, which was key to Downtown Bryan's redevelopment and revitalization. Steady phased public investment to implement the plan sparked new business interests, including more than 50 restaurants, bars, and retail shops, four public theatres, three art galleries, and the renovated 50-room LaSalle Hotel, originally built in 1929."
 

 

Business Facilities - College Station/Bryan (2018)

  • #1 - Fastest Job Growth Rate in Texas (Mid-Sized Metro Areas)
  • #8 - Fastest Job Growth in the US (Mid-Sized Metro Areas)
  • #1 - Food Processing Employment (per capita) in Texas
  • #10 - Food Processing Employment (per capita) in the US
 

 

CardRates.com - College Station (2018)

  • #1 - 10 Cities Primed for Economic Growth & Opportunity
"Although the city has seen a population increase of about 25% over the last 10 years, College Station, with fewer than 120,000 residents, is large enough to offer city amenities, while still being small enough to maintain that hometown feel. College Station's unemployment rate is well below the national average at 2.7%, the lowest among the cities on our list, and the median household income has grown more than 80% since 2000. The city's largest employer is Texas A&M University, which has its main campus in College Station, and is nationally recognized as a Land-, Sea-, and Space-Grant Institution."
 

 

Kiplinger - College Station/Bryan (2018)

  • 15 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive
"Having a thriving university results in strong growth in jobs in professional and business services, health care, retail, hospitality and other services. The rate of job growth will accelerate in 2018. Texas A&M University is developing a 30-acre data center that could be among the world's largest. The A&M Health Science Center and the veterinary school sponsor a facility for manufacturing vaccines, including 1 million inoculation doses for the avian flu. A bio corridor is developing around this and a GlaxoSmithKline facility. Reynolds & Reynolds software is here. Sanderson Farms, one of the largest chicken suppliers in the United States, has a major processing facility just outside Bryan."
 

 

TopManagementDegrees.com - College Station (2018)

  • #15 - Best US Towns for Small Business
"57.3% of College Station residents hold a bachelors degree or higher, well over double the state average. College Station holds one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state."
 

 

Headlight Data - College Station/Bryan (2012-2017)

  • #9 - Millennial (ages 25-34) Population Growth in the U.S. (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)
  • #4 - MillennX (ages 34-39) Population Growth in the U.S. (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)
  • #5 - Generation X (ages 40-54) Population Growth from in the U.S. (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)
  • #7 - Baby Boomer (ages 55-69) Population Growth from in the U.S. (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)