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

College Station/Bryan

  • #3 - Best Small Places for Business and Careers in the US
  • #1 - Best Small Places for Business and Careers in Texas
  • #15 - Best Small Places for Cost of Business in the US
  • #2 - Best Small Places for Cost of Business in Texas
  • #2 - Best Small Places for Job Growth in Texas
  • #1 - Best Small Places for Education in Texas

College Station/Bryan

  • #2 - Small Cities Creating the Most Business Services Jobs in 2018


College Station/Bryan

  • 15 Satellite Cities Poised to Thrive in 2018
"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."

Business Facilities
College Station/Bryan

  • #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


Headlight Data
College Station/Bryan

  • #9 - Millennial (ages 25-34) Population Growth from 2012-2017 in the US (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)
  • #4 - MillennX (ages 34-39) Population Growth from 2012-2017 in the US (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)
  • #5 - Generation X (ages 40-54) Population Growth from 2012-2017 in the US (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)
  • #7 - Baby Boomer (ages 55-69) Population Growth from 2012-2017 in the US (Metro Areas with <500,000 Population)


College Station

  • #1 - 10 Cities Primed for Economic Growth & Opportunity in 2018
"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."

College Station

  • #1 - Best Places to Live in Texas
  • #41 - Best Places to Live in the US (nearly 2,300 places ranked)
"Livability luxuries in College Station include a warm climate, low unemployment rate, low property taxes and affordable housing costs. This community is overflowing with small-town charm and offers easy transportation to the big cities of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio."

College Station

  • #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 Dallas 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."

College Station

  • #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."

American Planning Association - Texas Chapter

  • 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."

College Station

  • #1 - Best College Towns in Texas
"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."

College Station

  • #2 - Best Places for Outdoor Activities in Texas