Bryan / College Station
|“In Aggieland, ‘Howdy’ is more than a greeting. It’s a genuine spirit no one forgets.”|
– B/CS Convention and Visitors Bureau
As of 2006, it was estimated that about 82,429 residents enjoy life in the Bryan/College Station area of central Texas, which is also home to Texas A&M University (the fourth largest university in the United States) and Blinn College. Central to Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Bryan/College Station has something to offer for every lifestyle: a low cost of living, nationally recognized schools, fine dining and wineries, Big XII sports, and much more.
Considered a “5-Star Quality of Life Metro” by Expansion Management Magazine and ranked among Kiplinger’s 50 Smart Places to Live, Bryan/College Station is an active community with more than 30 parks, five golf courses, and several city-owned recreation centers. Cultural attractions include museums, art galleries, and historical libraries, including the George Bush Presidential Library.
Bryan: Established in 1859 in honor of William Joel Bryan, nephew of Texas pioneer Stephen F. Austin. Incorporated in 1871, Bryan prospered with its robust agricultural resources and a railway system completed in 1876. That same year, the State of Texas established the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas just south of Bryan.
College Station: Planned as a model community by college professors when the college could no longer accommodate their living needs on campus. College Station, named as a railway stop by the Postal Service in 1877, burgeoned in the 1960s when the college opened its doors to women and became Texas A&M University.