College Station, Texas

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College Station, Texas

Introduction to College Station, Texas

College Station is a city in central Texas, located in Brazos County 95 miles northwest of Houston and 105 miles northeast of Austin. It is served by five principal highways: Texas State Highways 6, 30, 40, 47, and 308. Neighboring cities include Bryan, Wixon Valley, Snook, Navasota, Somerville, Anderson, Caldwell, and Hearne.

The history of College Station very much coincides with the history of its main institution, Texas A&M University. Established in 1876, the University became the first state institution of higher education in the state of Texas. The university's isolation prompted school administrators to provide facilities as part of the college infrastructure, resulting in the development of a community centered around the campus. By 1877, the Post Office had come to designate the area "College Station", based on the name of the train stop adjacent to the growing community. The university and its surrounding community proceeded to develop hand-in-hand, and in 1938 a petition requesting incorporation was presented to the Board of Directors of Texas A&M. On October 19, 1938 citizens voted overwhelmingly to incorporate the city of College Station, and the following year the first City Council meeting of the newly-incorporated city was held in the Administration Building on the A&M campus.

College Station is home to the George Bush Presidential Library, which opened in 1997. The library and its associated museum are located on the southwest corner of the Texas A&M University campus.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in College Station

There are many activities to enjoy in the College Station area. Some of the more interesting include:

  • Wolf Pen Creek Park and Amphitheater: The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation and the amphitheater offers outdoor concerts, festivals, and plays.
  • Adamson Lagoon: A family-oriented water park that includes several water slides, water basketball, a lily pad walk, and tube rentals.
  • Messina Hof Winery & Resort
  • George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • Benjamin Knox Gallery: Features works of the most well known artist in College Station and its surrounding areas.
  • The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley
  • Texas A&M Sports Museum
  • The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

The city of Houston is less than a two-hour drive away. Sports fans making the drive will be rewarded with a wide choice of professional teams to watch, including:

  • Houston Rockets (NBA Basketball)
  • Houston Texans (NFL Football)
  • Houston Astros (Major League Baseball)
  • Houston Comets (WNBA Basketball)
  • Houston Dynamo (MLS: Major League Soccer)
  • Houston Aeros (AHL: American Hockey League)

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High Points

College Station strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy College Station Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy College Station Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy College Station College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 7% College Station Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of College Station, Texas

Comparing College Station to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 6 6
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 2
Senior Citizens 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 1
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 6 8
People in Middle Class or Better 1 2
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 6 7
Public Transportation Use 4 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 4
Affordability of Rents 7 3
People Living Alone 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 6 5
Low Property Crime 4 4

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College Station Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 83 miles NW of Houston, Texas
County Brazos
Metro Area Bryan - College Station
Standard Zip Codes 77840, 77845
P.O. Box Zip Codes 77841, 77842, 77844
Company Zip Codes 77843
Phone Area Codes 979
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.627
Longitude -96.334

College Station Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 96 F
Oct Temp 59 to 82 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 61 F
Apr Temp 56 to 79 F
Jul Temp 73 to 97 F
Oct Temp 57 to 82 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 33.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 60 F
Apr Temp 54 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 96 F
Oct Temp 55 to 82 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
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College Station Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 67,890 100%
Male 34,667 51.1%
Female 33,223 48.9%
Under 18 9,789 14.4%
18+ 58,101 85.6%
65+ 2,461 3.6%
Median Age 21.9
Average Family Size 2.98
White 54,673 80.5%
African-American 3,698 5.4%
Asian 4,951 7.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 206 0.3%
Other 3,036 4.5%
Mixed Race 1,282 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 6,759 10%

Estimated College Station Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 72,388
Growth 4,498
Growth % 6.6%

College Station Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.7%
German 17.9%
English 9.7%
Irish 8.1%
US/American 7%
Italian 3.2%
Scotch-Irish 2.8%
Polish 2.5%
Scottish 2.4%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Czech 1.8%
European 1.4%
Swedish 1.1%
Norwegian 0.9%
British 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
African 0.5%
Nigerian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Turkish 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, College Station, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Aggieland (77844)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
College Station 67,890 $53,147
Anderson 257 $34,375
Bryan 65,660 $41,433
Caldwell 3,449 $37,658
Navasota 6,789 $31,875
Snook 568 $37,656
Somerville 1,704 $34,844

College Station Hospitals

(979) 764-5151
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in College Station

(As of 2005)
2205 Longmire
615 E. University Drive
Hwy 6 & University
1501 University Drive E
Target College Station T-800
2100 Texas Ave S
Texas & Holleman
1929 Texas Avenue South

Wal-mart in College Station

(As of 2006)
1815 Brothers Blvd
(979) 693-3095
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College Station High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 2,226 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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1. Corvallis, Oregon 91.4   31.9% 10.1% 53.1% 16 $53,208 4.9% 14% 49,322 20.6% 41 0.3% 1.7
2. Ames, Iowa 91.3   28.6% 7.7% 58.6% 16 $56,439 4.4% 12.7% 50,731 20.4% 31.2 0.3% 2.5
3. San Luis Obispo, California 90.3   32.8% 12.1% 40.9% 16 $56,319 3.4% 15.9% 44,174 26.6% 44.6 0.6% 4.1
4. Chapel Hill, North Carolina 90.1   31.1% 8% 73.7% 19 $73,483 3.6% 22.1% 48,715 21.6% 45.8 0.7% 4.6
5. Davis, California 89.5   25.1% 6.6% 68.6% 21 $74,051 4.6% 29.9% 60,308 24.5% 32.4 0.4% 4.4
6. Chico, California 89.4   29.4% 9.9% 33.6% 17 $43,077 6% 17.6% 59,954 26.6% 46.5 0.3% 4.2
7. Mount Pleasant, Michigan 88.6   28.9% 7.4% 40.3% 14 $43,927 3.4% 10.9% 25,946 37.2% 24.8 0.4% 2.7
8. Athens, Georgia 88.1   29.9% 8.1% 40% 19 $41,407 5.2% 35.1% 101,489 28.6% 59 0.4% 4.6
9. Eugene, Oregon 87.6   31.7% 12.1% 37.3% 18 $48,527 5.3% 11.9% 137,893 17.1% 63.4 0.4% 2.9
10. Bozeman, Montana 85.6   29.8% 8% 49.5% 14 $41,723 5% 5.3% 27,509 20.2% 54 0.9% 3.3
11. Weatherford, Oklahoma 79.9   31.8% 9.4% 37.4% 16 $41,401 5.1% 12.8% 9,859 21.7% 39.7 0.5% 3
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