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Overview

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)

People

Total Population 101,141
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 5.4%
Employed Population 16+ 47,356
Age of the Population 23

Families

% of people married 30.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 54.4%
Median Earnings25+ $36,938
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,424
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,124

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,584
% Above Poverty Level 65.3%
% Below Poverty Level 34.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.1%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.6%
Median Gross Rent $904
Median House Value $185,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 10.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station COLLEGE STATION ETRWD AP
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
Station SOMERVILLE DAM
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
Station MADISONVILLE
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Anderson 248 $45,156
Bryan 79,411 $51,131
Caldwell 4,214 $57,955

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

College Station Hospitals

COLLEGE STATION MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1604 ROCK PRAIRIE ROAD
(979) 764-5151
Emergency Service: Yes

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College Station High Schools

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A & M CONS H S
1801 HARVEY MITCHELL PKWY S
979-764-5500
Serves 2,226 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

BRAZOS SCHOOL FOR INQUIRY & CREATI
802 AUTUMN CIR
979-268-8884
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

CENTER FOR ALTERNATIVE LEARNING
105 TIMBER ST
979-764-5540
A Non-traditional School
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.6

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