Like many Texas communities in the mid- and late-19th century, Bryan began as a small-town stop along the state's expanding railway system. But, almost from the beginning, Bryan was different: it quickly distinguished itself from the many other railway stops across the state by flourishing into a vibrant — and permanent — center of business and trade.

In the nearly 140 years since Bryan's founding, many Texas railroad stops became nothing more than ghost towns. But the optimistic spirit and determination that built Bryan in its early years continues to define Bryan today. It is a community that successfully couples dynamic growth with historic importance.

Today, businesses are opening, expanding and relocating in downtown Bryan, breathing new life into the area. This push toward downtown revitalization is enabling people to experience the shops, restaurants, hotels and businesses that are working together to restore downtown Bryan to the thriving hub of its glory days.

Bryan has greeted the 21st century with a vital and robust economy, quality schools, state-of-the-art healthcare, safe neighborhoods and a history that is reflected in the buildings and pride of its residents. The original square-mile townsite now encompasses more than 43.4 square miles. Bryan's original population of a few hundred has grown to over 85,000 residents.

From its contemporary Tejas Center to its revived historic downtown, today's Bryan is defined by renewed growth, development and renovation. For more information, visit City of Bryan.

College Station

Nothing defines a city better than its people. College Station, home to over 107,000 residents, is the largest city in the metropolitan area, and is home to Texas A&M University, one of the country's largest public universities . A Southeastern Conference (SEC) school and a major research institution, Texas A&M brings diversity of race, culture and nationality to College Station, and reflects much of the vibrancy, tradition and spirit that make it a special place.

College Station is in the "heart" of central Texas. Only 100 miles from Houston and Austin and 160 miles from Dallas and San Antonio, College Station is within four hours driving time of more than 14 million people. A network of well-maintained highways and a nearby regional airport serviced by major international airlines facilitate quick transportation between College Station and the rest of the country.

One of Texas top 10 school districts, College Station Independent School District was named a "Blue Ribbon School District" by Expansion Management magazine and Newsweek magazine listed A&M Consolidated High School as one of American's top 100 high schools. College Station also features the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, one of the region's most popular tourist attractions with over 690,000 visitors.

College Station is also one of the safest, most family-friendly places in Texas. The city consistently maintains one of the lowest crime rates in the state, giving peace of mind to residents and business owners.

Nature is an integral part of life in College Station, with over 1,300 acres of beautifully maintained public parks and sports facilities enhancing the city. Recreational activities are plentiful, with numerous golf courses, lush nature trails, challenging bike paths and sports leagues of every kind, including national, state and local tournaments.

Business and technology companies are maximizing their relationships with Texas A&M, home to the nation's largest engineering school and some of the smartest students in the United States. Companies are taking advantage of this asset, finding energetic, quality employees among 12,000 annual graduates, and the city's economic future is as bright as the sky over it.

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