Bryan/College Station Community Information
Bryan and College Station are two unique towns, but their close proximity creates one dynamic community fed by the spirit of Texas A&M University and embodies the beloved title of “Aggieland.” The Houston & Central Texas Railroad was established in Bryan in 1859 boosting what was a quaint pit stop into a vibrant city. It was here that Andrew Carnegie also founded the Carnegie Library, making the Research Valley home to the oldest Carnegie Library in Texas. In 1876, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now A&M) was founded four miles away from Bryan in what became better known as the thriving city of College Station. (learn more about the history here)
The Bryan/College Station area has a strong economy and growing population that make it a great place to live today. In no other place will you find economic development and higher education working more closely together to support business. College Station is not only a center for higher education, but home to arguably the top health facilities and research centers in central Texas making the Research Valley a hub for medicine. In an article for Insite Magazine of the Brazos Valley, doctors were reported praising the “big city level of care with a small town feel” where the technology is state of the art and the nurses are invested in the smaller community. The MED has the only private pods in a neonatal intensive care unit in this region. College Station is also known for excellent schools, one of the lowest crime rates in Texas and for the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Bryan brings along with it great schools and businesses like its College Station counterpart, but also gives the community character with its historical downtown area. Lined with eclectic antique stores, specialty shops, and top-of-the-line restaurants featuring some of the best local cuisine, Downtown Bryan provides a place for the community to experience culture. Many of the buildings have been there since the olden days of Bryan but have been renovated into highlights of the city. For example, the Grand Stafford was a theatre remade into a state of the art music venue that draws the best bands for performances. The La Salle Hotel offers guests an upscale, exclusive stay while still giving the charm of Downtown Bryan. Each month on “First Friday,” the community comes together downtown for a free event in which local artists, musicians and vendors bring their talents to the streets creating a festive, fun and family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss the quality museums of Bryan either. The Brazos Valley African-American Museum, the Star of the Republic Museum and the Carnegie Center of the Brazos Valley are just a few of the educational exhibits to applaud.
The noteworthy economic, cultural and educational assets aside, the people of this community are what make it special and truly a wonderful place to live. More than a word in The Research Valley, “howdy” is warm welcome that reflects Aggieland’s rich traditions while expressing that our arms are open wide to newcomers. Aggieland has a spirit all its own. Its lifelong values of integrity, dedication, and friendship carry into The Research Valley and the way we do business. Aggieland is a community that looks out for one another, working together to ensure the safety and success of our families and businesses.