College Station, Texas

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College Station lives up to its name. The area comes alive during the school year, when its population grows by almost 25 percent. College Station may surprise you by exceeding expectations for a college town. You can never fall short of places to socialize, as the city has twice as many eateries and bars as most small cities, a concentration seen on University Drive and Boyett Street. Being home turf to Texas A&M University also means above-average diversity and innovation levels. The downside in such an idyllic college town? A lack of art and entertainment venues and pricey rents.

#7 College Station, Texas

POPULATION: 242,453
STUDENTS: 58,018
RANKING DETAIL:
#17 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#2 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#19 CITY ACCESS
#13 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#1 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#6 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#14 LABOR FORCE
#14 INNOVATION
#16 RENT

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