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A recent ranking of the "Best Towns in Texas", our hometown of College Station proudly came in at #2. The company that conducted the research and ranking, Niche Local, is a company that provides statistics of every U.S. town to help people find the best place to live, raise a family, and visit. College Station has consistently been an area of impressive growth, expansion, and development. It is no wonder why more and more Aggies remain in College Station upon graduation, in addition to moving back to College Station to raise a family.
Sweet home College Station was rated "A" or "A+" for Education, Health & Fitness, Community, and Easiest Commute grades; although it fell short to Sugarland for the top spot. Coming in at number three is Conroe, followed by Boerne, which is on the northwest outskirts of San Antonio, Lago Vista, or northwest of Austin, and Forney, or east of Dallas. Bryan, Texas came in at number seven with A grades for Health & Fitness, Eastiest Commute, and Things To Do categories.
Of the "Towns with the Most Things To Do in Texas", our Aggieland towns ranked high: Bryan came in at number three and College Station at number four. Although College Station ranked higher for "Access to Bars, Coffee Shops, and Restaurants", Bryan received higher grades for "Access to Theaters, Museums, and Libraries". Galveston grabbed the top spot for this category, followed by Sugarland. Following B/CS for this category include Victoria at number five, then Conroe, Sherman, Marble Falls, Harlingen, and Granbury.
How were these grades tabulated?
The Education grades were rated by averaging every public school in the area's K-12 overall grades, where the school is weighted by the number of its' students. The Health & Fitness grade incorporated "statistics that capture a lcoation's general well-being and access to care". At the time Niche Local was gathering information, their database had 4,280 town records, and of the towns that met the required qualifications, were able to grade 4,278 and rank 1,554. Niche categorized "towns" with having over 100,000 residents, excluding cities and suburbs.
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