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A+ College Station Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C College Station Cost of Living Cost of living is 9% higher than Texas
College Station
991% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
College Station cost of living
B+ College Station Crime Total crime is 27% lower than Texas
Total crime
2,19720% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4620% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
College Station crime
D College Station Employment Household income is 33% lower than Texas
Median household income
$36,47134% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,21822% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%25% lower than the US average
College Station employment
D- College Station Housing Home value is 35% higher than Texas
Median home value
$192,7004% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9045% lower than the US average
Home ownership
36%44% lower than the US average
College Station real estate or College Station rentals
A+ College Station Schools HS graduation rate is 18% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
92%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
80%62% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
College Station K-12 schools or College Station colleges

Living in College Station, TX

Located in the state of Texas, College Station is a mid-sized city with a population of 104,684 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 79% of College Station residents are White, 10% Asian and 7% Black. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all College Station residents is 23. If you are looking for a family friendly city, College Station might be a good fit as 76% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 52% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Living in College Station can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Texas, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around College Station, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, education, employment, housing and more.

With a livability score of 83 out of 100, College Station is ranked #720 in the United States and #204 in Texas. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in College Station could be a great choice! College Station has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that College Station ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (B+), weather (B+) and education (A+). College Station does not fare well for the following: employment (D) and housing (D-). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., College Station has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. College Station has a violent crime rate of 199 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

The average school test scores in College Station are 80%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in College Station is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in College Station come in at $192,700, which is 35% higher than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In College Station, the home price to income ratio is 5.3, which is 103.8% higher than the Texas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the College Station area were 6.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 5.9%.

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Neighborhood Party Houses/Boarding Houses - BIG PROBLEM for quiet neighborhoods!

I'v lived in College Station for over twenty years and had some real problems, about ten years ago the house next door was sold and rented to students by the room. Since then there have been MANY drunken parties, mostly after the bars close, then going on until 3 or 4 AM. What happens during the early morning hours, just good people outside having fun until a fight breaks out... then yelling..., people leaving angrily in cars/trucks, sometimes driving through the middle your yard! Then there are the mostly quite nights with people urinating all over the trees/yards/streets... The city might consider putting outhouses in front of the boarding houses!? We've even had a car drive into an Oak Tree in our yard late one night. Complaining to the city and calling the police would sometimes work until the next group of students arrived, note you might have angry partiers mutilating your house in revenge, been there! Please note there were some groups of students that were pleasant and didn't cause any trouble. Still I would NEVER purchase a house in College Station knowing than an investor could buy the house next door and turn it into a boarding house and rent it out by the room to students. Sadly this IS ruining the neighborhoods! The city is in complete denial about this and is siding with the investors, neighborhood groups are attempting to shut this rental by room houses down. Until this is resolved I would go elsewhere to live. Sorry but living next to a boarding house renting by the room I'd rate a negative 5.
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A Perfect Mini Vacation in College Station, Texas

My daughter attends college at A & M University in College Station, Texas. My husband and I went to visit her over spring break. I was very surprised how easy it was for us to find a nice hotel to stay in. There were several to choose from that were conveniently located near the college. This was a big plus for us. College Station had a large variety of nice restaurants to choose from too. That was important to us as well, because we all have a different taste in what type of food we like to eat.

My daughter and I love to shop every chance we get, so we spent a day shopping in College Station. It was nice that we could shop in stores that most other major cities have. We found some noveltie shops that were fun to browse around in. My husband went and played some golf while we went shopping. He was amazed at the fact they had 8 golf choices to choose from.

On the last day of our mini vacation in College Station, we went to visit the Bon fire Memorial. This memorial was a tribute to the 12 Aggie students who lost their lives building the bon fire in November, 1999. That night we went dancing with our daughter and her date at a place called Daisy Dukes. We all had a great time.

Overall we found College Station, Texas a very nice place to visit and a perfect place for College students to enjoy while they are continuing their education.
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Source: The College Station, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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