Bryan-College Station metropolitan area

Infobox Metropolitan Area
MSA_name = Bryan-College Station, Texas
name = B/CS


largest_city = College Station
other_cities = Bryan
Hearne
Caldwell
rank_us = 201st
population = 184885
density_mi2 =1,597.5
density_km2 = 616.3
area_mi2 = 83.6
area_km2 = 216.7
states = Texas
highest_ft = N/A
highest_m = N/A
lowest_ft = N/A
lowest_m = N/A

The College Station-Bryan Metropolitan Statistical Area is a metropolitan area in the Brazos Valley region of Texas that covers three counties - Brazos, Burleson, and Robertson. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 184,885 (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 203,371) and was the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in Texas. [cite web | url = http://www.census.gov/popest/metro/tables/2007/CBSA-EST2007-01.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (CBSA-EST2007-01) | format = CSV | work = 2007 Population Estimates | publisher = United States Census Bureau, Population Division | date =2008-03-27 | accessdate = 2008-03-28]

Counties

*Brazos
*Burleson
*Robertson

Communities

Places with more than 50,000 people

The twin cities of Bryan and College Station are also known as B/CS. The cities have gained recognition as one of the top 10 best small metro areas for relocating families in the United States and one of the top places to live. [cite web |url=http://www.primacy.com/news/BestCitiesReloFam06PR.pdf |title=2006 Best Cities for Relocating Families |publisher=Worldwide ERC & Primacy Relocation |format=PDF |date=2006-05-31 |accessdate=2008-07-01 ] [cite web |url=http://www.kiplinger.com/php/best_cities.html |title=The Kiplinger 50 |publisher=Kiplinger |format=PDF |date=2006 |accessdate=2008-07-01 ] With a combined population of over 130,000, B-CS has many of the amenities of a large city while maintaining a small town atmosphere.Fact|date=June 2008 Local unemployment hovers around three to four percent as of May 2008, among the lowest in the state of Texas, and cost of living is very affordable. [cite web | url=http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2008/062008epress.pdf | title=Texas Employers Add 8,700 Jobs in May | pages=2 | format=PDF | publisher=Texas Workforce Commission | date=2008-06-20 | accessdate=2008-07-01 ]

B/CS is located in the heart of Texas, approximately equidistant from three of the 10 largest cities in the United States. It is convert|95|mi|km north of Houston, convert|166|mi|km northeast of San Antonio and convert|169|mi|km south of Dallas. It is convert|104|mi|km east of Austin, the state capital of Texas. 75% of the Texas and Louisiana populations (13.1 million people) live within 3.5 driving hours. Area lakes cover convert|180000|acre|km2 and include Lake Somerville, Lake Conroe, Gibbon's Creek Reservoir, Lake Limestone and many others. The main campus of Texas A&M University is located here, a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution. The university's enrollment includes approximately 46,000 students on the 5,200 acre (21 km²) campus. Blinn College is also located here and has an enrollment of over 5,000 students. The local climate is subtropical and temperate and winters are mild with periods of low temperature usually lasting less than two months. Snow and ice are rare. Summers are warm, humid, and hot with occasional showers.

Places with 1,000 to 5,000 people

*Caldwell
*Calvert
*Franklin
*Hearne
*Somerville

Places with 500 to 1,000 people

*Bremond
*Snook

Places with less than 500 people

*Kurten
*Millican
*Wixon Valley

Unincorporated places

*Mumford

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 184,885 people, 67,744 households, and 39,346 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 73.71% White, 12.27% African American, 0.38% Native American, 3.33% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 8.30% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.32% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $30,339 and the median income for a family was $40,442. Males had a median income of $30,818 versus $21,951 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $15,847.

ee also

*List of cities in Texas
*Texas census statistical areas
*List of Texas metropolitan areas
*Texas A&M University

References

External links

* [http://www.cstx.gov/ The City of College Station]
* [http://www.bryantx.gov The City of Bryan]
* [http://www.bryan-collegestation.org/ College Station Visitors & Convention Bureau]
* [http://www.bcschamber.org/ College Station Chamber of Commerce]


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