New Residents Weigh In on Life in B/CS After Cities' High Ranking

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B/CS has another honor to add to its trophy case. An annual ranking of the best cities in the country has Bryan/College Station third overall.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance's 2013 edition of "America's 10 Great Places to Live" has this area just behind Little Rock, Arkansas and Burlington, Vermont. These particular rankings place an emphasis on small and mid-size cities. Each year Kiplinger takes a look at America's cities to find those that stand out in a particular category, say, for raising a family, starting out after college or enjoying retirement.

New opportunities rolling through the Brazos Valley continue bringing new residents.

“We’re excited to move here,” said Adam Laubach.”

Adam Laubach and his family of six is just one of many who are transferring to the area for work.

“I focus on start-up leadership and wherever hot technologies are located -- that's where I'm called,” Laubach said.

His company, RBC Technologies is located in the prospering Research Valley near Texas A&M; and over the years his career has taken the family to Switzerland, Germany, Illinois, Michigan, Kingwood and now -- these Texas Longhorns are staking claim right here in Aggieland.

“I grew up in the Texas Hill Country and Tricia grew up in Beaumont so this place reminds me a lot like home which is close to New Braunfels and there's lot of trees and it's quite hot,” he added.

The family says they're not surprised the twin cities was recently ranked number 3 out of the top ten best places to live.

“We’ve also come to understand there is a great church community here and a lot of our A&M friends are very jealous of this move.

It's a move this family hopes will keep them here for the long haul.

“I'm excited to see what the swim team has to offer and get to meet some new people here and I'm hoping I'll find some really good friends,” said Reagan Laubach, who will begin school at A&M Consolidated in the fall.

“About half of our folks are Longhorns and half are A&M,” added Laubach. “We have a terrific respect for A&M and Reagan would be honored if she had the opportunity to go.”

As expected, the mayors of the cities were pleased by the ranking.

“Bryan is an exceptional city, no matter what stage of life you’re in,” Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said the press release. “We have access to the best in education and health care, we’re experiencing strong business development and job growth in all areas of the city, and our historic downtown is once again earning the reputation as a true destination. We really mean it when we say Bryan offers The Good Life, Texas Style.”

“I’m delighted Kiplinger's recognized us as a great place to live,” College Station Mayor Nancy Berry added. “Of course, it's no secret to those who call College Station home. We're a safe city, have great parks and amenities, super schools and a wonderful arts community; plus, we're home to Texas A&M University. Add it up and you're living in one of the greatest places in the country.”

Bryan/College Station is the only Texas area on the list