COLLEGE STATION - The City of College Station has reached a major milestone. Tuesday the city announced that it now has more than 100,000 inhabitants.
That's based on a calculation of averages and the monitoring of city occupancy records.
"Retailers start looking at you differently, employers start looking at you differently, because suddenly you're a community of 100,000 or more," said Bob Cowell, then Director of Planning and Development for the City of College Station in last July when asked on the topic. "We're expecting up to 40,000 people in the next 20 years."
Once the number of inhabitants reaches 100,000, Colwell said the city council can vote to extend it's extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) from 3.5 to 5 miles outside the city limits.
After the 2020 census, council members, candidates and top city staff would have to file long financial statements that would be available for public review if the population surpasses 100,000.
There are less than 300 cities in the US that have populations of over 100,000 people, according to the US Census Bureau. 32 of those cities are in Texas.