College Station has been named America’s top college town for 2012 by Livability.com, a national website that highlights the best places to live and visit.
College Station was cited for its entertainment options, recreational opportunities, family atmosphere and low cost of living, along with Texas A&M’s nationally-recognized school spirit. Residents can attend theater and live music performances at the university and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is also located on campus.
With an enrollment approaching 50,000, A&M students make up more than half of College Station’s total population of 97,305. College Station ranked No. 7 on Livability.com’s 2011 list.
“College towns are appealing to all demographics because universities bring a host of quality of life amenities, such as arts and cultural activities, top-notch medical facilities, and nightlife, as well as economic development assets, such as research and development, continuing education and workforce training,” said John Hood, spokesman for Livability.com.
Top 10 College Towns for 2012
1. College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
2. Oxford, Miss. (Mississippi)
3. Logan, Utah (Utah State)
4. Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
5. Lawrence, Kan. (Kansas)
6. Corvallis, Ore. (Oregon State)
7. Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana)
8. Athens, Ga. (Georgia)
9. Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan)
10. Blacksburg, Va. (Virginia Tech)