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Economic Development -- City of Bryan, Texas

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Cost of Living

Cost of Living Indexes Bryan College Station
Overall 90.7 97.3
Food 90.2 90.2
Health 94.7 94.7
Housing 86.6 107.2
Utilities 95.8 95.8
Transportation 96.5 96.5
Miscellaneous 90 90

U.S. National Average is 100.

Cost of Doing Business


Real and Personal Property
Tax Rates (Per $100)
Brazos County $0.485000
City of Bryan $0.629990
Bryan Independent School District $1.340000
Total per $100 Value $2.454990
City of Bryan Hotel/Motel Tax 7%
City of Bryan Sales Tax 1.5%

Bryan Texas Utilities (electric)

City of Bryan Water Services (water/wastewater)

Atmos Energy (natural gas)

Workforce and Talent Pipeline

Bryan, Texas, located in the Center of the “Texas Triangle” of Austin, Dallas and Houston, is the hub of commerce for the Brazos Valley as a regional marketplace. The College Station-Bryan Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of more than 250,000 and Bryan’s labor shed is over 1 million within a 60-mile radius.

Unemployment and Talent Pipeline

The City of Bryan and the greater Brazos Valley are fortunate to have low unemployment.  However, this does not mean that there is not an available workforce. On the contrary, we are a community where underemployment is a critical consideration.  Being in “Aggieland,” we have a workforce pipeline second to none.

Bryan is the home of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, the Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus, and A&M’s Flagship campus – Texas A&M University at College Station is less than 5 miles away. We are also the home of Blinn College.

As of Spring 2018, there are more than 70,000 students enrolled at these institutions right here in our backyard.


Bryan, Texas is prepared and positioned for even greater transportation connectivity in the near future with the designation of the “Central Texas Corridor” as future Interstate 14. Positioned in the center of the “Texas Triangle,” Bryan is less than a three-hour drive from four of the country’s 11 largest metropolitan areas: Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Austin and Houston are just about 100 miles from Bryan.

Highway Access

Bryan is “Texas Triangle”-connected via two major State (Interstate Grade) Highways.

  • State Hwy. 6 runs generally north-south through Bryan connecting our market to Interstate 35 in Waco, Texas, and to U.S. Hwy. 290 just northwest of Houston. Today, State Hwy. 6 is almost entirely 4 lane divided with a speed limit of 75 miles per hour.
  • State Hwy. 21/U.S. 190 runs generally east-west through Bryan connecting our market to Interstate 45 in Madisonville, Texas, to U.S. Hwy. 71 at Bastrop, Texas (gateway to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Interstate 35 in Austin), and southwest to Interstate 35 in San Marcos, Texas.
  • Interstate 14 is the “Central Texas Corridor,” following U.S. 190 from Brady east to Killeen, Temple, Bryan-College Station, Livingston and Woodville and State Hwy. 63 between Jasper and the Sabine River. Potential extension of the corridor may take the route west to San Angelo and Interstate 20 at Midland-Odessa. The “Central Texas Corridor” was designated as High Priority Corridor 83 by Section 11204 of the draft House DRIVE Act bill, H.R. 22. It incorporates all of U.S. 190 east from Interstate 10 to Woodville, and State Hwy. 63 to the Sabine River Bridge at Burrs Crossing.8 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST), a federal highway authorization bill signed into law on December 4, 2015, includes Amendment No. 6 designating the Central Texas Corridor as future Interstate 14.

For more information on the status of Interstate 14 please visit

Rail Service

Bryan, Texas is served by Union Pacific’s mainline. Bryan, and in particular Texas Triangle Park, is strategically positioned in close proximity to Union Pacific’s Brazos Yard in Robertson County. This $550 million rail yard represents the largest capital investment in a single facility in Union Pacific’s 155-year history.

Air Service

Coulter Field: Coulter Field is located in east Bryan on State Hwy. 21. The original land for the airport was gifted by the W.J. Coulter family to the City of Bryan in 1938. Subsequently, the City of Bryan purchased adjacent land. Today, Coulter Field is comprised of 247 acres and is operated by the City of Bryan. The City considers Coulter Field a critical asset and has supported airport improvements in recent years to include a new beacon light, AWOS, new hangar construction, and modern fuel tanks. Coulter Field is managed by a highly professional staff with significant airport FBO experience.

Easterwood Airport (CLL): Bryan-College Station is also home to Easterwood Airport (CLL). CLL is owned by Texas A&M University (TAMU) and is just minutes from the TAMU campus, TAMU Health Science Center, TAMU RELLIS Campus, and Downtown Bryan. CLL is our commercial air service gateway to Aggieland, offering global air service access to visitors as well as citizens of Brazos Valley. CLL is served by American Airlines with daily non-stop flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and United Airlines with daily non-stop flights to George Bush Intercontinental in Houston.

Port Service

Bryan’s Texas Triangle Park, the market’s regional industrial park is designated through Port Houston as Foreign Trade Zone #84.  Port Houston, the International Port of Texas, sees more than 241 million tons of cargo move annually through the greater port area, carried by more than 8,200 vessels and 223,000 barges. Port Houston is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage; 1st in U.S. imports; 1st in U.S. export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage. It is also the nation’s leading breakbulk port, handling 41 percent of project cargo at Gulf Coast ports.

Largest Employers

Texas A&M System: 17,000+
Texas A&M HSC: 2,000+
Bryan ISD: 2,000+
College Station ISD: 2,000+
Blinn College: 2,000+
Reynolds and Reynolds: 1,500+
CHI St Joseph Health: 1,000+
Sanderson Farms: 1,000+
Walmart: 1,000+
HEB: 1,000+
Brazos County: 500-999
City of Bryan: 500-999
City of College Station: 500-999
PlyGem: 500 -999
Kent Moore Cabinets: 250-499
Wayfair: 250-499
Cognizant: 250-499
Viasat: 250-499
FujiFilm Diosynth: 200-249
Axis Pipe and Tube: 200-249

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