6. College Station, TX
True to name, College Station is a popular college town with plenty to offer for all residents. The population has risen from 25% from 2010 to 2019, largely thanks to Texas A&M University, often abbreviated as TAMU.
Texas A&M was the first public institution of higher education in Texas and one of the largest statewide. Kyle Field is the fourth largest college football stadium and provides plenty of exciting sporting events for College Station residents.
TAMU is a widely respected research university and received triple designation as a Land-, Sea-, and Space-Grant institution. The university is partnered with big names like NASA and the NIH, bringing broad research endeavors to the city.
College students blow off steam in the Northgate District, known for its vibrant mix of bars and restaurants. The area has grown rapidly thanks to the patronage of students, professors, and families from TAMU.
Schools in College Station: Texas A&M University, Blinn College
5. Arlington, TX
Home to the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, and Dallas Wings, Arlington is every Texan sports fan’s dream. The UT Arlington Mavericks compete in NCAA Division I for 15 varsity sports, bringing home many conference titles.
Outside of athletics, UTA students and faculty contribute to their community with over 680,000 combined volunteer hours annually. The school brought in $125 million in research funding, which benefits the surrounding area’s economy.
Arlington residents know how to have fun with Hurricane Harbor, the International Bowling Campus, and the original Six Flags at their doorstep. Theatre Arlington is one of the largest community theatres in the nation and provides quality shows and classes year-round. Students love to take advantage of the many free concerts, museums, and parades throughout the year.
Schools in Arlington: University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington Baptist University, Tarrant County College, Kaplan College
4. Canyon, TX
As a Texas Main Street City, Canyon has top tourist destinations, entertainment, unique shopping, delicious food, and a friendly community. The vibrant downtown area has been revitalized, attracting new businesses and becoming a center for community events.
The West Texas A&M University Campus is also a popular destination, with 176 acres to explore. The state-of-the-art facilities and student organizations host events for the surrounding community throughout the year.
Nature lovers in Canyon have easy access to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second-largest canyon in the United States. The beautiful scenery has plenty of options for camping, picnicking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Canyon is home to the musical TEXAS, the most attended outdoor drama across the country. The internationally recognized show tells the story of settlers of the Texas Panhandle through humor, musical numbers, and even fireworks.
Schools in Canyon: West Texas A&M University