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Bryan, Texas
Downtown Bryan, 2009
Downtown Bryan, 2009
Nicknames: 
The Good Life, Texas Style
Location in the state of Texas
Location in the state of Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Brazos
Incorporated 1871
Government
 • Type Council–Manager
Area
 • Total 54.26 sq mi (140.53 km2)
 • Land 54.16 sq mi (140.28 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.25 km2)
Elevation
374 ft (114 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 83,980
 • Density 1,592.87/sq mi (615.01/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
77801-03, 77807-08
Area code(s) 979
FIPS code 48-10912
GNIS feature ID 1353099

Bryan is a city and the county seat of Brazos County, Texas, United States. It is located in the heart of the Brazos Valley (East and Central Texas). As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 83,980. Bryan borders the city of College Station, which lies to its south. Together they are referred to as the Bryan–College Station metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 250,069.

History

Bryan, TX welcome sign IMG 4444
Bryan welcome sign

The area around Bryan was part of a land grant to Moses Austin by Spain. Austin's son, Stephen F. Austin, helped bring settlers to the area. Among the settlers was William Joel Bryan, the nephew of Stephen Austin. In 1866 the county seat of Brazos County was changed from Boonville to Bryan, and a post office was opened. In 1867, after many delays caused by the Civil War, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, which had only previously gotten as far as Millican, finally reached Bryan. A short time later, in 1871, the city of Bryan became incorporated. Just south of Bryan, Texas A&M College opened in 1876 in what later would be known as College Station. The following year, 1877 saw the establishment of the Bryan Independent School District. Keeping up with progress in the rest of the country, Bryan added electric lighting and a waterworks to its community in 1889. The fifth Brazos County courthouse was built in 1892, and by the turn of the century, in 1900, the International-Great Northern Railroad stopped in Bryan.

Using a generous grant of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library of Bryan opened its doors in 1902. In 1910 the town built an interurban railroad to College Station. By 1923 the line was abandoned. The first Jewish place of worship, the Temple Freda synagogue, was opened in 1913. During the 1930s the town of North Oakwood merged with Bryan. Now Bryan and College Station are "twin" cities. In 1936 State Highway 6 was built, running right through town.

In 2006 the Texas A&M University System announced that the new Texas A&M Health Science Center campus would be built in Bryan near the new Traditions Golf Course development.

A fire at the El Dorado Chemical Co. in 2009 caused the evacuation of 70,000 residents due to the burning of ammonium nitrate, possibly causing minor respiratory problems. However, the city requested that only "anyone who can smell smoke or see smoke to evacuate their homes and businesses" and did not enforce an evacuation except for 500 homes in the nearby vicinity of the fire. Less than 1,000 residents chose to evacuate, taking shelter at Texas A&M University, which closed its campus for the day to ease traffic problems. City fire officials chose to let the fire burn down before tackling it, since the chemicals were water reactive. The evacuation, which started at 2:30 pm CST ended at 7 pm, except for a small, defined area immediately around the fire, where approximately 100 Bryan residents lived. In the end, only 500 residents were under a mandatory evacuation, and 35 people were treated for respiratory problems from the smoke. Officials from El Dorado said there was never any danger from the smoke or fire. The warehouse, valued at just under $1 million, was destroyed.

Geography

Bryan is located northwest of the center of Brazos County at 30°39′56″N 96°22′00″W / 30.665547°N 96.366745°W / 30.665547; -96.366745 (30.665547, −96.366745). It is bordered to the southeast by the city of College Station and to the northwest by the unincorporated community of Lake Bryan. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.5 square miles (115.3 km2), of which 44.4 square miles (115.0 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.20%, is water.

The city is centrally located, approximately equidistant from three of the 10 largest cities in the United States. It is 95 miles (153 km) northwest of Houston, 166 miles (267 km) northeast of San Antonio and 166 miles (267 km) south of Dallas. It is 102 miles (164 km) east of Austin, the state capital.

Climate

The local climate is subtropical and temperate and winters are mild with periods of low temperatures usually lasting less than two months. Snow and ice are extremely rare. Summers are warm and hot with occasional showers being the only real variation in weather.

Climate data for Bryan, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 86
(30)
99
(37.2)
94
(34.4)
94
(34.4)
100
(37.8)
104
(40)
109
(42.8)
108
(42.2)
106
(41.1)
98
(36.7)
89
(31.7)
86
(30)
109
(42.8)
Average high °F (°C) 61
(16.1)
66
(18.9)
73
(22.8)
79
(26.1)
85
(29.4)
92
(33.3)
96
(35.6)
96
(35.6)
91
(32.8)
82
(27.8)
71
(21.7)
63
(17.2)
79.6
(26.44)
Average low °F (°C) 40
(4.4)
44
(6.7)
50
(10)
57
(13.9)
65
(18.3)
72
(22.2)
74
(23.3)
73
(22.8)
69
(20.6)
59
(15)
49
(9.4)
42
(5.6)
57.8
(14.35)
Record low °F (°C) 7
(-13.9)
14
(-10)
17
(-8.3)
28
(-2.2)
42
(5.6)
53
(11.7)
58
(14.4)
60
(15.6)
44
(6.7)
29
(-1.7)
19
(-7.2)
2
(-16.7)
2
(-16.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.32
(84.3)
2.38
(60.5)
2.84
(72.1)
3.20
(81.3)
5.05
(128.3)
3.79
(96.3)
1.92
(48.8)
2.63
(66.8)
3.91
(99.3)
4.22
(107.2)
3.18
(80.8)
3.23
(82)
39.67
(1,007.6)
Source: weather.com

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,979
1900 3,589 20.5%
1910 4,132 15.1%
1920 6,307 52.6%
1930 7,814 23.9%
1940 11,842 51.5%
1950 18,072 52.6%
1960 27,542 52.4%
1970 33,719 22.4%
1980 44,337 31.5%
1990 55,002 24.1%
2000 65,660 19.4%
2010 76,201 16.1%
2020 83,980 10.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 65,660 people, 23,759 households, and 14,873 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,515.2 people per square mile (584.9/km2). There were 25,703 housing units at an average density of 593.1 per square mile (229.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 64.65% White, 17% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 13.32% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any ethnicity/nationality were 17.83% of the population.

There were 23,759 households, out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under the age of 18, 18.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 15.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,672, and the median income for a family was $41,433. Males had a median income of $29,780 versus $22,428 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,770. About 15.5% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Largest employers
Employer Number of employees
Texas A&M University 17,000
Texas A&M Health Science Center 2,000
Bryan Independent School District 2,000
College Station Independent School District 2,000
Blinn College 2,000
Reynolds and Reynolds 1,500
CHI St. Joseph Health 1,000
Sanderson Farms 1,000
Walmart 1,000
H-E-B 1,000

Education

See also: College Station, Texas#Education

Colleges

Public schools

  • Bryan Independent School District

Independent schools

  • Allen Academy: PK–12 College Preparatory
  • St. Joseph Catholic School: PK–12 College Preparatory
  • St. Michaels Academy: PK–12 College Preparatory
  • Brazos Christian School: PK–12 College Preparatory
  • Still Creek Ranch: Private K-12 Boarding and Day School

Infrastructure

Transportation

The Brazos Transit District began offering bus service in the Bryan-College Station in 1974. It offers fixed bus routes throughout Bryan-College Station. Operating on weekdays on an hourly basis, the seven routes converge at a central location for transferring between routes. It also offers paratransit services for disabled riders and an on-demand shared ride service. Texas A&M University, headquartered in sister city College Station, operates student-driven free buses on weekdays for use by the general public that includes coverage around several apartment complexes in Bryan near campus and along a route that culminates at the campus of Blinn College.

Airports

Bryan is served commercially by Easterwood Airport, a regional airport operated by Texas A&M University in College Station. United Express and American Eagle offer flights to and from their larger hub airports at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (United) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (American).

The city of Bryan owns and operates Coulter Field and provides fixed-base operator services, hangar space, and runways for private flights.

Major roads

See also: List of highways in Brazos County, Texas
  • U.S. Highway 190
  • State Highway 6: Earl Rudder Freeway (East Loop)
  • State Highway 6 Business:Texas Avenue
  • State Highway 21: San Jacinto
  • State Highway 47
  • Farm to Market Road 60: University Drive
  • Farm to Market Road 158: William J. Bryan Parkway / Boonville Road
  • Farm to Market Road 974: Tabor Road
  • Farm to Market Road 1179: Briarcrest Drive
  • Farm to Market Road 2154: Wellborn Road
  • Farm to Market Road 2818: Harvey Mitchell Parkway (West Loop)

Health care

  • St. Joseph Regional Health Center (310 Bed/Level II Trauma Center)
  • Scott & White Hospital (143 Bed/Level III Trauma Center)
  • College Station Medical Center (167 Bed/Level III Trauma Center)

Notable people

  • R.J.Q. Adams, historian and author
  • Lynn Aldrich, sculptor and educator
  • Walter L. Buenger, historian at Texas A&M University
  • Melvin Bullitt, National Football League free safety (Colts)
  • Gerald Carter, NFL wide receiver (Jets/Buccaneers)
  • James T. Draper, Jr., Texas Southern Baptist clergyman who began his pastorate in Bryan in 1956
  • Bill Flores, congressman from Texas since 2011
  • Linda Ellerbee, NBC broadcast journalist
  • Roy Bill Garcia, radio personality
  • Jack Kingston, congressman from First District of Georgia
  • David Konderla, Roman Catholic bishop
  • Devin Lemons, NFL linebacker (Redskins)
  • Don McLeroy, dentist in Bryan; former member of the Texas State Board of Education known for his conservative educational philosophy
  • Aries Merritt, 2012 Olympic gold medalist in 110-meter hurdles
  • William T. "Bill" Moore, state senator from 1949 to 1981, known as "the Bull of the Brazos" and "the father of the modern Texas A&M University"
  • R. T. Guinn is an American professional basketball player
  • Steve Ogden, Republican former member of both houses of the state legislature; a Bryan oil and gas businessman
  • John N. Raney, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Brazos County since 2011; reared in Bryan, businessman and resident of College Station
  • Raini Rodriguez, actress who appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and the Disney channel's Austin & Ally
  • Rico Rodriguez, young actor known best for his role in the ABC sitcom Modern Family
  • Shawn Slocum, special teams coordinator of the Green Bay Packers
  • Syndric Steptoe, NFL wide receiver (Browns)
  • Doug Supernaw, country music artist
  • Ty Warren, NFL defensive end (Patriots)
  • Charles F. Widdecke, decorated Major general of the Marine Corps
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