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Quality of Life

Today and in large part because of the region’s urbanization and internationalization, the Research Valley boasts a quality of life that celebrates the arts and culture, education, commerce, and the outdoors. The Research Valley is home to two of the best public school districts in the State of Texas, churches of every faith, world-class restaurants and commercial districts, and a wonderful parks system.
According to Sperling’s Best Places Cost of Living, the Research Valley finds itself below (better than) the American average in major categories like food, health and transportation costs. A rating of 100 is average. The Research Valley is known for its award-winning schools, excellent medical facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, and an abundance of outdoor activities.

Cost of Living Index 

  The Research Valley US Average
Overall 91.0 100
Food 90.3 100
Health 95.0 100
Housing 88.0 100
Utilities 96.0 100
Transportation 97.0 100
Miscellaneous 90.0 100
Sperling's Cost of Living (as of May 2018)    

Brazos County Housing Cost

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Median Sold Price $204,655 $217,940 $235,749 $250,293
# of Sold Listings 2,820 2,955 2,820 2,770
Bryan/College Station Regional Association of REALTORS