College Station is located in Brazos County and has a population of 82,429 (2006). Situated near the boundary between East Texas and Central Texas, College Station is located in the most populated region of the state. College Station and the neighboring town of Bryan make up the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Area, with an overall population of approximately 192,603. College Station is the home of the main campus of Texas A&M University, and the city's name derives from the University's location along the railroad. The University, designated as a Land, Sea, and Space-grant institution, brings a multitude of research projects to the area with ongoing endeavors sponsored by NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. College Station was ranked the most educated city in Texas and the 11th most educated city in the United States by Money Magazine (2006).
Points of interest in College Station include the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum dedicated to George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. The library and museum are located on a 90-acre site on the west campus of Texas A&M University. The library archives contain over 38 million pages of personal papers and official documents while the museum has 17,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space and 3,000 square feet of temporary exhibit space. Another attraction in College Station is the D.A. “Andy” Anderson Arboretum, which borders on Bee Creek and houses an interpretive trail system that describes native plants. Other interesting places to visit in the city include the Benjamin Knox Gallery at College Station Depot, the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, the Tonkaway Ranch-Quail Division, and the Veterans Memorial.
In search of entertainment and nightlife, visitors and residents of College Station often venture to Northgate, a mixed use district just north of Texas A&M University. Some people consider this area to be College Station's original downtown. Northgate is the heart of College Station entertainment, known for its eclectic assortment of bars, restaurants, and live music. Hot spots in Northgate include such watering holes as the famous Dixie Chicken (which claims to serve the most beer per square foot of any bar in the U.S.), Bar 315, Barbershots, Gatsby's, The Library, V Bar, and Zapatos Cantina. Popular restaurants in this dynamic entertainment district include Cafe Eccell, Freebirds World Burrito, Fat Burger, Antonio's Pizzeria, and La Bodega.