UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 8:20pm
BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — Bryan is among the best cities in Texas for job seekers.
NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, ranked Bryan ninth on their list after assessing the area's population growth, median income and unemployment rate using data obtained from the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"It's no surprise that Bryan ranks high on this list," said Divya Raghavan, NerdWallet analyst. "Bryan's population growth and low unemployment rate, coupled with Texas' low cost of living, makes it a great city for those seeking employment."
The City of Bryan experienced a 13.4 percent increase in population in ages 16 and above, between 2009 and 2011. Bryan also benefited from a 5.1 percent unemployment rate.
According to the article, 2013 is an excellent year for employment in Texas. The annual job growth rate is around 3 percent, up from 2.8 percent in 2012. Construction is expected to be a major industry force through the end of the year, and most other industries have reported consistent job growth in recent months. Texas's low cost of living and diversity of employment opportunities make it an obvious choice for anyone looking to enter the workforce, change career direction or begin a business.
Healthcare, education and government are the area's top industries, while Texas A&M University, the Bryan Independent School District and the City of Bryan are listed as the largest employers. The Texas A&M Health Science Center is located in Bryan, offering jobs in biomedical research and education. The Center's Clinical Learning Resource Center also provides students of the medical fields with hands-on experience in a hospital setting.
Julia Baily, another NerdWallet analyst, said Bryan's median income may appear low, but said a major contributing factor is the presence of a large student population with Texas A&M and Blinn College boasting healthy enrollments. It is expected that a great number of students either report no income or part-time income. The figure is not divided between full-time or part-time workers.