JEWISH BRYAN, TEXAS:
is a city in
. As of the
2010 census, the city had a total population of 76,201. It
located in the heart of the
Central Texas). It shares its border with the city of
, which lies
to its south. Together they are referred to as the
Bryan-College Station metropolitan
, the sixteenth largest Metropolitan area in
Texas containing around 190,000 people.
The city is
centrally located, approximately equidistant from three of
the 10 largest cities in the United States. It is 92 miles
(148 km) north-northwest of
Houston, 166 miles (267 km)
San Antonio and 169 miles
(272 km) south of
Dallas. It is 104 miles
(167 km) east of
Austin, the state capital
of Texas. 75% of the Texas and
Louisiana populations (13.1
million people) live within 3.5 driving hours of Bryan.
The area around Bryan, Texas was part of a land grant to
Moses Austin by
Moses Austin's son,
Stephen F. Austin helped bring
settlers to the area. Among the settlers was
William Joel Bryan, the nephew of
Stephen F. Austin. The town of
Bryan was founded in 1821. It grew quickly when the
Houston and Texas Central Railroad
arrived in 1860. In 1866, the county seat of
Brazos County, Texas was changed
Boonville, Texas to Bryan. A short
time later, in 1871, the City of Bryan became incorporated.
- 1820s: Area settled by members of Stephen F. Austin's
- 1859: The
Houston and Texas Central Railroad
is built in the area.
- 1866: A post office was granted and Bryan replaced
Boonville, Texas as the
Brazos County seat.
- 1867: The railroad that had stopped at
Millican, Texas because of
delays during the Civil War reached Bryan.
- 1871: The first Bryan courthouse was built.
- 1872: Bryan is incorporated.
Texas A&M College opens nearby
in what became
College Station, Texas.
- 1877: The
Bryan Independent School District
- 1884: Population reaches 3,000.
- 1889: Bryan obtained electric lighting and a waterworks.
- 1892: Bryan's fifth Brazos County Courthouse was built.
- 1900: The International-Great Northern Railroad arrived in
- 1900: Population reaches 3,589.
- 1902: Bryan's
Carnegie Library was opened
with a $10,000 grant from
- 1910: Bryan builds an interurban railroad to
College Station, Texas, which
is abandoned in 1923.
- 1910: Population reaches 4,132.
- 1913 Bryan's first synagogue, Temple Freda, is completed.
- 1920: Population reaches 6,307.
- 1930s: North Oakwood merges with Bryan so Bryan and College
Station, become "twin" cities.
- 1930: Population reaches 7,814.
State Highway 6 is built
- 1940: Population reaches 11,842.
- 1950: Population reaches 18,072.
- 1960: Population reaches 27,542.
- 1970: Population reaches 33,141.
- 1980: Population reaches 44,337.
- 1990: Population reaches 55,002.
- 2000: Population reaches 65,660.
- 2006: The Texas A&M University System announces the new
Texas A&M Health Science Center campus will be built in Bryan
near the new Traditions Golf Course development.
- 2009: A fire at the El Dorado Chemical Co. caused the
evacuation of 70,000 residents due to the
ammonium nitrate burning
possibly causing minor respiratory problems.However the city
only requested that "anyone who can smell smoke or see smoke to
evacuate their homes and businesses" and did not enforce an
evacuation except for a 500 homes in the nearby vicinity of the
fire.Less than 1,000 residents chose to evacuate, taking shelter
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 as the chemicals are 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 live. In the end, only 500
residents were under a mandatory evacuation, and 35 peoples were
respiratory problems from the
smoke, while 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.
- 2010: Brazos County District Attorney's Office starts
enforcement of a gang safety Zone. In response to an escalation
in violence in and around Bryan. Major US papers and ABC
nationally news covered this history making move. Cities like
Houston Texas and LA.California look at using the Bryan model.
The injunction declares a 3.2-mile area in Bryan. This placed
about half of downtown in this area.
- 2010: Population reaches 76,201.
Bryan is located at
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the
city has a total area of 43.4 square miles (112 km2), of
which, 43.3 square miles (112 km2) of it is land and 0.1
square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.21%) is water.
As of the
census of 2000, there were 65,660
people, 23,759 households, and 14,873 families residing in the city.
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%
African American, 0.40%
Native American, 1.65%
Pacific Islander, 13.32% from
other races, and 2.17% from two or
Latino of any ethnicity/nationality
were 27.83% 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
poverty line, including 27.0% of
those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over. Source: