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Retail Economic Development

Retail Data Fast Facts - View PDF's below for full data - Contact Ryan Rapelye, Assistant City Manager at 979-337-7591 or email at rrapelye@cityofbrenham.org

The Retail Coach Data Analysis

Why Brenham, Texas?

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Conveniently situated in southeast Texas midway between Houston and Austin, Brenham is a full-service city known for its beautiful spring bluebonnets, incredible history, German heritage, and delicious ice cream. The City covers 12.94 square miles and is located 70 miles northwest of Houston, 90 miles southeast of Austin, and 40 miles south of College Station. The City offers an exceptionally high quality of life that tops the list of reasons why residents are proud to call Brenham home. Its unhurried lifestyle and pro-growth approach to business make Brenham a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Steeped in history, Brenham became the county seat of Washington County in 1844 and was incorporated in 1858. In 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed in nearby Washington-on-the-Brazos, known as the "Birthplace of Texas." The City honors its past but looks ahead to a bright future of continued growth and sustainable economic development. With a population of approximately 17,000, it is the largest city between Houston and Austin along US 290. Within a 20-mile radius of Brenham, there is an estimated population of 60,000. Given these population centers, it is not surprising the traffic count in Brenham on US 290 is more than 26,000 vehicles per day.

Brenham is home to the oldest public school system in Texas. The Brenham Independent School District provides a strong educational foundation and works in partnership with Blinn College to prepare area youth for continued educational pursuits, as well as workforce training. Founded in 1883, Blinn College, has its main campus in Brenham and has a system-wide enrollment of more than 19,000. It was the first community college district in Texas. Blinn has the highest transfer rate to four-year colleges and universities of the 50 community colleges in Texas.

Brenham serves as an employment hub for an eight-county region in southeast Texas. The City has a good mix of industry and commercial businesses providing job opportunities for its citizens. The City partners with other governmental entities and the business community to ensure citizens are provided with the services they need to succeed. There are at least 18 major employers in Brenham employing 100 or more employees, including the famous Blue Bell Creameries. Brenham is considered a great get-away destination with over 40 bed and breakfasts, ten hotels, four wineries, a charming as well as historic downtown, antique shops, and live theater. Whether you are a resident or visitor, there are fun things to do in Brenham all year long. Some of those activities include the City sponsored downtown summer concert series, "Hot Nights, Cool Tunes"; the annual Maifest Celebration and Coronation, which celebrates the community’s German heritage; the downtown Uptown Wine Swirl; plays at Unity Theater; and the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade.

Sports and recreational activities are popular in Brenham, and the City provides many more venues and parks than comparable sized municipalities. The City currently maintains 191 acres of parkland, with more park space planned for the near future. A 107-acre tract of land was recently donated to the City and will be transformed into a family park. It is currently under design and will include extended trails, a lake, and other family park amenities. There are eight City parks, the Blue Bell Aquatic Center with three pools, an expanded skate park, the Hasskarl Tennis Center, and the Dietrich Memorial Amphitheatre. More than 400 athletic games and 30 tournaments are held at City facilities during a typical year.