Area Code 979

Where Is Area Code 979?

Updated: February 22nd 2021

Area code 979 is found in Texas serving towns and cities along the Brazos River, which includes College Station and Bryan. Area code 979 is located in the Central Time Zone and covers 14 counties of Texas. Area code 979 was put into effect on February 13, 2000, and was created from a split of area code 409.

College Station is a city in Brazos County in Central Texas. Situated in the heart of the Brazos Valley, College Station is approximately 97 miles northwest of Houston and 107 miles northeast of Austin. College Station has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. Going back in history, the Houston and Texas Central Railway built through the region in 1860. In 1871, the site was selected as the location for Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, a land-grant college. When the college opened in 1876, it became the first public institution of higher education in Texas. The college was somewhat isolated, so school administrators had no choice but to provide facilities for those who were associated with the college. As a result, the community was built around the college. When the post office opened in 1877, it decided to name the area College Station, after the train station adjacent to the college. The college and community experienced simultaneous growth, which prompted residents to want to create a municipal government. In 1938, citizens voted to incorporate College Station. In 1963, the Texas Legislature decided to rename Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University; the name change was done to reflect the institution's expanded roles and academic offerings.

College Station has a population of 93,857 and the racial makeup of the city is 77.2% White, 14.0% Hispanic, 9.1% Asian, and 6.8% African American (2010 Census). College Station is a fairly safe city to reside in.

It is no surprise that the majority of the economy is centered on Texas A&M University, the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. The university is the largest university by enrollment in Texas and the second largest university by enrollment in the United States. The Texas A&M Aggies football team plays their homes games at the Kyle Field, the fourth largest American football stadium in the United States. The Post Oak Mall is the largest mall in the Brazos Valley and the second largest employer in the city. The mall was crucial to the economy, as College Station lacked a major retail community; the mall generates over 75% of the city’s retail sales. Northgate is a district in College Station that is known for being the vibrant part of the city. Northgate features numerous restaurants, bars, churches, and entertainment venues, which are all mainly frequented and patronized by Texas A&M students. The biggest point of interest in the city is the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Located on a 90-acre site at Texas A&M University, the library and museum is dedicated to conserving and making accessible the artifacts and records of George H.W. Bush. From November to January, residents and tourists get to visit Santa's Wonderland, a seasonal amusement park that claims to be the biggest Christmas attraction in Texas.

Major Cities In Area Code 979

College Station


Lake Jackson


Bay City

Bryan is a city in Central Texas and the county seat of Brazos County. Bryan is situated in the heart of the Brazos Valley and is part of the Bryan–College Station metropolitan area. Going back in history, Moses Austin received a land grant from the Monarchy of Spain in 1820; the land grant was for the area around Bryan. Shortly after Moses Austin died, his son Stephen F. Austin fulfilled his father’s dream of colonizing Texas by bringing settlers to the area around Bryan in the 1820s and 1830s. Bryan became the county seat of Brazos County in 1866 and was incorporated in 1871. Today Bryan has a population of 76,201 and the racial makeup of the city is 64.2% White, 36.2% Hispanic, 18.0% African American, and 1.7% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Bryan is a dangerous city to reside in. Since College Station is only five miles away, many residents of Bryan work at Texas A&M University. When it comes to outdoor recreation, Lake Bryan has over 125 acres dedicated to year-round camping.

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