Introduction to Brownville, Tennessee

Brownsville, Tennessee, in Haywood county, is 25 miles W of Jackson, Tennessee and 54 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city has a population of 10,748.

Brownsville History

Brownsville is the county seat of Haywood County. The city is named in honor of Jacob Jennings Brown, who was an officer serving at the time of The War of 1812. It was established in 1824. The city was hit by an F2 tornado in 2006, which heavily damaged the Hickory Mills Subdivision. The Temple Adas Israel, which was built in 1882, is said to be Tennessee’s oldest synagogue.

Brownsville and nearby Attractions

  • Alex Haley Home and Museum
  • Pink Palace Museum
  • African Roots Museum
  • Fort Pillow State Park
  • Haywood County Museum
  • Big Hill Pond State Park

Things To Do In Brownsville

While in Brownsville, one can visit parks and gardens like the Rose Garden, the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge and the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge. The Elma Ross Public Library offers a wide variety of reading materials. The Alex Haley Home and Museum, the Haywood County Museum and the Pink Palace Museum provide insight into the area’s history. L:ocal churches include Saint Johns Roman Catholic Church, the First Baptist Church of Brownsville and the First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville. The city also hosts the Fall Fest every October.

Brownsville Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Brownsville Higher Education

Nearby institutions of higher educational include Union University, the University of Memphis and Jackson State Community College.


Total Population 10,016
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,893
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 37%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $38,701
% Above Poverty Level 73.2%
% Below Poverty Level 26.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.9%
Median Gross Rent $580
Median House Value $94,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.4%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 4.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brownsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles W of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Haywood
Standard Zip Codes 38012
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.593
Longitude -89.262

Brownsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Station RIPLEY
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamo 2,281 $44,292
Bells 2,552 $43,727
Henning 879 $27,241
Ripley 8,291 $24,173
Stanton 396 $0

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Brownsville Public Libraries

Elma Ross Public Library
Brownsville, Tennessee
(731) 772-9534

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Brownsville Hospitals

(731) 772-4110
Emergency Service: Yes

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