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Overview

Introduction to Brownsville, Texas

The city of Brownsville, located directly on the Mexican border, is Texas' southernmost city. An international bridge connects the city to Matamoros, Mexico. Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County and is the major manufacturing center of the Rio Grande Valley. The city is serviced by U.S. Routes 77, 83, and 281; and has its own general aviation airport, the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport. Brownsville is situated about 275 miles southeast of San Antonio and 165 miles south of Corpus Christi.

When Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1835, it claimed the Rio Grande River as its western boundary. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending Texas' war of independence, confirmed the area where Brownsville now stands as being American territory. In 1848 the city of Brownsville was founded and named after Major Jacob Brown, a war hero. Incorporated as a city in 1853, Brownsville played a prominent role in the Civil War as a major port for the exporting of cotton and other goods by the Confederate States of America. After the war, a period of reconstruction ensued and by the early 1900s, the city was enjoying prosperity and experiencing a surge in population. The city today stands as one of the fastest growing manufacturing regions in the United States and an important center for technology, industry and distribution.

Attractions in Brownsville

Brownsville offers many cultural and recreational opportunities for its visitors and residents. Museums and historic sites in the city include the Historic Brownsville Museum, housed in the restored Southern Pacific Railroad Depot; and the Brownsville Heritage Complex, which contains the restored former home of the city's founder, local businessman Charles Stillman. Also in the city is the Children's Museum of Brownsville and right next door, the Americas Museum, featuring costumes and indigenous dress from throughout all of the Americas. The Commemorative Air Force Museum showcases vintage military aircraft and presents an annual Air Fiesta every March. The Gladys Porter Zoo has more than 1500 animal species housed in natural settings. Annual events in town include the Brownsville International Birding & Nature Festival (held in February), the Charro Days Fiesta (also in February), and October's Latin Jazz Festival.

Professional sports can be found a few hours north of Brownsville in nearby big Texas cities. Some of these prominent Texas teams include:

  • Basketball (NBA): San Antonio Spurs
  • Basketball (WNBA): San Antonio Silver Stars
  • Minor League Baseball: Corpus Christi Hooks (AA-affiliate of the Texas Rangers)
  • Minor League Baseball: San Antonio Missions (AA-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners)
  • Minor League Baseball: Coastal Bend Aviators (Independent team located in Robstown, Texas)
  • Hockey (American Hockey League): San Antonio Rampage
  • Hockey (Central Hockey League): Corpus Christi Rayz
  • Arena Football (Af2) Corpus Christi Sharks
  • Arena Football (IFL) Corpus Christi Hammerheads

Demographics

People

Total Population182,110
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens11.1%
Employed Population 16+66,146
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married47.5%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18%
Median Earnings25+$22,860
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,693
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,685

Wealth

Median Family Income$37,701
% Above Poverty Level67.2%
% Below Poverty Level32.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone16.8%
Median Gross Rent$644
Median House Value$83,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)89.5%
German1.1%
Irish0.7%
English0.7%
Italian0.3%
French Except Basque0.3%
Arab0.3%
Polish0.2%
African0.1%
Scottish0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Brownsville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cameron County
Standard Zip Codes78520, 78521, 78526
P.O. Box Zip Codes78522, 78523
Phone Area Codes956
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude25.96
Approximate Longitude-97.55

Brownsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBROWNSVILLE AP
Distance4 miles
Jan Temp51 to 69 F
Apr Temp65 to 82 F
Jul Temp75 to 92 F
Oct Temp66 to 84 F
Annual Precip27.5 inches
StationPORT ISABEL
Distance20.9 miles
Jan Temp52 to 67 F
Apr Temp67 to 79 F
Jul Temp78 to 89 F
Oct Temp70 to 83 F
Annual Precip28.5 inches
StationSANTA ROSA 3 WNW
Distance34.1 miles
Jan Temp48 to 69 F
Apr Temp63 to 85 F
Jul Temp75 to 96 F
Oct Temp64 to 86 F
Annual Precip21.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Laguna Vista3,195$68,264
Los Fresnos6,376$53,125
Los Indios1,019$38,750
Rancho Viejo2,405$82,560
Rangerville44$0
San Benito24,442$31,532

Brownsville Public Libraries

Brownsville Public Library
2600 CENTRAL BLVD
Brownsville, Texas
(956) 548-1055

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Brownsville Hospitals

South Texas Rehabilitation Hosptial
(Proprietary)
425 East Alton Gloor Boulevard
Valley Baptist Medical Center - Brownsville
(Non-profit)
1040 West Jefferson Street
Valley Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
100 East Alton Gloor Boulevard
Brownsville Doctors Hospital
(Proprietary)
4750 North Expressway

Brownsville Public Schools

Adult Ed
708 Palm Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 548-8175
High
Benavides El
3101 Mcallen Rd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 350-3250
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Brownsville Early College H S
733 Palm Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 698-1476
High
Total Enrollment 374
Cummings Middle
1800 Cummings Pl
ZIP: 78520
(956) 548-8630
Middle
Total Enrollment 675
Garden Park El
855 Military Hwy
ZIP: 78520
(956) 982-2630
Primary
Total Enrollment 649
Harmony Science Academy - Brownsville
1124 Central Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 574-9555
Other
Total Enrollment 477
Ignite Public Sch And Comm Serv Ctr At Brownsville
508 E Elizabeth St
ZIP: 78520
(956) 542-3363
Other
Total Enrollment 250
Keller El
2540 W Alton Gloor
ZIP: 78520
(956) 547-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 686
Longoria El
2400 E Van Buren St
ZIP: 78520
(956) 982-2700
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Martin El
1701 Stanford Ave
ZIP: 78520
(956) 982-2730
Primary
Total Enrollment 622
Pace H S
314 W Los Ebanos Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 548-7700
High
Total Enrollment 1922
Pullam El
3200 Madrid Ave
ZIP: 78520
(956) 547-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 580
Putegnat El
730 E 8th St
ZIP: 78520
(956) 548-8930
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
Raul Yzaguirre School For Success
2255 N Coria St
ZIP: 78520
(956) 542-2404
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Resaca El
901 Filmore St
ZIP: 78520
(956) 982-2900
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
Russell El
800 Lakeside Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 548-8960
Primary
Total Enrollment 836
Sharp El
1439 Palm Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 982-2930
Primary
Total Enrollment 529
Skinner El
411 W St Charles St
ZIP: 78520
(956) 982-2830
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Stell Middle
1105 Los Ebanos Blvd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 548-8560
Middle
Total Enrollment 989
Veterans Memorial H S
4550 U S Military Hwy 281
ZIP: 78520
(956) 574-5600
High
Total Enrollment 2182
Villa Nueva El
7455 Old Military Rd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 542-3957
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Yturria El
2955 W Tandy Rd
ZIP: 78520
(956) 350-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 508
Aiken El
6290 Southmost Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 986-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 808
Besteiro Middle
6280 Southmost Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 544-3900
Middle
Total Enrollment 826
Breeden El
3955 Dana Ave
ZIP: 78521
(956) 554-4730
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
Brite El
450 S Browne Ave
ZIP: 78521
(956) 698-3000
Primary
Total Enrollment 706
Brownsville Learning Acad
1351 E Polk St
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-2860
High
Burns El
1974 Alton Gloor Blvd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8490
Primary
Total Enrollment 936
Cameron Co Juvenile Detention Ctr
854 E Harrison
ZIP: 78521
(956) 554-6700
Canales El
1811 International Blvd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8900
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Castaneda El
3201 Lima St
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 568
Champion El
4750 Bowie Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 832-6200
Primary
Total Enrollment 832
Cromack El
3200 E 30th St
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8820
Primary
Total Enrollment 648
Del Castillo El
105 Morningside Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Egly El
445 Land O Lakes
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8850
Primary
Total Enrollment 929
El Jardin El
6911 Boca Chica Blvd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 831-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 774
Faulk Middle
2000 Roosevelt St
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8500
Middle
Total Enrollment 936
Gallegos El
2700 Avenida Rancho Viejo
ZIP: 78521
(956) 547-4230
Primary
Total Enrollment 665
Garcia Middle
5701 Fm 802
ZIP: 78521
(956) 832-6300
Middle
Total Enrollment 1018
Garza El
200 Esperanza Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-2660
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Gonzalez El
4350 Coffeeport Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 831-6030
Primary
Total Enrollment 901
Hanna H S
2615 Price Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-7600
High
Total Enrollment 2664
Hudson El
2980 Fm 802
ZIP: 78521
(956) 698-0447
Primary
Total Enrollment 836
Idea Frontier Academy
2800 S Dakota Ave
ZIP: 78521
(956) 541-2002
Primary
Total Enrollment 703
Idea Frontier College Preparatory
2800 S Dakota Ave
ZIP: 78521
(956) 541-2002
Other
Total Enrollment 797
Lincoln Park Sch
7 Orange St
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-7880
Other
Lopez H S
3205 S Dakota Ave
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-7400
High
Total Enrollment 2122
Lucio Middle
300 N Vermillion Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 831-4550
Middle
Total Enrollment 1019
Manzano Middle
2580 W Alton Gloor
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-9800
Middle
Total Enrollment 899
Morningside El
1025 Morningside Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-2760
Primary
Total Enrollment 789
Oliveira Middle
444 Land O Lakes
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8530
Middle
Total Enrollment 1231
Ortiz El
2500 W Alton Gloor Blvd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 698-1100
Primary
Total Enrollment 665
Palm Grove El
7942 Southmost Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-3850
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Paredes El
3700 Heritage Trl
ZIP: 78521
(956) 574-5582
Primary
Total Enrollment 781
Perez El
2514 Shidler Dr
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 606
Perkins Middle
4750 Austin Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 831-8770
Middle
Total Enrollment 1028
Porter H S
3500 International Blvd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-7800
High
Total Enrollment 1978
Premier H S Of Brownsville
955 Paredes Line Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 550-0084
High
Total Enrollment 182
Rivera H S
6955 Fm 802
ZIP: 78521
(956) 831-8700
High
Total Enrollment 2326
Southmost El
5245 Southmost Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-8870
Primary
Total Enrollment 455
Stillman Middle
2977 W Tandy Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 698-1000
Middle
Total Enrollment 994
Vela Middle
4905 Paredes Line Rd
ZIP: 78521
(956) 548-7770
Middle
Total Enrollment 904
Vermillion Road El
6895 Fm 802
ZIP: 78521
(956) 831-6060
Primary
Total Enrollment 897
Victoria Heights El
2801 E 13th St
ZIP: 78521
(956) 982-2960
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Brownsville Academic Center
4350 Morrison Rd
ZIP: 78526
(956) 504-6305
Other
Idea Brownsville Academy
4395 Paredes Line Rd
ZIP: 78526
(956) 832-5150
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
Idea Brownsville College Preparatory
4395 Paredes Line Rd
ZIP: 78526
(956) 832-5150
Middle
Total Enrollment 358
Living Way Leadership Academy
4955 Pablo Kisel
ZIP: 78526
(956) 554-0999
Other
Total Enrollment 1215
Olmito El
2500 Arroyo Blvd
ZIP: 78526
(956) 233-3950
Primary
Total Enrollment 617
Pena El
4975 Salida De La Luna
ZIP: 78526
(956) 547-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 675
Rancho Verde El
101 Rancho Alegre
ZIP: 78526
(956) 254-5230
Primary
Total Enrollment 629

Brownsville Private Schools

Brownsville Montessori Academy
36 S Coria St
ZIP: 78520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 46
Episcopal Day School
34 N Coria St
ZIP: 78520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 248
First Baptist School
1600 Boca Chica Blvd
ZIP: 78520
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 264
Incarnate Word Academy
244 Resaca Blvd
ZIP: 78520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 294
Kenmont Montessori School
2734 N Coria St
ZIP: 78520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 368
Montessori School
204 Boca Chica Blvd
ZIP: 78520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Joseph Academy
101 Saint Joseph Dr
ZIP: 78520
Secondary
Total Enrollment 742
St Mary's Catholic School
1300 E Los Ebanos Blvd
ZIP: 78520
Elementary
Total Enrollment 380
Guadalupe Regional Middle School
1214 Lincoln St
ZIP: 78521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
St Luke Catholic School
2850 E Price Rd
ZIP: 78521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 295
Valley Christian High School
1190 Mackintosh Dr
ZIP: 78521
Secondary
Total Enrollment 80
Faith Christian Academy
1944 E Alton Gloor Blvd
ZIP: 78526
Elementary
Total Enrollment 165
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