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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B+
Brownsville is a city in Texas with a population of 182,110. Brownsville is in Cameron County. Living in Brownsville offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Brownsville there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Brownsville and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Brownsville are above average.
About Brownsville...
Population
182,110

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$83,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$644
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Brownsville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    140
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    43
    41
  • Robbery
    72
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    357
    500
  • Theft
    2,362
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    76
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,255
National
$55,322
Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    36%
    13%

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Brownsville has a lot of things to offer. For one, it has multiple high schools that are well-known for their excellence. For example, on an extracurricular aspect, Brownsville schools are known to advance to nationals for organizations like HOSA and SkillsUSA. Another thing about this city has a lot of things to do. We have a local zoo, a mall, great restaurants-- all of these places are great locations that enhance the city. One thing that I'd say about Brownsville, though, is that it is a very close-minded place. Most people in this area are from Hispanic/Latino descent, and the majority of the population has particular feelings about certain issues. Overall, though, the city is awesome!
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Brownsville is a big town but feels small enough in the sense that if and when you leave, you'll miss home. Some parts are still rural. The Hispanic culture is strong in this town. Border security can sometimes be an issue. But the Mexican food is true and awesome! I wouldn't say it's a town with a terrible crime rate but it's certainly not low, either. The air quality is meh, I'd state confidently that when I go for a drive in the rural areas of town I can definitely breathe better. The nightlife will have you wanting to visit clubs/bars in McAllen, about an hour away because Brownsville's nightlife can get old. Real Estate is great. Many homes are affordable. I work with many physicians and many of these doctors own high end homes that cost between $300,000-1,000,000. These homes will go for $4-5 million in the California or similar.

I want to move to the Hill Country around San Antonio, Tx but I know I will be missing home badly when I leave.
Brownsville is a small city full of culture. From a visitors perspective, all there is to the city is amazing (authentic) Mexican food, the Palo Alto Battlefield, and the border, but there is so much more once one has become better acquainted with the city. The restaurants and coffee shops that the downtown area has to offer are exquisite. Even though the area doesn't look like 6th street Austin, there are so many delicious and obscure places that the residents can't get enough of! Another aspect of the society that makes Brownsville so captivating is how closely knit mast every one is. Families here have been living in the city for generations upon generations, and have ties to other families. This feeling of closeness resonates with the environment and makes events like sombrero fest all the more compelling to be a part of. Overall, Brownsville is a lovely place to visit and live in because the size, location, and population of the community are just right.