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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    B+

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%

Brownsville Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    142
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    29
    41
  • Robbery
    70
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    494
    500
  • Theft
    2,673
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    81
    284

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 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.
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Brownsville is a great town to live in! The city has great people, culture, food, and things to do. I have lived in Brownsville for over 24 years, and believe that it is one of the best places to raise a family. Brownsville's urban area is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Local attractions include the Gladys Porter Zoo, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Camille Lightner Playhouse, a historical downtown with buildings over 150 years old, the Port of Brownsville, and the Children's Museum of Brownsville. There is also easy access to South Padre Island and the Mexican city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas. Additionally, Brownsville also has the Sunrise Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the city of Brownsville.
Brownsville is best characterized by the friendliness of its people. Although the city itself isn't the most exciting (and the weather isn't much to jump for either), the people make the area beautiful. Public education is average, but they produce hardworking students who want to help their families. There isn't much reason to fear for one's safety, and the area is generally very safe. The city is very family friendly, and it is most definitely a good place to retire or raise a family. The real estate market isn't extremely volatile, but it isn't stagnant. Living in Brownsville is very affordable for lower and middle class families. The city is pretty unhealthy, but changes are slowly being made to change that with healthy restaurants and gyms being built. There isn't much diversity with such proximity to the Mexican border, and 90% of the population is Hispanic.