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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  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+
Brownsville is a city in Texas with a population of 182,679. Brownsville is in Cameron County. Living in Brownsville offers residents a sparse 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
182,679

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$710
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Brownsville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    292.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    6.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    76.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    299.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,245.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    75.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    36%
    13%

Working in Brownsville

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,499
National
$55,322
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Brownsville is a very small town on the border with Mexico. Its about a 15 minute drive away from South Padre Island. Other than that there isn't much to do. It seems like we all spend a lot of quality time with our family. Friends become family and gatherings are usually large and frequent. I rate it 4 starts because there is still plenty of room for improvement and growth. But this will always be home. There is a snack stand on every corner and always a taco place near by. The food here is the best! Although, we need more diversity because our food is basically Mexican, barbecue, tacos, and wings. I would like more parks and for the ones we do have to be maintained. It seems like the city builds something but doesn't keep up with maintenance all that well. A big pro is that you can get to any place in almost 10 minutes, commuting is fantastic.
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Brownsville, Texas, is not the best place in the Rio Grande Valley, but it is not the worst place either. Brownsville is known to be the poorest city in the United States of America, but it has its perks and national staples that make it monumental. It is known for the history that it holds, such as UTB/UTRGV (University of Texas at Brownsville/University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), that is known for being Fort Brown. Although it may be the poorest city in America, I feel that it has more to offer than just being "poor". There are opportunities to be found here for students and young adults, considering there is a UTRGV campus here, and there are opportunities to send students to the UTRGV Edinburg campus to help those students have a better future for themselves and their families. The life here is not as bad as people make it out to be, it is a historical city filled with opportunities that just need to be found and taken advantage of!
Brownsville, Texas has the freedom to a beach coast and an island that can bring in more tourist. The city also has a zoo for people who prefer family-friendly places. There is a lot of notable history in Brownsville and its very much underrated. Brownsville needs to understand that it could be better since its also a border town to Matamoros, Tampulias Mexico; I believe that if there were more hotspots for the young adults, family oriented business were to move here, Brownsville could possibly be the new San Francisco. We even have SpaceX with Elon Musk! How cool is that? We just need to improve and polish here and there, so that tourist and Browsvillians enjoy their time in the city.