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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
Brownwood is a town in Texas with a population of 18,841. Brownwood is in Brown County. Living in Brownwood offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Brownwood there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Brownwood and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Brownwood are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$91,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$722
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Brownwood Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    266.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    104.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    47
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    501.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,895.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    115
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    39%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Brownwood

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,277
National
$55,322
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Brownwood Reviews

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I really like the restaurant underwoods, its honestly so amazing and there is only one in texas! Pretty much what brownwood is known for, and our football team, the guys are super cool.
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I am 26 and was raised in Brownwood, Texas from the age of 10. There is not much to offer here so I left at the first opportunity I had after high school only to return in need of financial assistance, which is unfortunate because the town doesn't have much to offer when it comes to jobs, success, and achievement. Pay rate is low and cost of living is high. Therefore, my only option to leave again is to complete my already started nursing degree and transfer to a BSN program. I am lucky that a nursing program is offered here because for several years nursing college options were none existent. Unfortunately, tutoring here is minimal so I must rely on my motivation and skillfulness of search engines. Other than that, the town is growing and is quite safe to raise kids, or so my mother always said. That is if you don't want your child to be cultured in anything but redneck, country ways or "wanna-be" thug life.
The economy is slow and inhibited - good look getting a job that pays anything. 2 redeeming facets of this town are the 24/7 park and the presence of a private university. However, this is NOT a college town, rather it is a giant retirement community with little to no amenities catering to active adults, let alone college students. There seems to be no student life in the town except for the cars parked on campus during the day. By night, the campus - like the rest of the town - seems totally abandoned. The town is nestled so deeply into the country that the closest major settlement is also a small town more than an hour drive away, financially prohibiting frequent trips to major cities if that's what you like to do, like I do. I'm sorry, but if you've been accepted to Howard Payne University AND you want to have an active student life, go somewhere else. Speaking with other people around here gives me the impression that the public education system is in the toilet.