Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville is a city in the the county seat of Cameron County, Texas, United States - Texas' southernmost city.  With a total area of approximately 83.0 square miles, it has become Rio Grande Valley's largest city by far.

It was originally establised late in 1848 by Charles Stillman, and was made county seat of Cameron County in 1849.  The State of Texas ire-incorporated Brownsville into the state back in 1853 and remains until this day.  In 1986, The Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Vally admitted its first class.  In 1991, Brownsville received a University via the partnership between the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.  Brownsville was declared an All-America City in 2001.  On December 25, 2004 - Brownsville had its first instance of measurable snow in 109 years, with 1 1/2 inches and the first recorded White Christmas.

Demographics

The 2000 Census recorded 38,174 households and 32,180 families - a total of 139,722 people residing in this city.  The racial make-up of Brownsville is 81.65% White, .41% Native American, .54% Asian, .03% Pacific Islander and a total of 91.28% of the population are Hispanic or Latino.  The median income for a household was recorded at $24,468 and the median income for a family was $26,186.  In 2000, the median gross rent paid for housing in Brownsville was $405 per month.  This was the lowest of any city in the United States with more than 100,000 people.

*According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 87.2% speak a language other than English at home.

Education

Most of Brownsville is served by Brownsville Independent School District.  It is the 17th largest school district in Texas with 45,986 students in total enrollment back in 2003-2004.  A portion of northern Brownsville is served by Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District.

Private and Parochial Schooling is also available in Brownsville.
The nearest university study programs can be achieved through University of Texas at Brownsville - nothing so close can take you so far!

Attractions

Shop til you drop at Sunrise Mall - or appease your food cravings with the eclectic cuisine we have to offer and even catch a glimpse of the Realm of the Dragon at our very own, Gladys Porter Zoo.

Mexico is just a two-step across the Rio Grande from downtown Brownsville, easily making your trip an international one.  Matamoros welcomes visitors to join in their cultural events, bargain shopping and ever-expanding collection of restaurants (often accompanied by music at your table).

Events

Getting Here

Brownsville is served by U.S. Route 77/U.S. Route 83 (US 77 is a proposed part of NAFTA's future Interstate 69) and by U.S. Route 281.  Brownsville has its own city-owned airport, the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport.  The airport is used for general aviation and is served by one commercial airline, Continental Airlines.