Brownsville, TexasBrownsville 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.
DemographicsThe 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.
EducationMost 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.
- Faith Christian Academy (PK - 8) 956.546.7725
- First Baptist School (PK - 8) 956.542.4854
- Episcopal Day School (PK - 6) 956.542.5231
- Livingway Christian School (PK - 11) 956.548.2223
- Incarnate Word (PK - 8) 956.546.4486
- Kentmont Montessori School (PK - 6) 956.542.0500
- St. Joseph Academy (7 - 12) 956.542.3581
AttractionsShop 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).
- Charro Days: Brownsville/ Matamoros, International sister cities throw a party with parades, mariachi bands, folkloric dancing and Mexican cuisine. Don't miss the famous grito or cry that marks the opening of the festivities. (956) 542-4245.
- Brownsville International Birding Festival The Festival showcases the Rio Grande Valley's summer birding opportunities and is Texas' only offshore, summertime birding festival. There are a variety of field trips and seminars as well as an info share marketplace, youth programs and evening activities. Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau, (956) 546-3721.
- Los Fresnos Rodeo, first weekend in February, featuring a full range of rodeo events and clowns. In Lions Park, Los Fresnos. (956) 233-4488.
- Riofest, Harlingen, celebrates culture with arts and crafts, art exhibits, art contests, food and music. Artists of every age can show their work or just look and learn by taking lessons at no extra charge. A make believe Western town for kids, complete with a jail, is a favorite attraction. Dozens of musical acts, both amateur and professional, are featured. Third week of April. (956) 425-2705
- Texas International Fishing Tournament, South Padre Island, first weekend in August. This legendary contest draws anglers from all over the continent. Non-fishermen can come down to the docks for the weigh-in at the end of each day. (956) 943-8438.
- Ladies Kingfish Tournament, South Padre Island, second weekend in August. This "women's only" tournament draws over 200 participants yearly from all over the country. One of the largest all 's tournaments in Texas, it has been around nearly 20 years. (956) 761-4412.