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Industrial port city
Brownsville is a city in Cameron County.
It is the county seat.
The latitude of Brownsville is 25.901N. The longitude is -97.497W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 33 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 156,178.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Brownsville demographic reports
Brownsville is on the Rio Grande, across from Matamoros, Mexico
The establishment of Fort Brown, by Gen. Zachary Taylor in 1846, helped launch the Mexican-American War
The Brownsville airfield was the site of flights by many early aviators, including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Eddie Rickenbacker
Public transportation: Brownsville Urban System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 757. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 5 per 1,000 people.
Census 2000 highlights: Brownsville had the highest poverty rate (36%) among U.S. cities with populations of 100,000 or more; Among major American cities, ranks No. 2 in percentage Hispanic population (91.3%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Kris Kristofferson, singer, actor, composer
Local festivals include:
- Charro Days - Feb. 18-25, 2007
- Brownsville International Birding Festival - Feb. 15-17, 2007
- Latin Jazz Festival - Oct. 11-14, 2007
- Sombrero Festival - Feb. 22-24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Brownsville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Boca Chica State Park
Brownsville attractions: Gladys Porter Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Historic Brownsville Museum, Brownsville Art League Museum, Stillman House Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Texas at Brownsville
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 100
Brownsville is hardly the best of Texas, being at once tumultuous of motion and hangdog of manner. It reminds me of several other towns -- Port Said, Panama, Trieste -- where cultures are tossed against each other by history, now one pre-eminent, now another, but it somehow lacks the sting or fizz of confrontation.
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Ancestry & family history
2% of Brownsville residents report German ancestry, and 1% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Brownsville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Brownsville was $9,762, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of Brownsville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Brownsville festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Latin Jazz Festival - O
- Charro Days - F
- Sombrero Festival - F
- Brownsville International Birding Festival - F
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Brownsville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $322. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $767.
Libraries in Brownsville include Brownsville Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Brownsville include Brownsville Herald
TV stations in Brownsville include KVEO.
Cameron County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Brownsville political report.
The average commute time for Brownsville workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 38 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Brownsville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ Brownsville is hardly the best of Texas, being at once tumultuous of motion and hangdog of manner. It reminds me of several other towns -- Port Said, Panama, Trieste -- where cultures are tossed against each other by history, now one pre-eminent, now another, but it somehow lacks the sting or fizz of confrontation. ”
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