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A+ Brownsville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A+ Brownsville Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than Texas
7822% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Brownsville cost of living
C+ Brownsville Crime Total crime is 2% higher than Texas
Total crime
3,05211% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3311% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-31%Year over year crime is down
Brownsville crime
F Brownsville Employment Household income is 37% lower than Texas
Median household income
$34,25538% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$14,68351% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%14% higher than the US average
Brownsville employment
F Brownsville Housing Home value is 41% lower than Texas
Median home value
$83,80055% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$64432% lower than the US average
Home ownership
63%1% lower than the US average
Brownsville real estate or Brownsville rentals
B Brownsville Schools HS graduation rate is 24% lower than Texas
High school grad. rates
59%29% lower than the US average
School test scores
77%56% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:13% lower than the US average
Brownsville K-12 schools or Brownsville colleges

Living in Brownsville, TX

Located in the state of Texas, Brownsville is a moderately-sized city with a population of 182,110 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Brownsville is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Brownsville are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 85% of the population also speak Spanish. With an average age of 31 years old, Brownsville could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Brownsville, Texas could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like crime, weather, education and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Brownsville and in the areas around Brownsville is a much easier task.

Brownsville, TX receives 80/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #385 in Texas and #1,765 in the USA. Clearly, Brownsville is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Another exciting tidbit, is that Brownsville ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Brownsville has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (A+), weather (A+) and education (B). On a more negative note, Brownsville does not have favorable grades for the following: employment (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Brownsville, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Gladys Porter Zoo, Boca Chica State Park, and Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site.

Cost of living can have a huge effect on what’s left in your wallet at the end of each month. From housing costs to health care, it is important to know that the place you call home is also an affordable place to live. In Brownsville, the cost of living is 22.4% less than the national average, which means that after paying those bills, there might actually be a little something left over!

Knowing that the Brownsville schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 77%, which is far higher than the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Brownsville. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Brownsville are affordable. Median real estate prices in Brownsville come in at $83,800, which is 41.3% lower than the Texas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Brownsville, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 3.8% lower than the Texas average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Brownsville were 8.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.6%.

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Great Friendly Family area

Our family visited last spring. We were impressed with the friendly people, the lovely resacas around the city, and the weather. My husband and I went for morning walks around the area where we were staying. We encountered friendly waves from dozens of people along our way, even though we were obviously newcomers. My husband was born in Brownsville, nearly 70 years ago, but moved away when he was 12. I am native Californian. We were so impressed with the affordability and welcoming of this city, that we will be moving there soon. We can't speak to the nightlife because we are stay-at-home type, so I really don't care what's available in that area...or not. Just loved seeing this city and proximity to the beach. Will be calling Brownsville home, soon!
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A city full of culture to enjoy

The past review was pretty generic and extremely narrowed down to one point of view if you ask me.
Brownsville is a city in Texas where it is always sunny and beautiful yes there is a lot of Mexican people because it is a border town and because of the mexican people it has become the culture rich city that it is... If you visit during February brownsville hosts a charro days parade charro days is a day they celebrate the mixing of mexican and american people in one city because of it being a border town and they throw a huge festival and parade downtown full of people dressed in folkloric bright dresses to symbolize mexican culture in america. but it also is home to many americans there is poor rich and VERY rich people just like any other cities . But aside from that it has many restaurants to offer not just Mexican. There is a wonderful zoo to visit( not many small cities have zoos) You can visit the university of Texas at brownsville and you can even drive 15 min to south padre island ( rated top 5 spring break destinations) where there is a schlitterbahn water park and a TON of 5 star resorts and a gorgeous beach snorkeling fishing etc wonderful area to visit with kids and family . And YES EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH i lived there for 20 years and never had a problem with language brownsville is not huge on nightlife because since a lot of the population is considered lower class not many people spend on that but they still offer a lot of bars a few night clubs and live music and coffee shops they also have a beautiful art museum right next to the zoo and a lot more. Overall a good place to visit. So yeah, brownsville can be called " a city to avoid " in the eyes of someone who was there for 2 weeks ( for work ) like the person that rated it before me but it's a city that has a lot to offer for a small city and deserves a lot more credit than that.
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Brownsville, Texas - A City to Avoid

I was in Brownsville, Texas for two weeks in January 2010 for work. I found it to be an unpleasant city with little to offer visitors or residents.

A loto of the Brownsville population doesn't speak English due to its proximity to the Mexican border, and while it may still be America, it isn't the cleanest of cities either. The bars and clubs in Brownsville are riddled with prostitution and the drug trade and are dangerous to the newcomer.

Matamoros, Mexico is a main attraction around Brownsville, but the border region of Mexico is a very dangerous place for American tourists at this time and it isn't advised to travel across the border. However, there are some great Mexican restaurants in Brownsville, and most of the major retail stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy are available. Most of the people in Brownsville seemed friendly, but the drug trade and poverty are prevalent and this can be a dangerous place for tourists and visitors. I wouldn't advise choosing this as a vacation destination.
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Source: The Brownsville, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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