Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville: The southernmost city in Texas. It is located on the Rio Grande River in southern Texas. Brownsville is known for its many Mexican-American cultural attractions, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Brownsville Museum of Art and the Gladys Porter Zoo.


Brownsville is a city located in the county of Cameron in the U.S. state of Texas. Its population at the 2010 census was 175,023 and a population density of 462 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 183,428 inhabitants.

The city was created 175 years ago in 1848.

Located at the southernmost tip of Texas along the Rio Grande, Brownsville embraces its multicultural heritage and ecological treasures. This border city provides a window into Mexican influences and abundant natural areas.

Border Culture

Brownsville's location adjacent to Mexico gives it a unique cultural fusion. In downtown's Market Square, shop for handmade Mexican crafts and dine on authentic cuisine. The Charro Days Fiesta celebrates the city's bi-national roots.

Historic buildings like the Stillman House Museum reflect both Mexican and Southern architectural styles using river rock and brick.


Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Brownsville's nature preserves and wildlife habitats. The World Birding Center protects nine distinct ecosystems and 500 bird species.

At the Gladys Porter Zoo, visitors get up close to rare animals like jaguars and Komodo dragons in natural enclosures. The zoo's Butterfly Garden dazzles with thousands of fluttering wings.

Beach Access

Brownsville provides access to the southern stretches of South Padre Island's beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can try beach fishing, kitesurfing, or just relax under sunny skies.

With its blending of ecosystems and cultures, Brownsville offers an authentically Texan border town experience.

Brownsville locator map
Location of Brownsville on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Brownsville

Population : 183,428 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
County : Cameron County
Postal code : 78522
Phone Area Codes : 956
Area : 378.86 km2
Altitude : 33 feet / 10 meters
Capital city : Brownsville is capital of Cameron County
Establishment : January 01, 1849 (175 years ago)
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 14:41:40 (17th April 2024)
Density : 484 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 4.58% (2010-2020)
Brownsville Skyline image
Brownsville Skyline
Brownsville Skyline image


Brownsville is located at 25°54'6"N 97°29'51"W (25.9017500, -97.4974800).

Brownsville map

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The population of Brownsville increased by 4.58% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 175,023 - census
2011 178,154 1.76% estimation process
2012 179,652 0.83% estimation process
2013 180,648 0.55% estimation process
2014 181,656 0.55% estimation process
2015 181,528 -0.07% estimation process
2016 182,311 0.43% estimation process
2017 182,384 0.04% estimation process
2018 182,333 -0.03% estimation process
2019 182,781 0.25% estimation process
2020 183,428 0.35% estimation process

Brownsville zip code is 78520. County name: Cameron, County fips: 48061

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People born in Brownsville (44)

People born in Brownsville, including country music singer, songwriter, musician, and film actor Kris Kristofferson, United States Navy admiral Bill Studeman, actress Shelbie Bruce, .


Schools in Brownsville

College & universities near Brownsville, TX

Code Name City ZIP
227377 Texas Southmost College Brownsville (TX) 78520
456922 South Texas Vocational Technical Institute-Brownsville Brownsville (TX) 78520
459532 Salon & Spa Institute Brownsville (TX) 78520-8809
459967 Southern Careers Institute-Brownsville Brownsville (TX) 78520
455974 South Texas Training Center San Benito (TX) 78586

Stations (3)

Amtrak & bus stations near Brownsville, TX

Code Name Address Type
BSV Brownsville, Texas 1134 E. St. Charles Street BUS
HGN Harlingen, Texas 215 E. Monroe Ave. BUS
MEN McAllen, Texas 1501 West US Hwy 83 Business BUS

Post offices near Brownsville

Post Office Name City ZIP
Downtown Brownsvill Post Office Brownsville (TX) 78520
Brownsvill Post Office Brownsville (TX) 78520
Olm Post Office Olmito (TX) 78575
Los Fresn Post Office Los Fresnos (TX) 78566
Los Ind Post Office Los Indios (TX) 78567

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Other cities in Cameron County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Cameron County , TX. (more)

City Name Population Title
Harlingen 65,176 The most populous city in Cameron County, Texas.
San Benito 24,085 In Cameron County, Texas, USA, San Benito is a town.
Los Fresnos 7,826 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States
La Feria 7,240 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States
Cameron Park 6,963 Census designated place
Cameron Park Colonia 6,963 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States of America
Port Isabel 6,226 City in Cameron County, Texas, United States
Primera 5,271 Town of the United States
Laureles 3,692 Census designated place in Texas, USA
Laguna Heights 3,488 Place in Cameron County, Texas, United States
Laguna Vista 3,217 Town of the United States
Combes 3,037 Town of the United States
La Paloma 2,903 La Paloma, in Cameron County, Texas, United States, is a census-designated place (CDP).
South Padre Island 2,752 Town in Texas, United States
Santa Rosa 2,684 The town of Cameron County, Texas, U.
Rio Hondo 2,639 City in Texas, USA

Distance to Other Cities

Brownsville distances to largest Texas cities