Brownsville is easily the biggest city in the lower Rio Grande Valley and is a prospering, international seaport. It is also the county seat of Cameron County. The city lies approximately 33 feet above see level and is situated approximately 25 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Matamoros, Tamaulipas lies adjacent to Brownsville across the Mexican border.
Brownsville has one of the most appealing and beautiful weather conditions in Texas State. The average temperature is about 74 degrees, with nearly 25.55 inches of precipitation every year. The city experiences an average relative humidity of approximately 75.25%. This wonderful weather conditions encourages residents to take part in several outdoor recreational activities throughout the year. South Padre Island and Matamoros are situated only minutes away and are ideal vacation locations for the residents of Brownsville.
With a population of 200,000 people, Brownsville is still dwarfed in size by its sister city, Matamoros, that has an approximate population of 750,000 people. Brownsville is considered one of the fastest growing areas within the nation.
In the city of Brownsville, there are a host of exciting local attractions the Gladys Porter Zoo, the Port of Brownsville, the Children's Museum of Brownsville, Camille Lightnery Playhouse, and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.
The largest shopping mall in Brownsville City, and the primary mall within the Brownsville-Harlingen metroplex, is Sunrise Mall. There used to be a different mall in the city of Brownsville, Amigoland Mall, but the University of Texas acquired the building after several of the tenants transferred to Sunrise Mall after it was remodeled in the year 2000.
Practically 53 percent of Brownsville's residents is part of the city's labor force. Nearly 24% of these are females. A projected 71.69% of workers sixteen years of age or over, commute to work alone by van, truck, or car. Just 1.27% of the residents utilize public transportation, like taxicabs. The percentage of people who work from home is about 2.18%.
The estimated average household income is around 25,000. Practically 28 percent of the labor force is involved in some capacity with management, professional, and related occupations. Construction, extraction, and maintenance occupations make up 9.42% of Brownsville. 26.73% of the workforce is involved with office and sales occupations, and approximately 16.86% of the population is involved with transportation, material moving, production occupations.
Located 2 miles from downtown is the Port of Brownsville, which plays a vital role in the city's economy. It links the road networks from Mexico and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway of Texas to the city of Brownsville.
The city of Monterrey in Mexico is just 198 miles to the West of Brownsville. Monterrey is among the largest Latin American cities and is a major source from which the city of Brownsville draws its cargo.