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The location of Brownsville

Welcome to Brownsville ...

The city of Brownsville is located in Cameron County and is the County Seat for Cameron County.

The location of Brownsville has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Brownsville has a population of 183,392 people<2> (see below for details).

Brownsville was established in 1845.

The community of Brownsville is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Brownsville lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Brownsville is located in the (956) area code.

The ZIP codes for Brownsville: 78520-78523, 78526<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Brownsville had a population of 175,023 people (which is 43.09% of the total population of Cameron County). This makes Brownsville the county's most populous community.

The population of Brownsville represents 0.7% of the population of Texas (which has 25,145,561 people), making it the state's 16th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 175,023 people, the population of Brownsville increased 25.27% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 139,722 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Brownsville had an population of 183,392 people. This is an increase of 4.78% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 31.25% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Brownsville.

Communities Also Named Brownsville ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 58 communities that are also named Brownsville - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas (3), British Columbia, California, Delaware, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Maryland (3), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York (2), North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio (6), Ontario (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania (5), South Carolina (2), South Dakota, Tennessee (2), Vermont, Virginia (3), Washington, West Virginia (2), Wisconsin and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Brownsville.

Websites for Brownsville ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Brownsville. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Brownsville. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Brownsville. Our list includes 54 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Brownsville:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Brownsville ...

Looking for more information about Brownsville? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Brownsville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Brownsville.

Communities near Brownsville ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Harlingen   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the Northwest (NW) of Brownsville

San Benito   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brownsville

Port Isabel   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) of Brownsville

Laguna Vista   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Brownsville

South Padre Island   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Brownsville

Rio Hondo   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brownsville

Rancho Viejo   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brownsville

Los Indios   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) of Brownsville

Indian Lake   [Map]

Lies 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Brownsville

Bayview   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) of Brownsville

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Brownsville.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About Cameron County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Brownsville:

The official website for Cameron County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Brownsville.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Brownsville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Brownsville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Brownsville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Brownsville includes: 78520, 78521, 78522 & 78523.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brownsville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Brownsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Brownsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 25.9981, Longitude: -97.4566     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownsville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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