Brownsville has a plenty of quirky tidbits of information that many will not be familiar with. So, to keep you clued up on Brownsville, we’ve compiled a few facts about the city. After reading this post filled with facts about Brownsville, impress your friends and colleagues with your knowledge of the “Green City”.
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Brownsville Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts
- Brownsville is situated on the U.S.-Mexico border, on the north bank of the Rio Grande.
- It is the southernmost city in Texas, U.S.
- It is the 16th most populous city in the state.
- It is connected to Matamoros, Mexico through an international bridge.
- It is the county seat of Cameron County.
- It is the manufacturing hub of the Rio Grande Valley.
- It is served by U.S. Routes 281, 83 and 77.
- The ethnic composition of Brownsville includes White-88%, African American-0.4%, Native American-0.4%, Asian-0.7%, Pacific Islander-0.01%, from other races-9.1%, and two or more races-1.5%.
Brownsville History Fast Facts
- Charles Stillman founded Brownsville in 1848.
- The city was named after Major Jacob Brown.
- In 1853, it was incorporated as a city.
- The city played a major role in the Civil War. It served as the main port for exporting cotton and other Confederate goods.
- The city has been the site for several battles- the Texas Revolution, the Mexican American War and the Civil War.
- Between 1945 and 1970, the city witnessed a surge in population.
Brownsville Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Brownsville has a Council-Manager form of government.
- It is regarded to have one of the best pro-business climates in the United States.
- The cost of living in the city is low. As per the Brownsville Economic Development Council, the cost of living in Brownsville is 10 percent less than the U.S. average.
- The Port of Brownsville is the mainstay of the city’s economy. It is an important and main economic center for South Texas.
- The economy of the city is majorly based on the international trade of the city with Mexico through NAFTA.
- It is one of the fastest growing manufacturing areas in the U.S.
- It is a major center for industry, distribution and technology.
Brownsville Important and Interesting Fast Facts
- Brownsville is nicknamed as “The Green City”.
- It was declared an “All-American City” twice, once in year 2001 and then in year 2014.
- Brownsville recorded a snowfall equaling 2 inches on Christmas day (2004). This is was the first time in 109 years that the city has a snowfall of this amount.
- The motto of the city is “on the border by the sea”.
- The country Music Hall of Fame (2004), Kris Kristofferson is from Brownsville.
- Though the official language is English, but people generally converse in Spanish. It is a mixture of English and Spanish.
- “The Brownsville Herald” is the daily newspaper of Brownsville.