The largest city in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Brownsville Advantage

Brownsville, Texas is among the best places for business and careers in the U.S. and its unique location in the southern tip of Texas makes it a multimodal city that hosts trade by air, sea, road, rail and space. Brownsville, Texas is turning into best city in South Texas with enhanced quality of life assets.

Key Factors on Quality of Life

+ 70-plus river miles of resacas
+ 34 public parks (over 1,000 acres of parkland)
+ 32 miles of hike/bike trails
+ The Brownsville Sports Park (comprised of 10 full sized lighted multi-sports fields)
+ Nationally recognized 31 acre zoo; Gladys Porter Zoo
+ Nationally recognized birding destination; World Birding Center
+ Commute-friendly retail and dining clusters
+ Texas' #1 beach destination only 27 miles away; South Padre Island
+ Ranked safest city in the state of Texas
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Brownsville has a variety of destinations that you can enjoy with plenty of places to shop and eat. A city located just minutes away from Texas’ number one beach destination, South Padre Island, and only minutes away from the rest of the Rio Grande Valley. Not only will you experience a new sense of discovery, but you will want to rediscover our city again and again.

Shop and dine local in Brownsville, Texas. Enjoy our Mitte Cultural District in our Historic Downtown and stop by our Historical Markers to learn about the history of Brownsville. To learn more about the collaborative campaign, "Discover Brownsville", click the link below.

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We Mean Business

Brownsville is located on the southernmost tip of Texas and is separated by the Rio Grande River from its sister city, Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The city serves as a hub for international trade and commerce due to its geographic location, solid infrastructure, logistics, valuable resources, pro-business climate, low labor costs and a low cost of living. As a the "type b" economic development corporation of Brownsville, Texas, we can guide you on a path to success. The BCIC has partnered with the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, Brownsville Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation and the City of Brownsville to ensure that any existing and potential business succeeds when it comes to investing in Brownsville, Texas.

The Type B EDC Offers:

+ Capital Project Grants
+ Community Event Grants
+ Promotional Grants
+ Special Project Funding Assistance
+ Economic Development Assistance

For additional information on state incentives, contact the BCIC or visit www.texaswideopenforbusiness.com.
The BCIC strives to be involved in projects that foster economic development opportunities in Brownsville, Texas under state statutes governing "type b" economic development corporations. To learn more about these statutes please click here. To request a meeting with the BCIC, please click here.

To learn more about BCIC's grants, please click here.

Key Data

Brownsville, Texas (Sources include Census, City-Data, Port of Brownsville, Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Brownsville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has a workforce that has experienced a continuous increase in employment numbers with the exception of the economic recession in 2008, which affected employment throughout the country.

Number of People Employed
2015: 154,484/153,775
2014: 148,102/146,112
2013: 144,131/142,142
2012: 135,933/134,040
2011: 129,893
Brownsville ranked No. 17 on the list of Most Recession-Recovered Cities out of 150 largest cities in the U.S. As a result of its geographic position and market, the area is well poised for significant job growth and economic development.

1. Brownsville Independent School District - Education Sector - 7,670
2. Cameron County - Government Sector - 1,950
3. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Education Sector - 1,734
4. Keppel Amfels - Manufacturing Sector - 1,650
5. Wal-Mart - Retail Sector - 1,413
With Mexican investments just across the border and foreign investments coming from overseas, Brownsville’s workforce and employment numbers will continue to grow, and the unemployment rate drop. The Brownsville MSA employment population is dispersed through various industries. The top three industries that make up most of the employment population include: Education & Health Services, Government and Trade, transportation and utilities.

Education & Health Services: 25.7%
Total Government: 22.5%
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities: 19.0%
Leisure & Hospitality: 10.1%
Professional/Business Services: 8.5%
Manufacturing: 4.2%
Financial Activities: 3.9%
Other Services: 2.9%
Mining, Logging & Construction: 2.3%
Information: 0.9%
The Port of Brownsville is a deepwater seaport located in Brownsville, Texas, at the southernmost top of Texas. Opened in 1936, the port is connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 17-mile-long ship channel. With approximately 40,000 acres, the Port of Brownsville is also the largest land-owning public port authority in the nation. Below are key figures for waterborne cargo trade from the year 2014.

Metallic Ores - 66,874 - 1.1%
Nonmetallic Minerals, Except Fuels - 457,538 - 7.4%
Chemicals & Allied Products - 29.705 - 0.5%
Petroleum & Lubricating Products - 3,220,882 - 51.8%
Primary Metal Products - 2,333,491- 37.5%
Waste & Scrap Materials - 115,192 - 1.9%
Total - 6,223,685 - 100%
Currently Brownsville, Texas is recognized among cities with the lowest cost of living in the U.S. (Source: ACCRA Cost of Living 2014 - Annual Average Data. This is the overall cost of living index, which takes into account grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health and miscellaneous expenses. The nationwide average score is 100. Therefore, if the result has a score of 110, it is 10% higher than the U.S. average.)

Las Vegas, NV
- Composite: 100.8
- Grocery: 96.8
- Housing: 100.4
- Utilities: 85.4
- Transportation: 101.2
- Health: 103.6
- Miscellaneous: 106.8

Brownsville, TX
- Composite: 89.9
- Grocery: 90.3
- Housing: 75.5
- Utilities: 96.4
- Transportation: 97.3
- Health: 97.4
- Miscellaneous: 95.1

McAllen, TX
- Composite: 88.2
- Grocery: 83.5
- Housing: 79.4
- Utilities: 100.0
- Transportation: 94.8
- Health: 88.8
- Miscellaneous: 90.8

San Diego, CA
- Composite: 130.0
- Grocery: 101.9
- Housing: 200.3
- Utilities: 97.7
- Transportation: 113.6
- Health: 109.9
- Miscellaneous: 104.9

Corpus Christi, TX
- Composite: 92.1
- Grocery: 83.2
- Housing: 83.4
- Utilities: 113.5
- Transportation: 96.3
- Health: 92.1
- Miscellaneous: 94.4
Below are the Brownsville Metropolitan Area's "Income and Benefits" statistics in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars.

Total Households - 117,836
Less than $10,000 - 16,851
$10,000 to $14,999 - 10,959
$15,000 to $24,999 - 18.618
$25,000 to $34,999 - 15,201
$35,000 to $49,999 - 16,261
$50,000 to $74,999 - 18,618
$75,000 to $99,999 - 8,838
$100,000 to $149,999 - 8,131
$150,000 to $199,999 - 2,357
$200,000 or more - 2,121

Median Household Income (dollars) - 33,179
Mean Household Income (dollars) - 48,645
A special thank you to all who participated in the development of our 3-Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. We move forward with the invested interest of turning Brownsville, Texas into a city-destination of choice.
Rebeca Castillo, Executive Director of the BCIC

To view or download our strategic plan, click below.

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Contact Information
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
500 E. St. Charles
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 545-0353
Email: info@bcic.us
Copyright 2018 Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation | Last updated February 19, 2018