MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Brownsville, Texas, the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley.
Rio Grande Valley
Brownsville, Texas, sits at the southern tip of the state, just 20 miles west of the Gulf of Mexico. With a sub-tropical climate, Brownsville is known for its pleasant winters, low cost of living, and water-related recreational activities.
Brownsville anchors the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which spreads 60 miles west and 30 miles north. The city is a major trading center for agriculture, commercial, and manufacturing interests with Mexico and an international seaport. The city has nearly quadrupled its wealth in the past 15 years, with an assessed valuation of over $7.5 billion
The Port of Brownsville is a major asset to the Brownsville and regional Valley economy. A Martin Associates economic impact study released in August 2019 revealed the “port is responsible for more than 51,000 jobs and $3 billion in annual state economic activity.”
Other major employers in the area include All Star Metals, ESCO Marine, H-E-B, National Electric Coil, and Worldwide Digital.
Quality of Life
- Cost of living is a whopping 26.6 percent lower than the national average.
- Population of 187,831 based on projections by the 2020 Census.
- Median home price is $127,300
- Median Household Income is $40,924
- Smart Asset ranked Brownsville the 16th safest city in the U.S.
- Average commute time is 20.1 minutes.
The Brownsville Independent School District provides elementary, middle, and early college high schools and three alternative schools. BISD has a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1 and earned an overall B rating from Niche.com
Brownsville’s sub-tropical climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico provide residents with plenty of options for outdoor activity and entertainment.
Sunrise Mall The 700,000-square-foot mall is home to more than 100 stores offering clothing, appliances, food, and more.
Monte Bella Bike Trail The flat bike trail, ideal for beginners, stretches 6.2 miles through lush local scenery, and riders can see a variety of birds. Visitors can also enjoy a 21-disc golf course near the trail.
Brownsville Fine Arts Museum Celebrating its 16th anniversary, the 17,000-square-foot Brownsville Museum of Fine Art recently opened its Delores Huerta exhibit and has exhibited Manuel Hinojosa and Ray Smith in the past. The museum takes open submissions on occasion.
South Padre Island Just a 40-minute drive from Brownsville, stretching 113 miles down the southern Texas coast, Padre Island is the longest barrier island in the world. South Padre is a popular resort community and home to 16 wildlife species with state or federal conservation status. Visitors can take surf lessons, go on a sailing charter, take an eco-tour, and more.
Resaca de la Palma State Park Visitors can explore over 8 miles of trails, observe wildlife from one of four decks overlooking the resaca, take a tram tour, and attend a ranger program on the nature and history of the park and surrounding area.
Brownsville Farmer’s Market Fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, home-baked goods, jams, sauces, and more can all be found at the Brownsville Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm in Linear Park, downtown.
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