Brownsville, TX 78521 ZIP Code Profile

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ZIP Code 78521: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Brownsville, TX 78521

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 2,572
  • Single Family Addresses: 23,730
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 4,649
  • County: Cameron County
  • Centroid: Latitude 25.939, Longitude -97.447
  • Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC -6 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

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Brownsville, TX 78521 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 99,001
Population in Households 98,782
Population in Familes 91,300
Population in Group Qrtrs 219
Population Density1 985
Diversity Index2 31


Total Households 27,288
Average Household Size 3.62
Family Households 22,754
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 29,645 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,937 (50.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 12,351 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,357 ( 8.0%)
Median Home Value $72,115
Average Home Value $96,972


Median Household Income $28,282
Average Household Income $41,249
Per Capita Income $11,458
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.82% 0.86%
Households 0.88% 0.88%
Families 0.78% 0.83%
Median Household Income   -0.34%
Per Capita Income   0.84%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Brownsville, TX 78521 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 78521 to the other 1,873 ZIP Codes in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 100th
Population Density1 # 543 71st
Diversity Index2 # 1668 11th
Median Household Income # 1766 6th
Per Capita Income # 1812 3rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Texas Census Data Comparison Tool.