Cameron County, Texas
|Cameron County, Texas|
The current Cameron County Courthouse in Brownsville
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Ewen Cameron|
|• Total||1,276 sq mi (3,305 km2)|
|• Land||906 sq mi (2,347 km2)|
|• Water||371 sq mi (961 km2), 29.03%|
|• Density||370/sq mi (143/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Cameron County is the southernmost county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 406,220. Its county seat is Brownsville. The county was founded in 1848 and is named for Captain Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and in the ill-fated Mier Expedition.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Government and infrastructure
- 4 Education
- 5 Economic development
- 6 Media
- 7 Communities
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
I-2 is a west-east freeway from the Hidalgo County line to I-69E in Harlingen.
I-69E is a south-north freeway from Brownsville, blocks north of the international border, to the Willacy County line. Once fully completed, I-69E along with (once fully completed) I-69W will terminate just south of Victoria, TX, where both interstate highways will merge to form I-69. Once fully completed the mainline of I-69 will travel from Brownsville, TX to Port Huron, MI.
US-77 is a freeway through Harlingen to Brownsville, blocks north of the international border.
US-83 is a freeway through Harlingen to Brownsville, blocks north of the international border.
US-281 is called the "Military Highway" through Cameron County and runs roughly adjacent to the Rio Grande and the international border.
- State Highway 4
- State Highway 48
- State Highway 100
- State Highway 107
- State Highway 345
- State Highway 550
Adjacent counties and municipios
- Willacy County, Texas (north)
- Hidalgo County, Texas (west)
- Matamoros Municipality, Tamaulipas, Mexico (south)
To the east, the county borders the Gulf of Mexico.
National protected areas
- Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
As of the census of 2000, there were 335,227 people, 97,267 households, and 79,953 families residing in the county. The population density was 370 people per square mile (143/km²). There were 119,654 housing units at an average density of 132 per square mile (51/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.29% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 15.98% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. 84.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 97,267 households out of which 45.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 17.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.80% were non-families. 15.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.81.
In the county, the population was spread out with 33.80% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 17.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $26,155, and the median income for a family was $27,853. Males had a median income of $22,755 versus $18,182 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,960. About 28.20% of families and 33.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.10% of those under age 18 and 22.90% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hane stated in 2013 that the corruption in the county judiciary and legal system was so corrupt that most people would not believe it "unless they heard it themselves."
County Judge Carlos Cascos will step down after eight years in the position in January 2015 to become Secretary of State of Texas in the new administration of Governor Greg Abbott. Cascos had just won a third term as county judge in the same November 4, 2014 general election in which Abbott defeated the Democrat Wendy R. Davis. In 2006, Cascos had unseated County Judge Gilberto Hinojosa, who in 2012 became the state chairman of the Texas Democratic Party.
Cameron County is served by several school districts. They include:
- Brownsville Independent School District
- Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
- La Feria Independent School District
- Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District
- Lyford Consolidated Independent School District (partially)
- Point Isabel Independent School District
- Rio Hondo Independent School District
- San Benito Consolidated Independent School District
- Santa Maria Independent School District
- Santa Rosa Independent School District
In addition, residents are eligible to apply to South Texas Independent School District's magnet schools.
SpaceX has been approved by the FAA to build a private space launch facility east of Brownsville on the Gulf Coast. If built, the SpaceX private launch site is projected to employ 75–100 full-time workers in the early years with up to 150 full-time employees/contractors by 2019. In 2014, Space-X acquired additional land near Boca Chica which they consolidated into a subdivision labelled "Mars Crossing," possibly named after the novel by science-fiction writer Geoffrey A. Landis.
- KFRQ 94.5FM - Official Site
- KKPS 99.5FM - Official Site
- KNVO 101.1FM - Official Site
- KVLY 107.9FM - Official Site
- The Brownsville Herald (A Freedom Communications, Inc. newspaper based in Brownsville, TX) - Official Site
- Valley Morning Star (A Freedom Communications, Inc. newspaper based in Harlingen, TX) - Official Site
- Indian Lake
- Laguna Vista
- Los Indios
- Rancho Viejo
- Santa Rosa
- South Padre Island
Other unincorporated areas
- List of museums in the Texas Gulf Coast
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Cameron County, Texas
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "DeWitt Colony Militia Captains". Tamu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Clark, Steve. "Borders liquidation to bring down local Waldenbooks." The Brownsville Herald. July 20, 2011. Retrieved on July 21, 2011.
- "Port Isabel Service Processing Center." U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved on 21.July 2010.
- Texas Department of Transportation, 2008Retrieved 26.April 2013
- Perez-Treviño, Emma. "Judge: Hard to believe depths of Cameron County corruption." Valley Morning Star at The Monitor. Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Retrieved on January 5, 2014.
- John Reynolds and Reeve Hamilton (November 11, 2014). "Abbott Says He Will Name Cascos as Secretary of State". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
- Martinez, Laura (2012-04-10). "Brownsville area candidate for spaceport". The Monitor. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
- Nield, George C. (April 2014). Draft Environmental Impact Statement: SpaceX Texas Launch Site (Report) 1. Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
- Perez-Treviño, Emma (2014-02-19). "SpaceX continues local land purchases". Valley Morning Star. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
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