Brownsboro, Texas

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Brownsboro, Texas
Brownsboro High School
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Location of Brownsboro, Texas
Location of Brownsboro, Texas
Henderson County Brownsboro.svg
Coordinates: 32°18′3″N 95°36′54″W / 32.30083°N 95.61500°W / 32.30083; -95.61500Coordinates: 32°18′3″N 95°36′54″W / 32.30083°N 95.61500°W / 32.30083; -95.61500
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.37 sq mi (6.15 km2)
 • Land2.37 sq mi (6.15 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation381 ft (116 m)
 • Total1,212
 • Density538.98/sq mi (208.13/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-10756[3]
GNIS feature ID1353003[2]

Brownsboro is a city in Henderson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,212 at the 2020 census,[4] up from 1,039 at the 2010 census. The city is on Texas State Highway 31.


Brownsboro was first settled in 1849 by John (Red) Brown, who operated a toll bridge across Kickapoo Creek on the road to Jordan's Saline and Tyler. By 1860, Henry Cade had erected a sawmill and a cotton gin. With the construction of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway through the county in 1880, the town moved to the railroad.[5]

The town of Normandy was near the site of present Brownsboro. It was established in 1845 by Johan Reinert Reiersen of Kristiansand, Norway, who urged Norwegian immigrants to settle in the new community. In the summer of 1847, a number of settlers died and many of the Norwegian immigrants moved to Four Mile Prairie in Van Zandt County and Prairieville in Kaufman County, also established by Reiersen.[6]

A Norwegian Lutheran church and cemetery were established in Normandy in 1853, but after that the community merged into the Brownsboro settlement. A nearby Lutheran church served as the chapel for the cemetery until the 1920s.[7]


Brownsboro is located in northeastern Henderson County at 32°18′3″N 95°36′54″W / 32.30083°N 95.61500°W / 32.30083; -95.61500 (32.300745, –95.615022).[8] Texas State Highway 31 passes through the city, leading east 19 miles (31 km) to Tyler and southwest 16 miles (26 km) to Athens, the Henderson county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Brownsboro has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km2), all of it land.[4] The city is on the south side of the valley of Kickapoo Creek, an east-flowing tributary of the Neches River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Brownsboro racial composition as of 2020[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 877 72.36%
Black or African American (NH) 58 4.79%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 7 0.58%
Asian (NH) 3 0.25%
Some Other Race (NH) 4 0.33%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 53 4.37% Hispanic or Latino 210 17.33%
Total 1,212

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,212 people, 506 households, and 421 families residing in the city.

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,039 people, 291 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 407.0 people per square mile (156.8/km2). There were 323 housing units at an average density of 165.2 per square mile (63.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.73% White, 1.38% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.88% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.28% of the population.

There were 291 households, out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.0% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,542, and the median income for a family was $29,844. Males had a median income of $25,729 versus $21,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,851. About 20.8% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


The city is served by the Brownsboro Independent School District.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Brownsboro, Texas
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Brownsboro city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. ^ J. J. Faulk, History of Henderson County (Athens, Texas: Athens Review Printing, 1926).
  6. ^ C. A. Clausen, ed., Lady With the Pen: Elise Waerenskjold in Texas (Northfield, Minnesota: Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1961)
  7. ^ Texas Historical Commission, Historical markers, Texas State Highway 31 in Brownsboro
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  11. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[11][12]

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