Brownsville, Florida

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Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
Location in Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Bureau map showing CDP boundaries
U.S. Census Bureau map showing CDP boundaries
Coordinates: 25°49′17″N 80°14′25″W / 25.82139°N 80.24028°W / 25.82139; -80.24028Coordinates: 25°49′17″N 80°14′25″W / 25.82139°N 80.24028°W / 25.82139; -80.24028
Country United States
State Florida
County Miami-Dade
 • Total2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total14,393
 • Density6,257.8/sq mi (2,439.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)305
FIPS code12-09000[1]
GNIS feature ID1867121[2]
For the community near Pensacola, see Brownsville, Escambia County, Florida.

Brownsville, (also known as Brown Sub), is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in metropolitan Miami, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,313, up from 14,393 in 2000. After three decades of population loss, Brownsville gained population for the first time in over 40 years in the 2010 US Census.


Brownsville was originally a settlement for white families in the 1920s. Blacks began moving into the neighborhood between the late 1940s and early 1960s as the population surrounding nearby Liberty Square expanded and many inner-city whites moved to newly built suburban subdivisions surrounding Miami city proper in the wake of World War II.

By the mid-1960s, Brownsville was a thriving community for black professionals. However, the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that outlawed the restrictive covenants and riots in 1968 and 1980 brought the black flight of middle and upper-class families from the community. Brownsville experienced continued population loss from 1970 until 2000, as part of a greater suburbanization trend of among the U.S. upwardly-mobile middle class. By the 2010 US Census, Brownsville had gained population for the first time in over 40 years, rising to 15,313 residents.[3]

Construction began on a transit oriented development "Brownsville Transit Village" in 2010, on the 5.8-acre site of the Brownsville Metrorail station parking lot. The project cost $100 million to build, and is composed of 467 units in five high-rise residential towers with ground-floor retail centered around the Brownsville Metro station. The project was partially funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, and is one of the largest transit oriented development and affordable housing projects in Miami.[4][5]


Brownsville is located at 25°49′17″N 80°14′25″W / 25.82139°N 80.24028°W / 25.82139; -80.24028 (25.821275, -80.240220).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Census-designated place (CDP) has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 14,393 people, 4,814 households, and 3,254 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 6,275.1 people per square mile (2,426.7/km²). There were 5,506 housing units at an average density of 2,400.5/sq mi (928.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.23% African American, 5.76% White, 0.22% Native American, 0.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.45% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.22% of the population.

There were 4,814 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.1% were married couples living together, 39.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.66.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 35.0% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $16,902, and the median income for a family was $19,703. Males had a median income of $21,098 versus $21,182 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $9,722. About 37.4% of families and 42.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 54.6% of those under age 18 and 33.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2000, speakers of English as a first language accounted for 89.22% of residents, while Spanish made up 10.22% of the population, and French Creole made up 0.53% of all residents.[9]


Miami-Dade County Public Schools operates area public schools.[10]

Elementary schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

High schools[edit]


Miami-Dade Public Library operates area public libraries:

  • Model City Library


Brownsville is served by Miami-Dade Transit along major thoroughfares via Metrobus, and by the Miami Metrorail, Tri-Rail, and Amtrak at:





  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  5. ^ "Groundbreaking set for $100M Brownsville project". 2010-06-22.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  8. ^ Census area returned as Browns Village in 1970.
  9. ^ "MLA Data Center Results of Brownsville, FL". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  10. ^ "Brownsville CDP, Florida Archived June 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.