Brownsville continues being the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley with McAllen in second and Harlingen in third. High birth rates, international trade, inbound migration, and a booming economy are the main elements contributing to the exploding population.
From 2005 to 2006, Brownsville grew by 2.8 percent from 167,731 to 172,437. However, it’s the increase from the 2000 Census that separated Brownsville from the other cities in the nation.
The growth rate has contributed to Brownsville’s overall economic success. Such indicators include the residential construction boom, the unemployment rate decreasing from double digits a decade ago, and a 25 percent increase in retail business activity.
The area’s economic engine is primarily driven by the numbers in the region. The MSA’s population coupled with the 700,000 residents in Matamoros totals to more than 1.1 million in the region.
via: Brownsville Economic Development Council