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Overview

Introduction to Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, county seat of Nueces County, is a city located on the southern coast of Texas. One of the largest cities in the state, Corpus Christi is a significant port city whose port is one of the nation's largest and is also the deepest inshore on the Gulf of Mexico. Situated about 140 miles southeast of San Antonio, the city is serviced by U.S. Route 77 and 181; and Texas State Highways 35, 44, and 358. The city is home to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and to several institutions of higher learning, including Del Mar College.

The origin of Corpus Christi traces back to 1519, when Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a semi-tropical bay on the Texas coast on the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi (celebrating the "Body of Christ"). In 1838 a frontier trading post was founded by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney in the same area and the settlement eventually took the name Corpus Christi. In 1852 Corpus Christi became incorporated as a city. Since that time, Corpus Christi has grown into a regional center for marketing and distribution of agricultural commodities and boasts a local economy largely driven by tourism and the oil and petrochemical industries.

Places of Interest in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is home to several popular attractions for both visitors and residents. The city's North Beach is the setting for the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum, offering daily tours seven days a week. The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History focuses on the history of South Texas and the region's place in the world. Also located in the city's museum district are the Asian Cultures Museum and Educational Center and the Harbor Playhouse, a long-running community theatre with a history of quality local productions. The city's Heritage Park features eleven Victorian homes including the Cultural Center, which operates in the 100-year-old Galván House. The Corpus Christi Municipal Marina, one of the city's prime focal points, is on Corpus Christi Bay protected from the Gulf of Mexico by sandy barrier islands off the Texas Coast.

A number of professional sports teams call Corpus Christi home. Minor League Baseball has a Class-AA franchise in the city, the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League. The Hooks, who hosted the 2007 Texas League All Star Game, are affiliated with Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. The city is also home to the Corpus Christi Rayz of the Central Hockey League. The Rayz play their home games at Corpus Christi's new American Bank Center. Another American Bank Center resident is the local Arena Football team, the Corpus Christi Sharks. The Sharks are a 2007 expansion team belonging to the Af2 (arenafootball2) League. Two additional teams reside in the neighboring community of Robstown, Texas (20 miles to the west). The Coastal Bend Aviators are an independent minor league baseball team belonging to the American Association and the Corpus Christi Hammerheads are a professional indoor football team who play in the Intense Football League (IFL).

People

Total Population 316,513
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 145,643
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $32,021
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,779
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,247

Wealth

Median Family Income $59,043
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 25%
Median Gross Rent $893
Median House Value $115,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 5.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Corpus Christi Almanac

Category Value
County Nueces
Metro Area Corpus Christi
Standard Zip Codes 78401, 78402, 78404, 78405, 78406, 78407, 78408, 78409, 78410, 78411, 78412, 78413, 78414, 78415, 78416, 78417, 78418, 78419, 78470, 78471, 78473, 78474, 78475, 78476, 78477, 78478
P.O. Box Zip Codes 78350, 78403, 78426, 78427, 78460, 78463, 78465, 78466, 78467, 78468, 78469, 78472, 78480
Company Zip Codes 78461
Phone Area Codes 361
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.8
Longitude -97.396

Corpus Christi Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CORPUS CHRISTI INTL AP
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 66 F
Apr Temp 62 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 64 to 84 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches
Station CORPUS CHRISTI NAS
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 65 F
Apr Temp 67 to 80 F
Jul Temp 79 to 92 F
Oct Temp 70 to 83 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station CHAPMAN RANCH
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 67 F
Apr Temp 63 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 64 to 84 F
Annual Precip 31.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Corpus Christi, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Padre Island National Seasho (78418)

Po Boxes (78469)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gregory 2,137 $60,625
Ingleside 9,554 $68,431

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Corpus Christi Public Libraries

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Corpus Christi Public Libraries
805 COMANCHE ST
Corpus Christi, Texas
(361) 880-7070
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Corpus Christi Hospitals

CHRISTUS SPOHN HOSPITAL CORPUS CHRISTI
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2606 HOSPITAL BLVD
(361) 902-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

CORPUS CHRISTI MEDICAL CENTER,THE
(Proprietary)
7101 S PADRE ISLAND DR
(361) 761-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Corpus Christi High Schools

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KING H S
5225 GOLLIHAR RD
361-994-6900
Serves 2,383 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

CARROLL H S
5301 WEBER RD
361-853-0151
Serves 2,297 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

RAY H S
1002 TEXAN TRL
361-806-5300
Serves 2,196 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

MOODY H S
1818 TROJAN DR
361-854-3261
A Title I School.
Serves 1,759 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

FLOUR BLUFF H S
2505 WALDRON RD
361-694-9100
Serves 1,563 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

MILLER HIGH SCHOOL CTR FOR COMMUNI
1 BATTLIN BUC BLVD
361-884-4963
A Title I School.
Serves 1,514 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

CALALLEN HIGH SCHOOL
4001 WILDCAT DR
361-242-5626
Serves 1,317 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

TULOSO-MIDWAY H S
9760 LA BRANCH
361-241-4253
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 970 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

WEST OSO H S
5202 BEAR LN
361-289-5214
A Title I School.
Serves 463 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

DR M L GARZA-GONZALEZ CHARTER SCHO
4129 GREENWOOD DR
361-881-9988
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 257 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40.8

STUDENT LEARNING AND GUIDANCE CENT
2944 CACTUS
361-878-1480
A Non-traditional School
Serves 232 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

ALTERNATIVE H S CTR
1530 AIRLINE
361-994-3576
A Non-traditional School
Serves 199 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

CORPUS CHRISTI ACADEMY
3036 SARATOGA BLVD
361-225-4240
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 153 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

RICHARD MILBURN ALTER H S (CORPUS
3875 1/2 S STAPLES
361-225-4424
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

MARY GRETT SCHOOL
4402 CASTENON
361-878-1738
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

TEENAGE MOTHERS SCHOOL
3109 CARVER
361-886-9372
A Non-traditional School
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

TULOSO-MIDWAY ACADEMIC CAREER CENT
9760 LA BRANCH
361-241-3937
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

NUECES CO J J A E P
801 LEOPARD ST
361-855-7303
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.

NUECES CO J J A E P
2505 WALDRON RD
361-694-9200
A Non-traditional School
Serves 7 students.

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