Corpus Christi Population 2017

Corpus Christi is the county seat of Nueces County, Texas, with a large metropolitan area that extends into surrounding Kleberg, San Patricio, and Aransas counties. Corpus Christi is a coastal city in South Texas and the 9th largest city in the state, as well as home to the Port of Corpus Christi, the 5th largest port in the U.S. It's the main city of the three-county Corpus Christi metro area and part of the six-county Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

The Census Bureau estimates Corpus Christi has a population today of 316,000, although the metropolitan area has a population of 442,600. The larger CSA has about 517,000 residents. The Sparkling City by the Sea has about 1,900 people per square mile (734/square kilometer).

Corpus Christi Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial and ethnic composition of Corpus Christi was 81% white, 14% African American, 1.8% Asian, 10.5% other race, and 2.5% two or more races. Almost 60% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin of any race while one-third of the population is non-Hispanic.

Corpus Christi was recently ranked as the second least literate city in the United States by Central Connecticut State University.

Corpus Christi Facts

Corpus Christi's economy is largely driven by oil and tourism. Popular attractions in the area include the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, the Texas State Aquarium, North Beach, and the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

Several major movies have been filmed in the city, including Selena (1997) about Corpus Christi native singer Selena, The King (2005), The Open Road (2009), and Pearl Harbor (2001), for which the USS Lexington was part of the set.

Corpus Christi has several high learning institutions, most notably Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del mar College.

Corpus Christi was the first major city to provide city-wide free Wi-Fi in 2005, although the network was later purchased by Earthlink and turned into a paid service two years later.

Corpus Christi Population Growth

While the explosion of gas and oil activity transformed most of South Texas, Corpus Christi was left mostly unaffected for some time as nearby cities experienced a massive population boom. Corpus Christi has mostly remained a tourism city, although this has started to change as drillers have started to migrate closer.

It's estimated that by 2020, the population of Corpus Christi's metropolitan area will reach 460,000 to 485,000.

Year Population Change
2015 324,074 6.20%
2010 305,215 10.00%
2000 277,454 7.80%
1990 257,453 10.90%
1980 232,134 13.50%
1970 204,525 22.00%
1960 167,690 54.90%
1950 108,287 89.00%
1940 57,301 106.60%
1930 27,741 163.60%
1920 10,522 28.00%
1910 8,222 74.80%
1900 4,703 7.20%
1890 4,387 34.70%
1880 3,257 55.10%
1870 2,100 950.00%
1860 200 0.00%

Corpus Christi Population in 2017 Source: Spyder Monkey

Corpus Christi Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 266,529 85.24%
Black or African American 14,192 4.54%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1,408 0.45%
Asian 5,809 1.86%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 156 0.05%
Some Other Race 17,879 5.72%
Two or More Races 6,707 2.15%

Population Pyramid

Corpus Christi Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 128,025
Owner-Occupied Units 64,360
Renter-Occupied Units 50,457
Median Home Value $115,400
Median Rent $893
Vacancy Rate 10.3%
Houses With Mortgage 36,584
Houses Without Mortgage 27,776
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Corpus Christi for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.1% and the labor force participation rate is 65%.

Corpus Christi Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.69
Average Family Size 3.25
Married Couple Families 51,196
Male Householder (no wife) Families 7,673
Female Householder (no husband) Families 19,614
Non Family Households
Unmarried Martner Households (Opposite Sex) 6.7%
Unmarried Martner Households (Same Sex) 0.3%