Corpus Christi, Texas Population 2018
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 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.
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