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 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 Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017325,605-158-0.05%
2016325,7631,0800.33%
2015324,6834,0531.26%
2014320,6303,6891.16%
2013316,9414,5831.47%
2012312,3584,2451.38%
2011308,1132,7820.91%
2010305,33127,8770.96%
2000277,45420,0010.75%
1990257,45325,3191.04%
1980232,13427,6091.27%
1970204,52536,8352.01%
1960167,69059,4034.47%
1950108,28750,9866.57%
194057,30129,5607.52%
193027,74117,21910.18%
192010,5222,3002.50%
19108,2223,5195.75%
19004,7033160.70%
18904,3871,1303.02%
18803,2571,1574.49%
18702,1001,90026.51%
18602000.00%

Corpus Christi Population in 2018Source: By Mglsndst1993 (own the photosPreviously published: 12/07/2011) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White277,030
Some Other Race15,350
Black or African American13,723
Asian6,483
Two or More Races5,741
American Indian and Alaska Native1,494
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander229

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Corpus Christi Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Corpus Christi Median Age

34.7


Total

33.7


Male

35.9


Female

Corpus Christi Adults

There are 239,397 adults, (40,966 of which are seniors) in Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Age Dependency

61.2

Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Corpus Christi Sex Ratio

Female

162,342

50.72%

Male

157,708

49.28%

Corpus Christi Households and Families

Corpus Christi Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Corpus Christi Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.7%25.3%
All56%44%
Male47.2%52.8%
Female40.8%59.2%
Non Family39.5%60.5%

56.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Corpus Christi Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All116,0772.6956
Married51,8703.3274.7
Non Family37,3841.2939.5
Female18,6093.4340.8
Male8,2143.4747.2

3.26

Average Family Size

2.69

Average Household Size

6.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Corpus Christi Households

Corpus Christi Education

Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,4877.51%
9th to 12th Grade22,10510.72%
High School Graduate57,99028.11%
Some College51,08224.77%
Associates Degree16,0427.78%
Bachelors Degree28,19013.67%
Graduate Degree15,3667.45%

Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic118,10386,87714,967
White73,24768,67424,666
Other Race9,7837,087914
Black8,5327,2921,210
Asian4,5914,1022,247
Multiple Races2,7532,391517
Native American1,111973208
Islander21220478

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 96.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 48.94%.

Corpus Christi Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,968$42,396$25,790
Less Than High School$19,173$25,010$14,184
High School Grad$27,546$35,336$21,631
Some College$34,566$45,267$26,581
Bachelors Degree$50,122$61,179$42,119
Graduate Degree$60,006$79,153$50,775

$32,968

Average Earnings

$42,396

Average Male

$25,790

Average Female

Corpus Christi Language

Corpus Christi Language by Age

Corpus Christi Language

61.88% of Corpus Christi residents speak only English, while 38.12% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.40% of the population.

Corpus Christi Poverty

Corpus Christi Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic194,60337,64719.35%
White96,08310,03710.45%
Other15,2793,34021.86%
Black12,9612,88622.27%
Multiple5,6321,38024.50%
Asian6,3811,08016.93%
Native1,48423715.97%

16.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.58%

Male Poverty Rate

18.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Corpus Christi

The race most likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Multiple, with 24.50% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is White, with 10.45% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.42%.

Corpus Christi Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.95%
High School13.80%
Some College10.03%
Bachelors or Greater4.90%

Corpus Christi Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.48%
Male Unemployed26.69%
Female Employed10.82%
Male Employed6.61%

Corpus Christi Income

Corpus Christi Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$52,154$69,643
Families$61,522$79,216
Married Families$78,033$95,758
Non Families$30,941$45,709

Corpus Christi Marital Status

Corpus Christi Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.9%

Male Marriage Rate

44.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Corpus Christi Married by Age and Sex

Corpus Christi Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Corpus Christi Marital Status by Race

Corpus Christi Veterans

Corpus Christi Veterans by War

25,153

Number of Veterans

23,279

Male Veterans

1,874

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam9,642
First Gulf War6,230
Second Gulf War5,247
Korea1,814
World War II1,110

Corpus Christi Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 546,663
55 to 645,778
65 to 745,543
75+4,000
18 to 343,169

Corpus Christi Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White21,92510.61%
Hispanic10,5687.55%
Black1,50814.82%
Other8577.62%
2 or More34210.37%
Indian31326.17%
Asian1452.77%
Hawaiian6334.43%

Corpus Christi Veterans by Education

5.93%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Corpus Christi Employment Status

Corpus Christi Employment by Age

64.6%

Labor Force Participation

60.3%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Corpus Christi Employment by Race

Corpus Christi Employment by Education

Corpus Christi Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

73.50%

Born in Texas

91.39%

Native Born

8.61%

Foreign Born

5.10%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.39% of Corpus Christi residents were born in the United States, with 73.50% having been born in Texas. 5.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.