Corpus Christi, Texas Population 2019

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 central city of the three-county Corpus Christi metro area and part of the six-county Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

Population Size and Density in Corpus Christi, TX

The Census Bureau estimates Corpus Christi has a population today of 325,605, 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 Literacy Facts

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 primarily 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 Earthlink later purchased the network and turned into a paid service two years later.

History in Corpus Christi

The tribe that initially settled in the area were known as Karankawa. Numerous explorers came through the area or attempted settlements that were short-lived until Colonel Henry Kinney came in with a partner and built a trading post in 1839. The city of Corpus Christi was incorporated in September 1852.

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 remained chiefly a tourism city, although this has started to change as drillers have begun to migrate closer.

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

Corpus Christi Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Corpus Christi was:

  • White: 87.96%
  • Black or African American: 4.14%
  • Other race: 3.46%
  • Asian: 2.14%
  • Two or more races: 1.75%
  • Native American: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%

Corpus Christi, Texas's estimated population is 325,605 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Corpus Christi, Texas is the 8th largest city in Texas based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 1865.29 people/mi² (720.19 people/km²), with a household density of 288.06 people/km² (746.09 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 34.9 years, 34 years for males, and 36.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.3 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 130,237 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2%, with a median rent of $956/month. The median house has 5 rooms, and has a value of $125,000.

The median income for households in Corpus Christi, Texas is $53,626, while the mean household income is $72,752.

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
White283,859
Black or African American13,372
Some Other Race11,179
Asian6,910
Two or More Races5,632
American Indian and Alaska Native1,554
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander220

Corpus Christi Population Pyramid 2019

Corpus Christi Median Age

34.9


Total

34


Male

36.1


Female

Corpus Christi Adults

There are 242,050 adults, (42,626 of whom are seniors) in Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Age Dependency

61.8

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Corpus Christi Sex Ratio

Female

163,539

50.67%

Male

159,187

49.33%

Corpus Christi Households and Families

Corpus Christi Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Corpus Christi Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.9%25.1%
All56.6%43.4%
Male49.8%50.2%
Female42%58%
Non Family39.6%60.4%

56.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All116,6822.756.6
Married52,8823.3274.9
Non Family37,8911.3139.6
Female18,2073.4642
Male7,7023.4649.8

3.27

Average Family Size

2.7

Average Household Size

6.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Corpus Christi Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade15,1757.26%
9th to 12th Grade21,03710.07%
High School Graduate60,58229.00%
Some College50,96124.39%
Associates Degree16,4097.85%
Bachelors Degree28,74713.76%
Graduate Degree15,9997.66%

Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic120,91791,06315,979
White72,89468,17024,456
Black8,3997,2641,361
Other Race7,3185,454683
Asian4,7854,4082,358
Multiple Races2,8202,484625
Native American1,1271,018204
Islander20117549

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.52%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 49.28%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,468$42,506$27,131
Less Than High School$20,260$25,718$14,022
High School Grad$28,588$35,634$22,537
Some College$35,138$45,650$27,945
Bachelors Degree$50,282$60,900$44,212
Graduate Degree$61,655$82,346$51,869

$34,468

Average Earnings

$42,506

Average Male

$27,131

Average Female

Corpus Christi Language

Corpus Christi Language by Age

Corpus Christi Language

63.10% of Corpus Christi residents speak only English, while 36.90% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 34.32% of the population.

Corpus Christi Poverty

Corpus Christi Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic197,51036,58518.52%
White94,96010,61711.18%
Other11,1612,60523.34%
Black12,6262,43919.32%
Multiple5,5161,08319.63%
Asian6,80289413.14%
Native1,53719412.62%

16.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.00%

Male Poverty Rate

18.31%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Corpus Christi

The race most likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Other, with 23.34% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is White, with 11.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.19%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.66%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.79%
High School14.13%
Some College9.93%
Bachelors or Greater4.97%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed34.34%
Male Unemployed22.06%
Female Employed10.78%
Male Employed6.48%

Corpus Christi Income

Corpus Christi Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,626$72,752
Families$63,358$83,237
Married Families$80,851$100,809
Non Families$31,573$46,860

Corpus Christi Marital Status

Corpus Christi Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.7%

Male Marriage Rate

44.9%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Corpus Christi Marital Status by Race

Corpus Christi Veterans

24,844

Number of Veterans

22,831

Male Veterans

2,013

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam9,288
First Gulf War6,273
Second Gulf War5,425
Korea1,607
World War II893
Age Group Veterans
35 to 546,757
65 to 745,833
55 to 645,357
75+3,865
18 to 343,032

Corpus Christi Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White21,86610.31%
Hispanic10,9487.65%
Black1,36013.70%
Other6537.86%
2 or More44513.27%
Indian31926.41%
Asian1883.45%
Hawaiian136.47%

Corpus Christi Veterans by Education

6.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

Corpus Christi Employment Status

64%

Labor Force Participation

59.8%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

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

73.31%

Born in Texas

91.26%

Native Born

8.74%

Foreign Born

5.28%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.26% of Corpus Christi residents were born in the United States, with 73.31% having been born in Texas. 5.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.