Corpus Christi, Texas Population 2021

327,144
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Corpus Christi is a city located in Nueces County Texas. It is also the county seat of Nueces County. With a 2020 population of 327,144, it is the 8th largest city in Texas and the 60th largest city in the United States . Corpus Christi is currently growing at a rate of 0.09% annually and its population has increased by 7.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 305,215 in 2010. Corpus Christi reached it's highest population of 327,144 in 2021. Spanning over 489 miles, Corpus Christi has a population density of 2,048 people per square mile.

The average household income in Corpus Christi is $75,511 with a poverty rate of 16.12%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,028 per month, and the median house value is $141,100. The median age in Corpus Christi is 35.2 years, 34.2 years for males, and 36.3 years for females.

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).

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.

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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 89.59%
  • Black or African American: 4.08%
  • Asian: 2.28%
  • Other race: 1.87%
  • Two or more races: 1.67%
  • Native American: 0.45%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Corpus Christi, Texas is 327,144 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 326,307.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 305,215.

Corpus Christi, Texas Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021429,6783270.08%
2020429,3513270.08%
2019429,0243270.08%
2018428,6972520.06%
2017428,445-508-0.12%
2016428,9531,3320.31%
2015427,6214,3081.01%
2014423,3134,2331.00%
2013419,0805,8811.40%
2012413,1995,4781.33%
2011407,7213,0450.75%
2010404,6760.00%

Corpus Christi Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White291,86389.59%
Black or African American13,3034.08%
Asian7,4212.28%
Some Other Race6,0931.87%
Two or More Races5,4251.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4620.45%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2130.07%
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Corpus Christi Population by Race

Corpus Christi Population Pyramid $2021

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Corpus Christi Median Age

35.2


Total

34.2


Male

36.3


Female

Corpus Christi Adults

There are 245,598 adults, (44,898 of whom are seniors) in Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Age Dependency

62.3

Age Dependency Ratio

22.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40

Child Dependency Ratio

Corpus Christi Sex Ratio

Female

164,660

50.54%

Male

161,120

49.46%

Corpus Christi Population by Age

Corpus Christi Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Corpus Christi Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75%25%
All56.7%43.3%
Male45.7%54.3%
Female42.1%57.9%
Non Family40.5%59.5%

56.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Corpus Christi Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All116,9522.7156.7
Married52,9403.3775
Non Family38,4281.2840.5
Female18,1193.5442.1
Male7,4653.3845.7

3.32

Average Family Size

2.71

Average Household Size

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Corpus Christi Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade14,6726.91%
9th to 12th Grade20,6299.72%
High School Graduate61,63729.05%
Some College50,53123.82%
Associates Degree17,6848.33%
Bachelors Degree30,51014.38%
Graduate Degree16,5177.78%
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Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic125,37596,22417,468
White71,36566,70624,570
Black8,3717,2781,601
Asian5,1164,7362,752
Other Race4,5073,380457
2+ Races2,9002,599756
Native American816757159
Islander21321317

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.79%.

Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,354$44,140$30,240
Less Than 9th Grade$21,995$26,984$16,808
High School Graduate$30,608$36,568$25,074
Some College$36,633$49,645$29,927
Bachelors Degree$51,571$61,651$45,962
Graduate Degree$63,218$84,778$55,207

$36,354

Average Earnings

$44,140

Average Male

$30,240

Average Female

Corpus Christi Earnings by Educational Attainment

Corpus Christi Language by Age

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Corpus Christi Language

64.92% of Corpus Christi residents speak only English, while 35.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.45% of the population.

Corpus Christi Language

Corpus Christi Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic201,94535,90817.78%
White92,81410,57111.39%
Black12,4893,18625.51%
Other6,0931,27220.88%
Asian7,3211,21616.61%
Multiple5,35997818.25%
Native1,4621228.34%

16.12%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.98%

Male Poverty Rate

18.21%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Corpus Christi

The race most likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Black, with 25.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Native, with 8.34% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.90%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.03%.

Corpus Christi Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade25.53%
High School13.74%
Some College10.60%
Bachelors or Greater5.41%

Corpus Christi Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed41.15%
Male Unemployed23.24%
Female Employed9.86%
Male Employed6.05%

Corpus Christi Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Corpus Christi Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$56,333$75,511
Families$68,840$87,102
Married Families$86,180$105,379
Non Families$33,744$47,616
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Income by Household Type

Corpus Christi Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.2%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Corpus Christi Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Corpus Christi Marital Status

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23,883

Number of Veterans

21,664

Male Veterans

2,219

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam7,991
First Gulf War6,742
Second Gulf War5,900
Korea1,045
World War II609

Corpus Christi Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 546,847
65 to 745,359
55 to 644,974
75+3,780
18 to 342,923

Corpus Christi Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White21,2519.71%
Hispanic10,8967.35%
Black1,29713.18%
2+ Races47013.58%
Other Race4338.75%
Asian2774.78%
Native American13514.23%
Islander209.39%

Corpus Christi Veterans by Race

Corpus Christi Veterans by Education

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6.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Corpus Christi Veterans by Education

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63.1%

Labor Force Participation

59%

Employment Rate

5.5%

Unemployment Rate

Corpus Christi Employment by Age

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Corpus Christi Employment by Race

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Corpus Christi Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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73.42%

Born in Corpus Christi

90.72%

Native Born

9.28%

Foreign Born

5.87%

Non Citizen

3.40%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.72% of Corpus Christi residents were born in the United States, with 73.42% having been born in Texas. 5.87% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Corpus Christi Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021327,1442790.09%
2020326,8652790.09%
2019326,5862790.09%
2018326,3077390.23%
2017325,568-218-0.07%
2016325,7861,1140.34%
2015324,6723,9071.22%
2014320,7653,7221.17%
2013317,0434,6531.49%
2012312,3904,2871.39%
2011308,1032,8310.93%
2010305,27227,8180.96%
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 by Year