Corpus Christi is a city located in Aransas County, Kleberg County, Nueces County, and San Patricio County Texas. Corpus Christi has a 2023 population of 317,615. It is also the county seat of Nueces County.Corpus Christi is currently declining at a rate of -0.02% annually and its population has decreased by -0.07% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 317,852 in 2020.
The average household income in Corpus Christi is $79,398 with a poverty rate of 16.96%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Corpus Christi is 35.6 years, 34.7 years for males, and 36.6 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'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.
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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Corpus Christi was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.53%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
66.67% of Corpus Christi residents speak only English, while 33.33% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 31.02% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Multiple, with 30.64% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is White, with 13.37% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.73%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.46%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Corpus Christi
93.03% of Corpus Christi residents were born in the United States, with 76.09% having been born in Texas. 6.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.