Corpus Christi, Texas Population 2020

325,406

Corpus Christi is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 325,406, it is the 8th largest city in Texas and the 61st largest city in the United States. Corpus Christi is currently declining at a rate of -0.18% annually but its population has increased by 6.62% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 305,215 in 2010. Corpus Christi reached it's highest population of 326,554 in 2018. Spanning over 489 miles, Corpus Christi has a population density of 2,038 people per square mile.

The average household income in Corpus Christi is $75,552 with a poverty rate of 15.79%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $996 per month, and the median house value is $133,200. The median age in Corpus Christi is 35.1 years, 34 years for males, and 36.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.5 males.

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: 89.30%
  • Black or African American: 4.14%
  • Asian: 2.24%
  • Other race: 2.13%
  • 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 325,406, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 326,554.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 305,215.

Corpus Christi, Texas Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020451,482-734-0.16%
2019452,216-734-0.16%
2018452,950-734-0.16%
2017453,684-615-0.14%
2016454,2991,7420.38%
2015452,5574,5751.01%
2014447,9824,9561.11%
2013443,0266,3441.43%
2012436,6825,7621.32%
2011430,9203,0560.71%
2010427,8640.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White289,95289.30%
Black or African American13,4464.14%
Asian7,2582.24%
Some Other Race6,9132.13%
Two or More Races5,4221.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4590.45%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2420.07%

Corpus Christi Population Pyramid 2020

Corpus Christi Median Age

35.1


Total

34


Male

36.1


Female

Corpus Christi Adults

There are 243,986 adults, (43,744 of whom are seniors) in Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi Age Dependency

62.1

Age Dependency Ratio

21.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Corpus Christi Sex Ratio

Female

164,428

50.64%

Male

160,264

49.36%

Corpus Christi Households and Families

Corpus Christi Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Corpus Christi Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.5%25.5%
All56.6%43.4%
Male48.3%51.7%
Female42.4%57.6%
Non Family39.8%60.2%

56.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All116,5622.7256.6
Married53,3463.3774.5
Non Family38,0921.3139.8
Female17,8423.4942.4
Male7,2823.4148.3

3.31

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Corpus Christi Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade14,8687.05%
9th to 12th Grade21,0189.97%
High School Graduate60,43128.66%
Some College51,19524.28%
Associates Degree16,8748.00%
Bachelors Degree29,83314.15%
Graduate Degree16,6427.89%

Corpus Christi Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic123,32793,64816,994
White72,02367,43424,809
Black8,4797,3881,617
Other Race5,0913,828518
Asian5,0294,5822,472
Multiple Races2,9162,552641
Native American919842240
Islander24224218

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 49.15%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,800$43,288$28,814
Less Than High School$21,332$27,035$15,914
High School Grad$29,642$36,186$22,991
Some College$36,137$45,346$29,550
Bachelors Degree$51,578$61,651$45,981
Graduate Degree$61,380$83,173$52,893

$35,800

Average Earnings

$43,288

Average Male

$28,814

Average Female

Corpus Christi Language

Corpus Christi Language by Age

Corpus Christi Language

64.51% of Corpus Christi residents speak only English, while 35.49% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 32.96% of the population.

Corpus Christi Poverty

Corpus Christi Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic200,41135,72717.83%
White93,51410,39011.11%
Black12,7232,48419.52%
Other6,9131,27218.40%
Asian7,1331,14015.98%
Multiple5,36295017.72%
Native1,4411268.74%

15.79%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.73%

Male Poverty Rate

17.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Corpus Christi

The race most likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Black, with 19.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Corpus Christi is Native, with 8.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.41%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.91%
High School13.84%
Some College10.34%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.43%
Male Unemployed22.98%
Female Employed10.27%
Male Employed6.20%

Corpus Christi Income

Corpus Christi Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$55,709$75,552
Families$66,482$86,800
Married Families$83,560$104,979
Non Families$33,449$48,191

Corpus Christi Marital Status

Corpus Christi Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.7%

Male Marriage Rate

45.1%

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

24,043

Number of Veterans

22,018

Male Veterans

2,025

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam8,694
First Gulf War6,318
Second Gulf War5,460
Korea1,248
World War II750
Age Group Veterans
35 to 546,759
65 to 745,609
55 to 645,207
75+3,794
18 to 342,674
Name Veterans % of Total
White21,1989.79%
Hispanic10,8497.44%
Black1,30213.06%
Other5599.97%
2 or More49514.36%
Indian25225.45%
Asian2213.88%
Hawaiian166.61%

$Corpus Christi Veterans by Education

6.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.10%

Veteran Disability Rate

Corpus Christi Employment Status

63.6%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

5.5%

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

73.44%

Born in Texas

91.06%

Native Born

8.94%

Foreign Born

5.54%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.06% of Corpus Christi residents were born in the United States, with 73.44% having been born in Texas. 5.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020325,406-574-0.18%
2019325,980-574-0.18%
2018326,5541,1810.36%
2017325,373-574-0.18%
2016325,9471,1520.35%
2015324,7953,9321.23%
2014320,8633,7621.19%
2013317,1014,6861.50%
2012312,4154,3191.40%
2011308,0962,8150.92%
2010305,28127,8270.96%
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%