Corpus Christi, Texas
Overview
Corpus Christi is a coastal
Gulf Coast of the United States
The Gulf Coast of the United States, sometimes referred to as the Gulf South, South Coast, or 3rd Coast, comprises the coasts of American states that are on the Gulf of Mexico, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and are known as the Gulf States...

 city in the South Texas
South Texas
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is...

 region of the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

. The county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas
Aransas County, Texas
Aransas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 22,499. Its county seat is Rockport. Aransas County was formed in 1871 from Refugio County.-Geography:According to the U.S...

, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The MSA
United States metropolitan area
In the United States a metropolitan statistical area is a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area. Such regions are not legally incorporated as a city or town would be, nor are they legal administrative divisions like...

 population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census
United States Census, 2010
The Twenty-third United States Census, known as Census 2010 or the 2010 Census, is the current national census of the United States. National Census Day was April 1, 2010 and is the reference date used in enumerating individuals...

 making it the eighth-largest city in the state.
Encyclopedia
Corpus Christi is a coastal
Gulf Coast of the United States
The Gulf Coast of the United States, sometimes referred to as the Gulf South, South Coast, or 3rd Coast, comprises the coasts of American states that are on the Gulf of Mexico, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and are known as the Gulf States...

 city in the South Texas
South Texas
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of and including San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is...

 region of the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

. The county seat
County seat
A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish. The term is primarily used in the United States....

 of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas
Aransas County, Texas
Aransas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 22,499. Its county seat is Rockport. Aransas County was formed in 1871 from Refugio County.-Geography:According to the U.S...

, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The MSA
United States metropolitan area
In the United States a metropolitan statistical area is a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area. Such regions are not legally incorporated as a city or town would be, nor are they legal administrative divisions like...

 population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census
United States Census, 2010
The Twenty-third United States Census, known as Census 2010 or the 2010 Census, is the current national census of the United States. National Census Day was April 1, 2010 and is the reference date used in enumerating individuals...

 making it the eighth-largest city in the state. It is the principal city of the three-county Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger Corpus Christi-Kingsville Combined Statistical Area
Corpus Christi-Kingsville combined statistical area
The Corpus Christi-Kingsville Combined Statistical Area is made up of five counties in South Texas. The statistical area consists of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Kingsville Micropolitan Statistical Area...

. The translation from Latin of the city's name is Body of Christ
Christ
Christ is the English term for the Greek meaning "the anointed one". It is a translation of the Hebrew , usually transliterated into English as Messiah or Mashiach...

, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honor of the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Sacrament
The Blessed Sacrament, or the Body and Blood of Christ, is a devotional name used in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Old Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, to refer to the Host after it has been consecrated in the sacrament of the Eucharist...

 (Eucharist
Eucharist
The Eucharist , also called Holy Communion, the Sacrament of the Altar, the Blessed Sacrament, the Lord's Supper, and other names, is a Christian sacrament or ordinance...

). The city has been nicknamed the "Sparkling City by the Sea", particularly in literature promoting tourism.

The city is home to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi , also known as Truax Field, is a naval base located six miles southeast of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, USA.-History:...

, Port Of Corpus Christi, the 5th largest port in the nation and is served by the Corpus Christi International Airport
Corpus Christi International Airport
Corpus Christi International Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located five nautical miles west of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, United States.The airport's new six gate, . Hayden W...

.

History

Corpus Christi was founded in 1839 by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney as Kinney's Trading Post, or Kinney's Ranch, a small trading post to sell supplies to a Mexican revolutionary army camped about 25 miles (40.2 km) west.
In July 1845, U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor set up camp there in preparation for war with Mexico, where they remained until March 1846. Then about a year later the city was named Corpus Christi and was incorporated on September 9, 1852.
The Port of Corpus Christi was opened in 1926 and the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station was commissioned in 1941.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census. It also gathers other national demographic and economic data...

, Corpus Christi has a total area of 460.2 square miles (1,192.0 km2), of which 154.6 square miles (400.5 km2) of it is land and 305.6 square miles (791.5 km2) of it (66.40%) is water. Drinking water for the city is supplied by two reservoirs, Lake Corpus Christi
Lake Corpus Christi
Lake Corpus Christi is a reservoir in coastal southern Texas. The lake was created in by the impounding of Wesley E. Seale Dam. The lake and the dam that creates it are managed by the City of Corpus Christi. Lake Corpus Christi was originally known as Lake Lovenskiold...

 and the Choke Canyon Reservoir
Choke Canyon Reservoir
Choke Canyon Reservoir is a reservoir in southern Texas, USA. The lake and the dam that creates it are managed by the City of Corpus Christi.- Geography :...

. Through an effective regional partnership with the Nueces River
Nueces River
The Nueces River is a river in the U.S. state of Texas, approximately long. It drains a region in central and southern Texas southeastward into the Gulf of Mexico. It is the southernmost major river in Texas northeast of the Rio Grande...

 Authority and the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, a 101 miles (162.5 km) pipeline was built which transports water from Lake Texana
Lake Texana
Lake Texana is a reservoir on the Navidad River, 8 miles east of Edna, in Jackson County, Texas. The reservoir is formed by the construction of Palmetto Bend Dam, begun in 1968 and completed in 1979. The dam and lake are managed by the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, and supply drinking water to...

 to the city's O.N. Steven's Water Treatment Plant. It was named the Mary Rhodes Pipeline, after the late Mayor Mary Rhodes. All reservoirs are outside the city limits, but are managed directly by public utility of the City of Corpus Christi.

Climate

The city has a humid subtropical climate
Humid subtropical climate
A humid subtropical climate is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters...

 with many characteristics of a tropical climate. Corpus Christi has long hot summers and very short mild winters
The city's record high temperature is 109 °F (42.8 °C), on September 5, 2000.

Average nighttime winter lows in January, the coldest month, are a little less than 50 °F (10 °C) and its record low is 11 °F (-11.7 °C). In December 2004, the city experienced snowfall on Christmas Eve, the city's largest recorded snowstorm at 4.4 inches (11.2 cm). The snow stayed until Christmas Day and melted the day after.

Corpus Christi is annually very windy ,wind gust often reach 40+ mph.

It is not unusual to see upper 70°F degree to lower 80°F degree temps and even the occasional 85+°F in December.

Demographics

2010 Census data

At the 2010 Census there were 305,215 people residing in Corpus Christi, a 10.0% increase since 2000.

According to the 2010 Census, 33.3% of the population was non-Hispanic White, 3.9% non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.3% non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.8% non-Hispanic Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race (non-Hispanic) and 0.9% of two or more races (non-Hispanic). 59.7% of Corpus Christi's population was of 
Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (they may be of any race).

2000 Census data

As of the census
Census
A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. It is a regularly occurring and official count of a particular population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common...

of 2000, there were 277,454 people, 98,791 households, and 70,437 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and particularly to humans...

 was 1,794.2 people per square mile (692.7/km2). There were 107,831 housing units at an average density of 697.3 per square mile (269.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.62% White, 4.67% African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 18.58% from other races, and 3.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 54.33% of the population.

There were 98,791 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples
Marriage
Marriage is a social union or legal contract between people that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found...

 living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.27. Same-sex couple households comprised 0.5 % of all households.

In the city the population was 28.1% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a family was $41,672. Males had a median income of $31,863 versus $22,616 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
Per capita income or income per person is a measure of mean income within an economic aggregate, such as a country or city. It is calculated by taking a measure of all sources of income in the aggregate and dividing it by the total population...

 for the city was $17,419. About 14.1% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.

Culture

Various sections of Corpus Christi maintain distinct senses of identity and community from the city proper, especially the Calallen and Flour Bluff areas, and, less prominently, Clarkwood and Annaville. These areas are sometimes mistakenly believed to be separate municipalities.

The city has many demographic groups, ethnicities and sub-cultures, each giving it a distinct flavor: the defense bases and the people who work there; the large Hispanic community; the oil related professionals and workers; the cowboy culture; and the surfers.

Neighborhoods

  • Flour Bluff
    Flour Bluff, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Flour Bluff is a specified area of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is located on Encinal peninsula bordered by Corpus Christi Bay on the north, Oso Bay on the west, the Laguna Madre on the east and the King Ranch to the south...

  • Calallen
    Calallen, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Calallen is a neighborhood in the U.S. city of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is located in the northwest part of the city.-History:Calallen was named after Calvin Joseph Allen . It was a town before being annexed by Corpus Christi in 1966....

  • Clarkwood
    Clarkwood, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Clarkwood is an area on the west side of Corpus Christi, Texas. Clarkwood was a town before being annexed by Corpus Christi in 1966.-External links:*...

  • Annaville
    Annaville, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Annaville is a neighborhood in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was a town before being annexed by Corpus Christi in the mid 1960s.-External links:*...

  • North Beach
    North Beach, Corpus Christi, Texas
    North Beach, also known as Rincon Point, is a section of Corpus Christi, Texas located on the far north end of the city. It is on the El Rincon peninsula surrounded by Corpus Christi Bay and Nueces Bay.-Attractions:...

  • Mustang Island
    Mustang Island
    Mustang Island is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the United States. The island is 18 miles long, stretching from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas. The island is oriented generally northeast-southwest, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east and south, and Corpus Christi Bay on the north...

  • North Padre Island
    North Padre Island
    North Padre Island is a barrier island along the coast of Texas. It is located between Padre Island and Mustang Island. Most of the island is in the city of Corpus Christi. North Padre Island is one of the major surf areas on the Texas Gulf Coast....

  • Gardendale
    Gardendale, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Gardendale was a community in eastern Nueces County that was annexed by the City of Corpus Christi in 1954.-History:Gardendale was at a site near the western edge of present Corpus Christi in eastern Nueces County. It was established in the early 1900s and bounded roughly by South Alameda Street...


Attractions

The city is home to a number of popular destinations for both tourists and residents. The official visitor and tourism information organization is the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau.http://visitcorpuschristitx.org Some of the most visited attractions are on North Beach
North Beach, Corpus Christi, Texas
North Beach, also known as Rincon Point, is a section of Corpus Christi, Texas located on the far north end of the city. It is on the El Rincon peninsula surrounded by Corpus Christi Bay and Nueces Bay.-Attractions:...

, where the Texas State Aquarium
Texas State Aquarium
The Texas State Aquarium is a nonprofit aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. It is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico...

 and the USS Lexington
USS Lexington (CV-16)
USS Lexington , known as "The Blue Ghost", is one of 24 s built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship, the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name, is named in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington...

 Museum on the Bay are located.
The USS Lexington was also part of the set for the 2000 film Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor (film)
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American action drama war film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Randall Wallace, who wrote the screenplay...

. Nearby is Corpus Christi's museum district. Located there are the Museum of Asian Cultures, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the South Texas Institute for the Arts, and the Harbor Playhouse Theatre, one of the oldest continually operating community theatres in the State. Heritage Park is also in the museum district, where a number of older restored houses can be found. The downtown area, of which the museum district is a part, is home to skyscrapers such as One Shoreline Plaza
One Shoreline Plaza
One Shoreline Plaza in Corpus Christi, Texas overlooks Corpus Christi Bay and consists of 2 skyscrapers, north and south, south being the tallest, and the tallest building in South Texas south of San Antonio. It is the most prominent figure in the skyline of the city.-Images:-External links:*,...

, companies, various shops, a very popular center of marinas, and Mirador de la Flor
Mirador de la Flor
Mirador de la Flor is a monument in Corpus Christi, Texas that was unveiled in 1997 to honor Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a Tejano singer who was murdered two years earlier at the age of 23. People from around the world visit the site, which is located only a few miles north of Seaside Memorial Park...

. Downtown also is home of the Texas Surf Museum, which explores the history of surfing and focuses on surf culture along Texas' 367 miles (590.6 km) coast, as well as K Space Contemporary, a non-profit art organization dedicated to promoting and presenting local, regional and national contemporary art.
Also in the city is the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, formerly known as the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a nonprofit, 180-acre botanical garden and nature center located at 8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas...

 which hosts gardening programs from time to time. On Oso Bay near the Pharaoh Valley subdivision is the Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is known for sea bird watching. The nearby Pharaohs golf course also serves as a haven for coastal and migratory birds.

Directly east of Corpus Christi are Padre Island
Padre Island
Padre Island is part of the U.S. state of Texas. The island is located on Texas' southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico and is famous for its white sandy beaches at the south end...

 and Mustang Island
Mustang Island
Mustang Island is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the United States. The island is 18 miles long, stretching from Corpus Christi to Port Aransas. The island is oriented generally northeast-southwest, with the Gulf of Mexico on the east and south, and Corpus Christi Bay on the north...

, home to various municipal, state, and national parks, most notably Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore is a National Seashore located on Padre Island off the coast of South Texas. In contrast to South Padre Island , PINS is located on North Padre Island and consists of a long beach where nature is preserved...

. The city is also near King Ranch
King Ranch
King Ranch, located in south Texas between Corpus Christi and Brownsville, is one of the world's largest ranches. The ranch, founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis, includes portions of six Texas counties, including most of Kleberg County and much of Kenedy County, with...

, one of the world's largest ranches, upon which the movie Giant was based.

Yearly the city also celebrates the Buccaneer Days Carnival, which is typically held downtown.

S. Padre Island Drive (locally abbreviated as "S.P.I.D.", with the letters pronounced individually), is the city's main retail corridor, with two shopping malls, La Palmera
La Palmera
La Palmera is an indoor and open-air shopping mall located along the shopping corridor of South Padre Island Drive at Staples St. in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States...

 (formerly Padre Staples Mall), and Sunrise Mall. Also, a number of other large shopping centers, small strip centers, and restaurants can be found throughout the city.

Corpus Christi also is the home of Midget Ocean Racing Fleet also known as M.O.R.F. Promoting sailing in the coastal Bend. Wednesday night races are the longest-running weekly races in the country.

Municipal government

In 1852, the City of Corpus Christi was incorporated. Texas’ 31st Legislature chartered the city as a political and corporate municipal entity in 1909. By ordinance, the city possesses power to “fix, alter and extend its boundaries.”

Corpus Christi, Texas is under a Council-Manager municipal government. The elected City Council is the primary authority in municipal matters such as enacting local legislation, determining policies, and appointing the City Manager. Together, the City Council and City Manager execute laws and administer the municipal government. Organized by governmental sectors of City Council, City Management, City Secretary, and several City Departments, Corpus Christi is seated in Nueces County. The City Council currently consists of the following elected members:
  • Mayor Joe Adame
    Joe Adame
    Joseph Anthony Adame is the current mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas.He was born to Gumercinda and Cayatanio Adame in Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi TX....

  • David Loeb At Large
  • Mark Scott At Large
  • Kevin Kieschnick District 1
  • Nelda Martinez At Large
  • John Marez District 2
  • Priscilla Leal District 3
  • Chris Adler District 4
  • Larry Elizondo District 5


The Mayor and Council's vision statement declares the city’s goals "to make Corpus Christi one of the most livable communities in America. To create a vibrant, progressive, clean city that rejoices in its diversity. To keep our citizens safe and secure, and provide an abundance of economic development opportunities while paying special attention to our unique environment."

The Corpus Christi Interim City Manager 'Angel R. Escobar was appointed in 2008, and works alongside Assistant City Managers Cindy O'Brien (Administrative Services), Margie C. Rose (Community Services), and Oscar Martinez (Public Works & Utilities). The City's Intergovernmental Relations department is under the direction of Rudy D. Garza. Appointed by the City Council, Armando Chapa serves as the City Secretary.

The Corpus Christi City Charter was adopted by public referendum in 1987, with amendments to the entire charter conducted January 19, 1991, April 3, 1993, and further revisions on November 2, 2004 and November 7, 2006. The Charter consists of ten Articles, or forty-one Sections regarding stipulations of Home Rule Government, City Council and City Manager procedures, Administration, Planning, Boards and Commissions, etc. The Code of Ordinances of Corpus Christi was codified through Ordinance No. 028493, and adopted Feb. 23, 2010.

City Departments include: Aviation, City Attorney, Community Development, Development Services, Economic Development, Engineering, Financial Services, Fire, Gas, Health, Human Relations, Human Resources, Intergovernmental Relations, Libraries, Management & Budget, Marina, Municipal Information Systems, Municipal Court, Museum, Neighborhood Services, Parks & Recreation, Police, Public Information, Solid Waste Services, Storm Water, Street Operations, Wastewater, and Water.

Corpus Christi’s fiscal year begins August 1 and ends July 31.

Municipal Mission Statement
"The City of Corpus Christi is dedicated to delivering responsive services that address our diverse community's needs and enhance the quality of life in our All-America City. We will accomplish this through fiscal discipline, continuous improvement, straight-forward communication, wise stewardship of resources, and excellent customer service."

State and federal representation

The Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals
Texas Courts of Appeals
The Texas Courts of Appeals are part of the Texas judicial system. In Texas, all cases appealed from the district level, both criminal and civil, may be heard by one of the fourteen Texas Courts of Appeals. The exception is for cases where the death penalty is a factor; these cases go directly to...

 is located in the Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is a department of the government of the state of Texas. The TDCJ is responsible for statewide criminal justice for adult offenders, including managing offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities, funding and certain...

 (TDCJ) operates the Corpus Christi Parole Office in Corpus Christi.

The United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the United States government responsible for providing postal service in the United States...

 operates the Corpus Christi Post Office, the city's main post office, and several station post offices.

Economy

The majority of the population employed in the Services, Wholesale and Retail Trade, and Government sectors, however Corpus Christi does enjoy a low unemployment rate of 4.0% (May 2007).

The Port of Corpus Christi, which is the fifth largest U.S. port and deepest inshore port on the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a partially landlocked ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. In...

, handles mostly oil and agricultural products. Much of the local economy is driven by tourism and the oil & petrochemicals industry. In 2005 it was ranked as the 47th largest in the world by cargo tonnage.

Corpus Christi is home to two installations of the United States military, the Corpus Christi Army Depot
Corpus Christi Army Depot
Corpus Christi Army Depot is a United States Department of Defense Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft...

 and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi , also known as Truax Field, is a naval base located six miles southeast of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, USA.-History:...

. Combined, these installations provide 6,200 civilian jobs to the local economy, making them the single largest employer in the city. Corpus Christi Army Depot
Corpus Christi Army Depot
Corpus Christi Army Depot is a United States Department of Defense Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft...

, located on NAS Corpus Christi, is the largest helicopter repair facility in the world.

Corpus Christi used to be the headquarters of Whataburger
Whataburger
Whataburger is a privately held, regional restaurant chain specializing in hamburgers. The company, founded by Harmon Dobson, opened its first restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1950...

, a fast food restaurant operator and franchisor with 650 stores in ten states and Mexico which has since moved to San Antonio. Other large employers include CHRISTUS Spohn Health System at 5,400 local employees, the Corpus Christi Independent School District
Corpus Christi Independent School District
Corpus Christi Independent School District is a school district based in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States.CCISD serves most of the city of Corpus Christi.In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency....

 with 5,178, H-E-B
H-E-B
HEB Grocery Company, LP is a privately held San Antonio, Texas-based supermarket chain with more than 315 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico. The company also operates Central Market, an upscale organic and fine foods retailer.H-E-B ranked No...

 at 5,000, and Bay Ltd. at 2,100. Other companies based in Corpus Christi include Stripes Convenience Stores
Stripes Convenience Stores
Stripes Stores is a chain of over 533 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, owned by Susser Holdings Corporation. These locations are former Circle K and Town & Country Food Stores. Other convenience store brands they operate under include IceBox and Quick Stuff...

.

Corpus Christi became the first major city to offer city wide free Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi or Wifi, is a mechanism for wirelessly connecting electronic devices. A device enabled with Wi-Fi, such as a personal computer, video game console, smartphone, or digital audio player, can connect to the Internet via a wireless network access point. An access point has a range of about 20...

, in order to allow remote meter reading after a meter reader was attacked by a dog. In 2007 the network was purchased by Earthlink for $5.5 million, and stopped being a free service on May 31, 2007.

Transportation

Corpus Christi is served by Corpus Christi International Airport
Corpus Christi International Airport
Corpus Christi International Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located five nautical miles west of the central business district of Corpus Christi, in Nueces County, Texas, United States.The airport's new six gate, . Hayden W...

 and Interstate 37. U.S. Highway 77 connects the city to Brownsville
Brownsville, Texas
Brownsville is a city in the southernmost tip of the state of Texas, in the United States. It is located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly north and across the border from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Brownsville is the 16th largest city in the state of Texas with a population of...

 and Victoria
Victoria, Texas
Victoria is a city in and the seat of Victoria County, Texas, United States. The population was 60,603 at the 2000 census. The three counties of the Victoria Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 111,163 at the 2000 census,...

. Texas State Highway 44 is a main thoroughfare that connects Corpus Christi to Laredo
Laredo, Texas
Laredo is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,091 making it the 3rd largest on the United States-Mexican border,...

 and the western part of South Texas by way of U.S. Highway 59, Interstate 35
Interstate 35
Interstate 35 is a north–south Interstate Highway in the central United States. I-35 stretches from Laredo, Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border to Duluth, Minnesota, at Minnesota Highway 61 and 26th Avenue East. Many interstates used to have splits or spurs indicated with suffixed letters , but I-35...

, and U.S. Highway 83. The inner city public transportation is provided by Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority
The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority is the operator of public transportation in Nueces County, Texas. Twenty-four local routes are offered, plus five peak hour express offerings. A seasonal express route is also provided to Padre Island beaches and two year-round shuttles in...

with its 28 bus routes. Corpus Christi once had a streetcar system functioning from 1910 to 1931 and a railway station (passenger service ended in 1965).In early 2000s there were plans to reintroduce a trolly system back to downtown corpus christi but any plans have since gone dead .Despite the convenience of a large harbor, the city does not have a passenger port. Plans to bring a cruise service are pending.

The city is accessed by two major bridges, the Harbor Bridge
Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge
The Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge is a harbor bridge located in Corpus Christi, Texas which transports about 6,000 vehicles per day. It was constructed between 1956 and 1959 to replace a drawbridge. A project is currently underway to consider replacing the bridge with a taller concrete bridge to...

 (US 181) and the John F. Kennedy Causeway
John F Kennedy Memorial Causeway
The John F Kennedy Memorial Causeway is a bridge located in Corpus Christi, Texas.Crossing the Laguna Madre and connecting North Padre Island with the Texas mainland...

 (PR 22). Both bridges are maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Major highways

  • Interstate 37
  • U.S. Highway 77
  • U.S. Highway 181
  • Texas State Highway 44
  • Texas State Highway 286
    Texas State Highway 286
    State Highway 286 or SH 286 is a Texas state highway running from downtown Corpus Christi south to Chapman Ranch. The route was designated on its current route in 1939. Before 1939, this route was known as SH 96, and was proposed to be extended to the southwest to Riviera...

     (Crosstown Expressway)
  • Texas State Highway 358
    Texas State Highway 358
    State Highway 358 or SH 358 is a Texas state highway that runs along the southern edge of Corpus Christi. The route was designated in 1946 from SH 286 to the Naval Air Station, replacing FM 693. It was extended northwest to Interstate 37 in 1958, replacing FM 891. It is also known as Padre...

     (S.P.I.D. and/or N.P.I.D.)
  • Texas State Highway 35
  • Texas State Highway 361
    Texas State Highway 361
    State Highway 361 or SH 361 is a state highway that runs from Gregory in southern Texas, near Corpus Christi, east and south to Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico coast.-History:...

  • Texas State Highway 357
    Texas State Highway 357
    State Highway 357 or SH 357 is a Texas state highway that runs along the southwestern end of Corpus Christi. The route was designated in 1946, replacing FM 692.-Route description:...


Sports

The city is home to the Corpus Christi IceRays
Corpus Christi IceRays
The Corpus Christi IceRays are a Junior A ice hockey team playing in the North American Hockey League . The IceRays are based in Corpus Christi, Texas and play in the North American Hockey League's South Division. The "IceRays" moniker derives from the many different species of stingrays who...

of the North American Hockey League
North American Hockey League
The North American Hockey League is one of the top junior hockey leagues in the United States and is enterting its 36th season in 2011-12. It is currently the only Junior A Tier II league, sanctioned by USA Hockey. The NAHL currently acts as an alternative to the United States Hockey League...

, Corpus Christi Hooks
Corpus Christi Hooks
The Corpus Christi Hooks are a minor league baseball team of the Texas League, and are the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. They are located in Corpus Christi, Texas, and are named for the city's association with fishing. The team's ownership group is headed by Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan...

of the Texas League
Texas League
The Texas League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. It is classified a Double-A league. The league was founded in 1888 and ran through 1892...

 who are a Double A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Hooks hosted the 2007 Texas League All Star Game. The Corpus Christi metropolitan area
Corpus Christi metropolitan area
The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area is a metropolitan area in South Texas that covers three counties - Aransas, Nueces, and San Patricio...

 is also home of the Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Corpus Christi Hammerheads
The Corpus Christi Hammerheads are a professional indoor football team from Corpus Christi, Texas. They are a member of the Lone Star Football League.-History:The Hammerheads were a charter member of the Intense Football League...

of the Intense Football League
Intense Football League
The Intense Football League was a professional indoor football league that initially began operations in 2004. Its focus was in Texas, but was notable for being the first professional football league to place a franchise in Alaska.-History:...

. Sailing races are held weekly off downtown's T-heads every Wednesday, where spectators watch vessels competing during sunset. Corpus is also home to the Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club
Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club
Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club is a member of the Texas Rugby Union, an affiliate of the Western Rugby Union, as well as USA Rugby.The CCRFC formed in 1973 as the Corpus Christi Islanders...

, which is a member of the Texas Rugby Union, an affiliate of the Western Rugby Union and of the United States Rugby Football Union.
Club Sport League Venue Established Championships
Corpus Christi Hooks
Corpus Christi Hooks
The Corpus Christi Hooks are a minor league baseball team of the Texas League, and are the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. They are located in Corpus Christi, Texas, and are named for the city's association with fishing. The team's ownership group is headed by Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan...

Baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

Texas League
Texas League
The Texas League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. It is classified a Double-A league. The league was founded in 1888 and ran through 1892...

Whataburger Field
Whataburger Field
Whataburger Field is the minor league baseball stadium located in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. It is currently home to the Corpus Christi Hooks, the double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros...

1968(Relocated in 2005) 1(2006)
Corpus Christi IceRays
Corpus Christi IceRays
The Corpus Christi IceRays are a Junior A ice hockey team playing in the North American Hockey League . The IceRays are based in Corpus Christi, Texas and play in the North American Hockey League's South Division. The "IceRays" moniker derives from the many different species of stingrays who...

Ice hockey
Ice hockey
Ice hockey, often referred to as hockey, is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use wooden or composite sticks to shoot a hard rubber puck into their opponent's net. The game is played between two teams of six players each. Five members of each team skate up and down the ice trying to take...

NAHL
North American Hockey League
The North American Hockey League is one of the top junior hockey leagues in the United States and is enterting its 36th season in 2011-12. It is currently the only Junior A Tier II league, sanctioned by USA Hockey. The NAHL currently acts as an alternative to the United States Hockey League...

American Bank Center
American Bank Center
The American Bank Center is an entertainment complex located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The complex consists of an auditorium convention center and arena. The facility hosts numerous conventions, trade shows, exhibitions, live performances and sporting events. It is home to the Corpus Christi...

2010 0
Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Corpus Christi Hammerheads
The Corpus Christi Hammerheads are a professional indoor football team from Corpus Christi, Texas. They are a member of the Lone Star Football League.-History:The Hammerheads were a charter member of the Intense Football League...

Indoor Football IFL
Indoor Football League
The Indoor Football League began in 1999 as an offshoot of the troubled Professional Indoor Football League. Keary Ecklund, the owner of the Green Bay Bombers and Madison Mad Dogs, left the PIFL after its first, financially-troubled, season to start his own league. Unlike the PIFL, the IFL was an...

American Bank Center
American Bank Center
The American Bank Center is an entertainment complex located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The complex consists of an auditorium convention center and arena. The facility hosts numerous conventions, trade shows, exhibitions, live performances and sporting events. It is home to the Corpus Christi...

2003 0
Corpus Christi Crabs
Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club
Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club is a member of the Texas Rugby Union, an affiliate of the Western Rugby Union, as well as USA Rugby.The CCRFC formed in 1973 as the Corpus Christi Islanders...

Rugby
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

Texas Rugby Union Dewey's 1973 N/A

Colleges and universities

Corpus Christi is home to several institutions of higher learning: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College http://www.delmar.edu, Our Lady of Corpus Christi, a private, Roman Catholic university, a branch of the Coastal Bend College education program, and numerous vocational schools including Southern Careers Institute http://www.SCItexas.edu, South Texas Vo-Tech, Career Centers of Texas-Corpus Christi, and Vogue Cosmetology School. Corpus Christi is also home to the South Texas School of Christian Studies located on Ward Island alongside Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The school serves as an extension campus on the undergraduate level for Hardin Simmons University and on the graduate level for Logsdon Seminary of Hardin-Simmons University
Hardin-Simmons University
Hardin–Simmons University is a private Baptist university located in Abilene, Texas, United States.-History:Hardin–Simmons University was founded as Abilene Baptist College in 1891 by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors who sought to bring Christian higher...

.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC or TAMU-CC in short) is a component of the Texas A&M University System
Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the United States. Through a statewide network of eleven universities, eight state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the Texas A&M System educates over 100,000 students, conducts more than $600...

. It was formerly known by the following four names: Corpus Christi State University (CCSU), Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi, and University of Corpus Christi.

Del Mar College is a local community college begun in the 1940s at a location behind Wynn Seale Jr. H. S. The main campus began with the administration building which was constructed after World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 on Del Mar. The college grew to encompass a good portion of a residential addition called Southmoreland built from the Bohemian farm lands in the late 1930s. Del Mar now includes a West campus located in area of Corpus Christi that once was Cliff Maus Airport.

Southern Careers Institute offers career training at two Corpus Christi locations, primarily in medical, business, and cosmetic fields.

Schools

Five school districts provide primary and secondary education for area residents: Corpus Christi Independent School District
Corpus Christi Independent School District
Corpus Christi Independent School District is a school district based in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States.CCISD serves most of the city of Corpus Christi.In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency....

 (CCISD), Calallen ISD
Calallen Independent School District
Calallen Independent School District is a school district located in northwest Corpus Christi, Texas in northern Nueces County. The district has approximately 4,000 students and operates three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school....

, Flour Bluff ISD
Flour Bluff Independent School District
Flour Bluff Independent School District is a public school district based in Corpus Christi, Texas .The district serves the Flour Bluff area of Corpus Christi as well as high school students from the London Independent School District....

, Tuloso-Midway ISD
Tuloso-Midway Independent School District
Tuloso-Midway Independent School District is a public school district in Nueces County, Texas .The district serves sections of Corpus Christi as well as high school students from the London Independent School District....

, and West Oso ISD
West Oso Independent School District
West Oso Independent School District is a public school district in Nueces County, Texas . Over 1,900 students are enrolled in West Oso schools.In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.-Schools:...

. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi
Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi is a Roman Catholic diocese in Texas. It was founded on March 23, 1912.The past bishops of the diocese are:*Dominic Manucy *Peter Verdaguer y Prat...

 provides the primary and secondary education for Catholic school
Catholic school
Catholic schools are maintained parochial schools or education ministries of the Catholic Church. the Church operates the world's largest non-governmental school system...

s. Several Open Enrollment Charter Schools in Corpus Christi. These public schools are: Accelerated Learning Center, Cesar E Chavez Academy, Corpus Christi College Preparatory HS, Corpus Christi Montessori School, Dr ML Garza-Gonzalez Charter School, GCCLR Institute of Technology, Premier HS of Corpus Christi, Richard Milburn Academy, School of Science and Technology, Seashore Learning Center, and Seashore Middle Academy.

FBISD

  • Flour Bluff High School
    Flour Bluff High School
    Flour Bluff High School is a public high school in Corpus Christi, Texas . It is part of the Flour Bluff Independent School District.The Texas Education Agency's 2009 accountability rating was "Recognized" -Student demographics:...

     Grades 9 - 12
  • Flour Bluff Jr. High School Grades 7 & 8
  • Flour Bluff Intermediate School Grades 5 & 6
  • Flour Bluff Elementary School Grades 3 & 4
  • Flour Bluff Primary School Grades 1 & 2
  • Early Childhood Center Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten
  • Head Start Ages 1–4



WOISD

  • West Oso High School Grades 9 - 12
  • West Oso Junior High School Grades 6 - 8
  • West Oso Elementary Grades 2 - 5
  • West Oso John F, Kennedy Elementary Grades pre-k - 1st Grade

CCISD

High Schools
  • Mary Carroll High School
    Mary Carroll High School
    Mary Carroll High School, often referred to as Carroll, is one of five high schools that are part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District-History:...

  • Richard King High School
    Richard King High School
    Richard King High School, or King as it is often referred to, is one of five secondary schools that are part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas . It is the largest high school within the Corpus Christi area....

  • Roy Miller High School
    Roy Miller High School
    Roy Miller High School is the oldest high school in Corpus Christi, Texas . It was created in 1894, and is part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Originally known as Corpus Christi High the school was renamed in 1950 in honor of Henry Pomeroy Miller, the former mayor Of Corpus...

  • Foy H. Moody High School (offering the Health Science Academy, among many others)
  • W. B. Ray High School
    W. B. Ray High School
    W. B. Ray High School is a secondary school centrally located in Corpus Christi, Texas and is part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District. The school is named in honor of the school board president, William Benton Ray. W. B...


Middle Schools
  • School of Science and Technology (SST)
  • Baker Middle School
  • Calallen Middle School
  • Cullen Middle School
  • Cunningham Middle School
  • Driscoll Middle School
  • Grant Middle School
  • Hamlin Middle School
  • Haas Middle School
  • Kaffie Middle School
  • Martin Middle School
  • South Park Middle School
  • Tom Browne Middle School
  • Wynn Seale Middle School

Other Schools

High Schools
  • Collegiate High School
  • Richard Milburn Academy Charter Highschool
  • Solomon Coles High School (now closed)
  • Tuloso Midway High School
  • Calallen High School
  • Bl. John Paul II High School
  • Incarnate Word Academy High School
  • London High School


Middle Schools
  • Tuloso Midway Middle School
  • Calallen Middle School
  • London Middle School
  • Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School
  • Incarnate Word Academy Middle School

Libraries



TexShare Card holders have limited borrowing privileges at the following area libraries:

Recreation

With the city's location beside Corpus Christi Bay
Corpus Christi Bay
Corpus Christi Bay is a scenic semi-tropical bay on the Texas coast found in San Patricio and Nueces counties, next to the major city of Corpus Christi. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Mustang Island, and is fed by the Nueces River and Oso Creek from its western and southern extensions,...

, the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is a partially landlocked ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent and the island of Cuba. It is bounded on the northeast, north and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico, and on the southeast by Cuba. In...

, and Laguna Madre
Laguna Madre
The Laguna Madre extends well into Mexico, to the mouth of the Río Soto la Marina in the state of Tamaulipas. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico on the east by a number of barrier islands, including Barra Los Americanos, Barra Jesús María, and Barra Soto la Marina, and is bounded on the west...

, it has turned into a booming economy for fishing guides, bait merchants, fishing supply retailers, watercraft retailers, and even research of marine biology
Marine biology
Marine biology is the scientific study of organisms in the ocean or other marine or brackish bodies of water. Given that in biology many phyla, families and genera have some species that live in the sea and others that live on land, marine biology classifies species based on the environment rather...

. Shark attacks are typically limited to the South Padre Island
South Padre Island, Texas
South Padre Island is a town in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area. It may be included as part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas. The population was 2,816 at the...

 area.

Because of the abundance of fish, waterfowl hunting has become popular in the region. Duck
Duck
Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the Anatidae family; they do not represent a monophyletic group but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered...

, geese, coot
Coot
Coots are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family Rallidae. They constitute the genus Fulica. Coots have predominantly black plumage, and, unlike many of the rails, they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water...

, and teal
Green-winged Teal
The Green-winged Teal is a common and widespread duck that breeds in the northern areas of North America except on the Aleutian Islands. It was considered conspecific with the Common Teal The Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis) is a common and widespread duck that breeds in the northern areas of...

 are just some of the many birds hunted for on the water. There is also a huge interest in white-winged dove
White-winged Dove
The White-winged Dove is a dove whose native range extends from the south-western USA through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In recent years with increasing urbanization and backyard feeding, it has expanded throughout Texas and into Louisiana...

 and mourning dove
Mourning Dove
The Mourning Dove is a member of the dove family . The bird is also called the Turtle Dove or the American Mourning Dove or Rain Dove, and formerly was known as the Carolina Pigeon or Carolina Turtledove. It is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds...

 in these areas, but most of the birds are hunted on private leases.

Wind sports

The city has one of the highest average wind speed
Wind speed
Wind speed, or wind velocity, is a fundamental atmospheric rate.Wind speed affects weather forecasting, aircraft and maritime operations, construction projects, growth and metabolism rate of many plant species, and countless other implications....

s of coastal cities in North America Combined with the Bay Front area along Ocean Drive, this makes Corpus Christi one of the premiere destinations for wind sports such as kite boarding
Kite boarding
Kite boarding is a sport based on kitesurfing and snowboarding. It involves the use of a snowboard, with the most obsessed riders buying or building slightly modified snowboards for greater impacts, creating, essentially, a sturdy snowboard, as well as the use of a kite similar to the kite used in...

, wind surfing, and kite
Kite
A kite is a tethered aircraft. The necessary lift that makes the kite wing fly is generated when air flows over and under the kite's wing, producing low pressure above the wing and high pressure below it. This deflection also generates horizontal drag along the direction of the wind...

 flying. The city is also well known for having one of the best bays in the country for sailing.

The Corpus Christi Skatepark was the highly anticipated attraction which opened on February 17, 2007. It is located in Cole Park on the shoreline of the Corpus Christi Bay
Corpus Christi Bay
Corpus Christi Bay is a scenic semi-tropical bay on the Texas coast found in San Patricio and Nueces counties, next to the major city of Corpus Christi. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Mustang Island, and is fed by the Nueces River and Oso Creek from its western and southern extensions,...

 near downtown. It is free and open to the public from dawn until 10PM. The 12000 square feet (1,114.8 m²) concrete park includes a skating bowl, and a street course with stairs, railings and flat surfaces.

Notable people from Corpus Christi

This list is in alphabetical order by last name.
  • Amy Acuff
    Amy Acuff
    Amy Lyn Acuff is a track and field athlete from the United States. A high jump specialist, she competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of USA Track and Field...

    , Olympic high jump
    High jump
    The high jump is a track and field athletics event in which competitors must jump over a horizontal bar placed at measured heights without the aid of certain devices in its modern most practiced format; auxiliary weights and mounds have been used for assistance; rules have changed over the years....

    er
  • Mike Adams, MLB player for the Texas Rangers (baseball)
    Texas Rangers (baseball)
    The Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, based in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League, and are the reigning A.L. Western Division and A.L. Champions. Since , the Rangers have...

  • Barbara Barrie
    Barbara Barrie
    Barbara Barrie is an American actress and author of children's books.-Personal life:Barrie was born as Barbara Ann Berman in Chicago, Illinois, of Jewish heritage, the daughter of Frances Rose and Louis Berman. She was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from University of Texas,...

    , actress
  • Raymond Berry
    Raymond Berry
    Raymond Emmett Berry is a former football wide receiver. He played for the Baltimore Colts during their two NFL championship wins. He later had a career in coaching, highlighted by his trip to Super Bowl XX as head coach of the New England Patriots...

    , NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver
    Wide receiver
    A wide receiver is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is the key player in most of the passing plays. Only players in the backfield or the ends on the line are eligible to catch a forward pass. The two players who begin play at the ends of the offensive line are eligible...

  • Patrick Bissell
    Patrick Bissell
    Walter Patrick Bissell was an American ballet dancer. He was a leading principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater...

    , ballet dancer
  • Wayne Blackburn
    Wayne Blackburn
    Wayne Tennyson Blackburn was a major league baseball coach and minor league player-manager....

    , Author, Inventor,
  • Justin Brantly
    Justin Brantly
    Justin Jay Brantly is an American football punter for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2009...

    , NFL Punter
  • J. E. "Buster" Brown
    J. E. "Buster" Brown
    James Edward Brown, known as J. E. "Buster" Brown , is an attorney and lobbyist in Austin, Texas, who served from 1981 to 2002 as a Republican member of the Texas State Senate from District 17, based in Brazoria, Fort Bend, and part of Harris counties, south and west of Houston...

    , politician
  • Johnny Canales
    Johnny Canales
    Johnny Canales is a former Tejano singer, and was host of the popular show titled "The Johnny Canales Show". Canales is credited with one of the first live performances of Selena by her thirteenth birthday. He took Selena y Los Dinos for their first concerts in Mexico...

    , TV Show host
  • Dabney Coleman
    Dabney Coleman
    Dabney Wharton Coleman is an American actor, best known for his roles in 9 to 5, WarGames, You've Got Mail, Sworn to Silence, The Beverly Hillbillies and as the voice of Principal Peter Prickly in Recess and Recess: School's Out.-Early life:Coleman was born in Austin, Texas, the son of Mary...

    , actor
  • Roger Creager
    Roger Creager
    Roger Creager is an award-winning Texas Country singer and songwriter.-Biography:Roger aspired to become a country music singer since he was six years old. He started learning how to play piano in the second grade, but didn't learn guitar until he was a student at Tuloso-Midway High School...

    , country music
    Country music
    Country music is a popular American musical style that began in the rural Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from Western cowboy and folk music...

     singer-songwriter
    Singer-songwriter
    Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose and sing their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. As opposed to contemporary popular music singers who write their own songs, the term singer-songwriter describes a distinct form of artistry, closely associated with the...

  • Paula DeAnda
    Paula DeAnda
    Paula DeAnda is a Mexican American pop singer-songwriter and actress. She first came to prominence with her first single "Doing Too Much" that became a hit in the Southwest. She then got the opportunity to audition for Clive Davis who signed her to Arista Records on the spot...

    , musician
  • Caroline Decker, drifter
  • Design the Skyline
    Design the Skyline
    Design the Skyline is an American experimental metal band from Corpus Christi, Texas. Formed in 2007, the group was originally known as Extra Large Kids during high school and recorded demo songs while playing in their local area under this name...

    , extreme metal band that are known for their extremely negative acclaim
  • Helen Donath
    Helen Donath
    Helen Jeanette Donath is an American soprano with a career spanning fifty years.- Biography :She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and studied at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and with Paola Novikova in New York....

    , opera singer
  • Farrah Fawcett
    Farrah Fawcett
    Farrah Fawcett was an American actress and artist. A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie's Angels, in 1976...

    , actress
  • David Freese
    David Freese
    David Richard Freese is a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. A star high school player, Freese chose not to play college baseball in his freshman year of college, but returned to the game a year later...

    , MLB player for the St. Louis Cardinals
    St. Louis Cardinals
    The St. Louis Cardinals are a professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division in the National League of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have won eleven World Series championships, the most of any National League team, and second overall only to...

  • Bette Nesmith Graham
    Bette Nesmith Graham
    Bette Claire Graham was an American typist, commercial artist, the inventor of Liquid Paper, and mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith.-Biography:...

    , inventor of Liquid Paper
    Liquid Paper
    Liquid Paper is a brand of the Newell Rubbermaid company that sells correction fluid, correction pen and correction tape. Mainly used to correct typewriting in the past, correction products now mostly cover handwriting mistakes.- Brand history :...

     and mother of Michael Nesmith
    Michael Nesmith
    Robert Michael Nesmith is an American musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist, best known as a member of the musical group The Monkees and star of the TV series of the same name...

     of The Monkees
    The Monkees
    The Monkees are an American pop rock group. Assembled in Los Angeles in 1966 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968, the musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork,...

  • Stephanie Griest
    Stephanie Griest
    Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a Chicana author and activist from South Texas. Her books include Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana , 100 Places Every Woman Should Go , and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines...

    , author
  • Jim Heath
    The Reverend Horton Heat
    The Reverend Horton Heat is the stage name of American musician Jim Heath as well as the name of his Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist....

    , musician known as The Reverend Horton Heat
  • Burt Hooton
    Burt Hooton
    Burt Carlton Hooton , nicknamed "Happy" , is a coach and former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball...

    , baseball player
  • Ernestine Jackson
    Ernestine Jackson
    Ernestine Jackson is an African American actress and singer.Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jackson made her Broadway debut in 1967 as Irene Molloy in the all-black cast of Hello, Dolly! starring Pearl Bailey....

    , actress/singer
  • Brooks Kieschnick
    Brooks Kieschnick
    Michael Brooks Kieschnick is a former Major League Baseball player. He was primarily a relief pitcher and left-handed pinch hitter...

    , baseball player
  • Bobby Labonte
    Bobby Labonte
    Robert Alan "Bobby" Labonte is an American race car driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently drives the #47 Kroger/Clorox/Kimberly-Clark/Kingsford/Reese Towpower Hitches Toyota Camry for JTG Daugherty Racing. He currently resides in Trinity, North Carolina. He is married to his wife...

    , NASCAR
    NASCAR
    The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947–48. As of 2009, the CEO for the company is Brian France, grandson of the late Bill France Sr...

     Sprint Cup driver and 2000 champion
  • Terry Labonte
    Terry Labonte
    Terrance Lee Labonte is a semi-retired NASCAR driver who occasionally drives in the Sprint Cup Series when called upon and is a two-time Winston Cup and IROC champion. He currently drives the #32 U.S. Chrome Ford for FAS Lane Racing. Labonte was introduced to the sport through his father, who had...

    , NASCAR
    NASCAR
    The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947–48. As of 2009, the CEO for the company is Brian France, grandson of the late Bill France Sr...

     Sprint Cup driver and 1984 & 1996 champion
  • Colleen R. LaRose, indicted in March 2010 for trying to recruit Islamic terrorists to wage jihad and murder a Swedish artist
  • Brian Leetch
    Brian Leetch
    Brian Joseph Leetch is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. He is generally considered one of the top defensemen in NHL history, being particularly noted for his...

    , NHL defenseman. Born in Corpus Christi but grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut
    Cheshire, Connecticut
    Cheshire is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 28,543 at the 2000 census. The center of population of Connecticut is located in Cheshire. In 2009 Cheshire was ranked 72 in Money Magazine's 100 Best Places to Live.Likewise, in 2011 Cheshire was ranked 73 in...

    .
  • Danny Lohner
    Danny Lohner
    Daniel Patrick "Danny" Lohner , frequently known as Renholdër, is an American rock musician who plays bass guitar, electric guitar, and keyboards. He worked with Trent Reznor on numerous occasions, both with Nine Inch Nails and on the now defunct Tapeworm project...

    , musician
  • Eva Longoria
    Eva Longoria
    Eva Jacqueline Longoria is an American actress, best known for portraying Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives...

    , actress
  • Allen Ludden
    Allen Ludden
    Allen Ludden was an American television personality, emcee and game show host, perhaps most well known for hosting various incarnations of the game show Password between 1961 and 1980.-Early years:...

    , game show
    Game show
    A game show is a type of radio or television program in which members of the public, television personalities or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, play a game which involves answering questions or solving puzzles usually for money and/or prizes...

     host
  • Ramsey Luna
    Ramsey Luna
    Ramsey Luna is an undefeated Mexican American Super Featherweight boxer.-Professional career:...

    , Mexican American
    Mexican American
    Mexican Americans are Americans of Mexican descent. As of July 2009, Mexican Americans make up 10.3% of the United States' population with over 31,689,000 Americans listed as of Mexican ancestry. Mexican Americans comprise 66% of all Hispanics and Latinos in the United States...

     boxer
    Boxing
    Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds...

    .
  • Terrence McNally
    Terrence McNally
    Terrence McNally is an American playwright who has received four Tony Awards, an Emmy, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, the Lucille Lortel Award, the Hull-Warriner Award, and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Council of the...

    , playwright
  • Nina Mercedez
    Nina Mercedez
    Nina Mercedez is a Mexican-American pornographic actress, producer and director.-Biography:Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Nina Mercedez' family background is Mexican....

    , adult film star
  • Mitch Morris
    Mitch Morris
    Mitch Morris is an American actor. His full birth name is John Mitchell Morris.-Biography:Morris was raised in Portland, Texas. He graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1998. As a trumpet player, he was offered a music scholarship to the University of North Texas, but turned it down to...

    , actor
  • Sam Neely
    Sam Neely
    Sam Neely was an American country musician.Born in Cuero, Texas, Neely began playing guitar at age ten. After moving with his family to Corpus Christi, he began playing in bands, including local group Buckle...

    , singer
  • Whitney Parra, Comedian, 2010 Miss USA
  • Paul Peress
    Paul Peress
    Paul Peress is an American drummer, composer and producer, based in New York City.-Background:Paul Peress grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and also lived in Kansas City, Missouri for his last 2 years of high school.He has a B.A...

    , drummer, composer, producer
  • Larry Norman
    Larry Norman
    Larry David Norman was an American Christian musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer, who worked with Christian rock music...

    , musician and songwriter
  • Todd Oldham
    Todd Oldham
    Todd Oldham is an American-born designer and president of L-7 Designs Inc. His fun, lighthearted approach to fashion and style has become known to millions through his fashion lines, interior designs, books and by appearing in television shows...

    , fashion designer
  • Revilo P. Oliver
    Revilo P. Oliver
    Revilo Pendleton Oliver was an American professor of Classical philology, Spanish, and Italian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who wrote and polemicized extensively for white nationalist causes....

    , notorious 20th century American fascist and scholar
  • Cliff Pennington
    Cliff Pennington (baseball)
    Clifton Randoulph Pennington is a Major League Baseball infielder for the Oakland Athletics.-Career:Pennington attended Texas A&M University. He played for the Texas A&M Aggies baseball team....

    , MLB player for the Oakland Athletics
    Oakland Athletics
    The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Athletics have played in the O.co Coliseum....

  • Lou Diamond Phillips
    Lou Diamond Phillips
    Lou Diamond Phillips is an American film, television, and stage actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba. He earned a supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I...

    , actor
  • Billy Powell
    Billy Powell
    William Norris "Billy" Powell was an American musician. He was the longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, from 1970 until his death in 2009.-Biography:...

    , keyboardist
  • A.B. Quintanilla, singer and songwriter currently with Kumbia All Starz
    Kumbia All Starz
    Kumbia All Starz are a Mexican cumbia music group from Corpus Christi, Texas, created by A.B. Quintanilla. Kumbia All Starz are not to be confused with Los Kumbia Kings although some members are originally from Los Kumbia Kings...

    , Selena's older brother
  • Suzette Quintanilla, drummer for Selena y los Dinos
    Selena y Los Dinos
    Selena y Los Dinos was the band in which Grammy-Award-winning Tejano music singer Selena performed, until her death on March 31, 1995. Selena fronted the band since 1980, started by her father Abraham Quintanilla, Jr....

    , Selena's older sister.
  • Selena
    Selena
    Selena Quintanilla-Pérez , known simply as Selena, was a Mexican American singer-songwriter. She was named the "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits...

    , Singer / Songwriter
  • Dody Roach
    Dody Roach
    Felix D. "Dody" Roach , was an American poker player from Corpus Christi, Texas, who won two bracelets at the World Series of Poker....

    , professional poker player, 2-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner
  • Johnny Roland
    Johnny Roland
    Johnny Earl Roland is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the St...

    , NFL player and coach
  • Aaron Ross, Professional Bmx bike rider who rides for Sunday Bikes and Etnies
    Etnies
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     Shoes
  • Leslie Sanchez
    Leslie Sanchez
    Leslie Sanchez is a prominent American author, political pundit affiliated with the Republican Party, and founder/CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based market research and consulting firm.-Early life:...

    , political pundit
  • Pepe Serna
    Pepe Serna
    Pepe Serna is an American film actor and artist.Serna's first break in movies came in 1970 on the Roger Corman directed film Student Nurses. Over the years Serna has appeared in over 100 films, most notably Car Wash and Scarface directed by Brian De Palma, where he played Montana's friend Angel...

    , actor
  • Robert Simpson, meteorologist and hurricane specialist
  • Lori Singer
    Lori Singer
    Lori Singer is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Ariel Moore, the female lead in the 1984 feature film Footloose, and as Julie Miller in the television series Fame.-Film and television career:...

    , actress
  • Marc Singer
    Marc Singer
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    , actor
  • Justin Storms
    Justin Storms
    Justin Storms is an American artist and musician who performs under the pseudonym "Wailin' Storms."-Art:...

    , artist, musician
  • Don Williams
    Don Williams
    Don Williams , is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He grew up in Portland, Texas, and graduated in 1958 from Gregory-Portland High School. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971,...

    , country and western singer
  • Hal Williams, author
  • Horacio Villarreal, student at The University of Texas at Austin, All-American IM Football/Basketball/Volleyball player, 2011 Masters Champion
  • John A. Brieden
    John A. Brieden
    John Brieden, III is a former national commander of the American Legion, a past member of the Texas Veterans Commission and the Brazos River Authority, and is currently the Republican county judge of Washington County, Texas. - Background :...

    , former national commander of the American Legion
    American Legion
    The American Legion is a mutual-aid organization of veterans of the United States armed forces chartered by the United States Congress. It was founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by Congress...

  • Tom DeLay
    Tom DeLay
    Thomas Dale "Tom" DeLay is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1984 until 2006. He was Republican Party House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005, when he resigned because of criminal money laundering charges in...

    , former U.S. Congressman and House Majority Leader
    Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives
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  • Jessie Pavelka
    Jessie Pavelka
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    , U.S. TV actress and model

Films made in Corpus Christi

Year Title Status Notes
1979 Tilt Filmed stars Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields
Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress and model. Some of her better-known movies include Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon, as well as TV shows such as Suddenly Susan, That '70s Show and Lipstick Jungle....

 and Charles Durning
Charles Durning
Charles Durning is an American actor. With appearances in over 100 films, Durning's memorable roles include police officers in the Oscar-winning The Sting and crime drama Dog Day Afternoon , along with the comedies Tootsie, To Be Or Not To Be and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the last two...

1985 The Legend of Billie Jean
The Legend of Billie Jean
The Legend of Billie Jean is a 1985 American drama film, directed by Matthew Robbins.-Plot:Billie Jean Davy , a Corpus Christi, Texas high school girl, rides with her younger brother, Binx , on a Honda Elite to a local lake to enjoy a day of swimming and relaxation...

Filmed stars Christian Slater
Christian Slater
Christian Michael Leonard Slater is an American actor. He made his film debut with a small role in The Postman Always Rings Twice before playing a leading role in the 1985 film The Legend of Billie Jean...

 and Helen Slater
Helen Slater
Helen Rachel Slater is an American actress and singer-songwriter.She appeared in the title role in the 1984 film Supergirl. In the following years she starred in several very successful comedy-drama films such as Ruthless People, The Secret of My Success, and City Slickers...

1985 Target
Target (1985 film)
Target is a 1985 film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Matt Dillon and Gene Hackman.-Plot:In Dallas, Walter Lloyd runs a lumber business. After checking out at the office, Walter stops by the local racetrack, where his college-age son Chris works repairing stock cars...

Filmed stars Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman is an American actor and novelist.Nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, Hackman has also won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs in a career that spanned five decades. He first came to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde...

 and Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon
Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon is an American actor and film director. He began acting in the late 1970s, gaining fame as a teenage idol during the 1980s.- Early life :...

1991 Knight Rider 2000
Knight Rider 2000
Knight Rider 2000 is a 1991 sequel movie to the television series Knight Rider. It is included in the Region 1, Region 2 and Region 4 versions of the Knight Rider Season One box set/...

Filmed stars David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff
David Michael Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, producer and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US series Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch...

 and Edward Mullhare
1997 Selena
Selena (film)
Selena is a 1997 American biographical drama film about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena, a recording artist who was well known in the Mexican-American and Hispanic communities in the United States and Mexico before she was shot to death at the age of twenty-three.The movie...

Filmed stars Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lynn Lopez is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, television personality, and fashion designer. Lopez began her career as a dancer on the television comedy program In Living Color. Subsequently venturing into acting, she gained recognition in the 1995 action-thriller...

2001 Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor (film)
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American action drama war film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Randall Wallace, who wrote the screenplay...

Filmed stars Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt , better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, writer, and producer. He became known with his performances in Kevin Smith's films such as Mallrats and Chasing Amy...

 and Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett
Joshua Daniel "Josh" Hartnett is an American actor and aspiring producer. He first came to audiences' attention in 1997 as "Michael Fitzgerald" in the television series Cracker. He made his feature film debut in 1998, co-starring with Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later for Miramax...

2009 The Open Road
The Open Road
The Open Road is a 2009 comedy-drama film written and directed by Michael Meredith. It stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Mara, Jeff Bridges and Mary Steenburgen and was produced by Anchor Bay Entertainment. Country singer Lyle Lovett and Harry Dean Stanton are also among the cast...

Filmed stars Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Justin Randall Timberlake is an American pop musician and actor. He achieved early fame when he appeared as a contestant on Star Search, and went on to star in the Disney Channel television series The New Mickey Mouse Club, where he met future bandmate JC Chasez...

 and Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor and musician. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film Crazy Heart....


See also

  • Nueces Hotel
    Nueces Hotel
    The Nueces Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas was a luxury hotel that also served the city as a center of social and political life during the early twentieth century and was for years the largest building in Texas south of San Antonio.- Beginnings :...

  • Old Bayview Cemetery
    Old Bayview Cemetery
    Old Bayview Cemetery is a cemetery located on a small hill in downtown Corpus Christi, Texas at West Broadway and Waco streets, bordered by the I-37 access road. It is the oldest federal military cemetery in Texas...

  • List of mayors of Corpus Christi, Texas

External links

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