Profile for Corpus Christi, Texas, TX
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Corpus Christi is a city in Nueces County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Latin for "body of Christ."
The latitude of Corpus Christi is 27.800N. The longitude is -97.396W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 279,208.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Corpus Christi demographic reports
Corpus Christi is on Nueces and Corpus Christi bays.
Pirates led by Jean Laffite frequented the region in the early 19th century. Grew as a ranching and farming area until oil was discovered in 1894.
The city's busy port handles petroleum products, chemicals, cotton and grain.
Public transportation: Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 2,462. The number of murders and homicides was 21. The violent crime rate was 8.7 per 1,000 people.
Corpus Christi received national attention for the 1995 shooting death of Tejano music star Selena.
Well-known residents have included:
· Farrah Fawcett, actress
· Raymond Berry, football player
· Terry and Bobby Labonte, race car drivers
· Louise Mandrell, singer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Czech Fest - Oct. 6-7, 2007
- Bayfest - Sept. 28-30, 2007
- Texas Jazz Festival - Oct. 19-21, 2007
- Texas Great Birding Classic - April 15-22, 2007
- Buccaneer Days - April 25-May 6, 2007
- Festival of the Arts - March 2-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Corpus Christi web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Cole Park, Suter Wildlife Park, Sablatura Park, Mustang Island State Park, Padre Island National Seashore
Corpus Christi attractions: Corpus Christi Zoo,
Texas State Aquarium, Botanical Gardens, Pirates of the Gulf theme park
Sports teams: Hooks (minor league baseball), Hammerheads (Intense Football League), Rayz (CHL)
Historic sites and museums: USS Lexington, Art Museum of South Texas, International Kite Museum, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Asian Cultures Museum
Colleges and universities:
Texas A&M University, Del Mar College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 88
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Ancestry & family history
9% of Corpus Christi residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Corpus Christi ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Corpus Christi was $17,419, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Corpus Christi residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Corpus Christi festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Buccaneer Days - A
- Bayfest - S
- Festival of the Arts - M
- Texas Jazz Festival - O
- Czech Fest - O
- Texas Great Birding Classic - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Corpus Christi, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $472. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $938.
Libraries in Corpus Christi include Corpus Christi Public Libraries, Greenwood Branch Library, Janet F. Harte Public Library, Northwest Branch Library, Parkdale Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Corpus Christi include Corpus Christi Caller-Times
TV stations in Corpus Christi include KEDT, KIII, KORO, KRIS, KWDT-LP, KZTV.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KEDT-FM.
Nueces County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Corpus Christi political report.
Corpus Christi restaurants taking online reservations include The Republic of Texas Bar & Grill ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Corpus Christi workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 67 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Corpus Christi between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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