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Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas
For other meanings see Corpus Christi.
City of Corpus Christi

Coordinates: 27°44′34″N 97°24′7″W / 27.74278°N 97.40194°W / 27.74278; -97.40194Coordinates: 27°44′34″N 97°24′7″W / 27.74278°N 97.40194°W / 27.74278; -97.40194 Country State Counties United States Texas Nueces Kleberg San Patricio Aransas[1] Joe Adame 460.2 sq mi (1,192.0 km2) 154.6 sq mi (400.5 km2) 305.6 sq mi (791.5 km2) 7 ft (2 m)

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Nickname(s): Sparkling City by the Sea

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Population (2007) 285,507(64th U.S.) - City 1,794.2/sq mi (692.7/km2) - Density 431,741 - Metro Time zone - Summer (DST) ZIP codes CST (UTC-6) CDT (UTC-5) 78401, 78405, 78408, 78411, 78414, 78417, 361 78402, 78406, 78409, 78412, 78415, 78418 78404, 78407, 78410, 78413, 78416,

Location in the state of Texas

Area code(s) FIPS code GNIS feature ID Website

48-17000[2] 1333380[3] Corpus Christi Official Website

Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County,[4] it also

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extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties.[1] The population was 277,454 at the 2000 census; in 2006 the US Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 285,175,[5] 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. The translation from Latin of the city’s name is Body of Christ, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honor of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist). 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 and is served by the Corpus Christi International Airport.

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high temperature is 109 °F (43 °C), on September 5, 2000, while its record low is 11 °F (−12 °C). In December 2004, the city experienced snowfall on Christmas Eve. The snow stayed until Christmas Day and melted the day after.

Demographics
Historical populations Census Pop. %± 175 — 1860 2,140 1,122.9% 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 3,257 4,387 4,703 8,222 10,522 27,741 57,301 108,287 167,690 204,525 231,999 257,453 277,454 52.2% 34.7% 7.2% 74.8% 28.0% 163.6% 106.6% 89.0% 54.9% 22.0% 13.4% 11.0% 7.8%

Geography
Corpus Christi is located at 27°44′34″N 97°24′07″W / 27.742857°N 97.401927°W / 27.742857; -97.401927 (27.742857, -97.401927).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city 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 and the Choke Canyon Reservoir. Through an effective regional partnership with the Nueces River Authority and the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, a 101-mile (163 km) pipeline was built which transports water from Lake Texana to the city’s O.N. Steven’s Water Treatment Plant. It was named the Mary Rhodes Pipeline, named 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
Corpus Christi has a marine climate, enjoying similar temperatures to those of other Gulf Coast regions, but lower precipitation as it is located in a semiarid region. Average high temperatures in the summer months exceed 90 °F (32 °C) while average nighttime winter lows in January, the coldest month, are a little less than 50 °F (10 °C). The city’s largest recorded snowstorm was 4.4 inches (11 cm) on Dec. 24, 2004. The city’s record

Est. 2006 285,267 2.8% As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 277,454 people, 98,791 households, and 70,437 families residing in the city. The population density 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 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. In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 10.6% from

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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 household in the city was $36,414, and 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 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.

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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.

One Shoreline Plaza in Downtown Corpus Christi

Neighborhoods
• • • • • • • • Flour Bluff Calallen Clarkwood Annaville North Beach Mustang Island North Padre Island Gardendale One Shoreline Plaza from Heritage Park

Tourism
The city is home to a number of popular destinations for both tourists and residents. In the southeast part of the city, near the Pharaoh Valley subdivision, is the Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge, on the western shore of Oso Bay. The nearby Pharaohs golf course also serves as a haven for coastal and migratory birds. Some of the most visited attractions are on North Beach, where the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay are located. The USS

Lexington was also part of the set for the 2000 film Pearl Harbor. 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,

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is home to skyscrapers such as One Shoreline Plaza, companies, various shops, a very popular center of marinas, and Mirador de la Flor. Downtown also is home of the Texas Surf Museum, which explores the history of surfing and focuses on surf culture along Texas’ 367-mile (591 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 which hosts gardening programs from time to time. Directly east of Corpus Christi are Padre Island and Mustang Island, home to various municipal, state, and national parks, most notably Padre Island National Seashore. The city is also near King Ranch, 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. South 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 (formerly Padre Staples Mall), and Sunrise Mall. The soon to come Crosstown Commons, will be the largest of them all and is expected to have many more major retailers and attendance. Also, a number of other large shopping centers, small strip centers, and restaurants can be found throughout the city. Just 14 miles (23 km) to the west of Corpus Christi in the town of Robstown, Texas (USA) will another retail power center be constructed that will serve the entire 14-county Coastal Bend Region. As of May 14, 2008 the project is just one step closer to approval. Once approved construction should start as of late Fall 2008. The major retail project is to be named The Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay The city is accessed by two major bridges, the Harbor Bridge and the John F. Kennedy Causeway. Both bridges are maintained by the Texas Department of Highways and Transportation.

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Downtown Corpus Christi and Government sectors, Corpus Christi enjoys a low unemployment rate of 4.0% (May 2007).[9] The Port of Corpus Christi, which is the sixth largest U.S. port and deepest inshore port on the Gulf of Mexico, 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 and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. 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, located on NAS Corpus Christi, is the largest helicopter repair facility in the world.[10] Corpus Christi used to be the headquarters of Whataburger, 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 the Corpus Christi Independent School District with 5,355 local employees, Spohn Health System at 4,500, Stripes Convenience Stores at 2,500, and the H.E.B. Grocery Company at 2,200.[11] Corpus Christi became the first major city to offer city wide free Wi-Fi, 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.[12]

Economy
The Corpus Christi economy is vibrant and diversified with good growth potential[8] With the majority of the population employed in the Services, Wholesale and Retail Trade,

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Club Corpus Christi Hooks Corpus Christi IceRays Corpus Christi Sharks Corpus Christi Hammerheads Corpus Christi Crabs Sport Baseball Ice Hockey Indoor Football Indoor Football Rugby League Texas League CHL AF2 IFL Texas Rugby Union Venue Whataburger Field American Bank Center American Bank Center

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Established Championships

1968(Relocated 1(2006) in 2005) 1997 2006 1(1998) 0 0 N/A

Central Pavil- 2003 ion Arena Dewey’s 1973

Sister Cities
• • • • • Agen, France Keelung, Taiwan Monterrey, Mexico Toledo, Spain (since September 5, 1989) Yokosuka, Japan (since 1962)

1965). Despite the convenience of a large harbor, the city does not have a passenger port.

Major Highways
• • • • • • Interstate 37 U.S. Highway 77 U.S. Highway 181 Texas State Highway 44 Texas State Highway 35 Texas State Highway 361

Transportation

Sports
The city is home to the Corpus Christi IceRays of the Central Hockey League, Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League who are a Double A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Hooks hosted the 2007 Texas League All Star Game. The city also supports the Corpus Christi Sharks of arenafootball2. The Corpus Christi metropolitan area is also home of the Corpus Christi Hammerheads of the Intense Football League. As one of Corpus’ best held secrets, sailing races are held weekly off downtown’s T-heads every Wednesday, where spectators can watch beautiful vessels flying their spinnakers during sunset. Corpus is also home to the Corpus Christi Rugby Football Club, which is a member of the Texas Rugby Union, an affiliate of the Western Rugby Union and of the United States Rugby Football Union.

Corpus Christi International Airport welcome sign Corpus Christi is served by Corpus Christi International Airport and Interstate 37. U.S. Highway 77 connects the city to Brownsville and Victoria. Texas State Highway 44 is a main thoroughfare that connects Corpus Christi to the western part of South Texas by way of U.S. Highway 59, Interstate 35, and U.S. Highway 83. The inner city public transportation is provided by Corpus Christi Transportation Authority 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

Education

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• Collegiate High School • Solomon Coles High School Middle Schools • Baker Middle School • Cullen Middle School • Cunningham Middle School • Discoll 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

Colleges and universities
Corpus Christi is home to several institutions of higher learning: Del Mar College [3], Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (formerly known by the following four names: Corpus Christi State University (CCSU), Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi, and University of Corpus Christi, but now a component of the Texas A&M University System), 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,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 Howard Payne University and on the graduate level for Logsdon Seminary of Hardin-Simmons University. 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 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.

Libraries
• Corpus Christi Public Libraries TexShare Card holders have limited borrowing privileges at the following area libraries[13]: • Nueces County Public Library in Robstown, Texas - Lending Policy • Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Lending Policy • Del Mar College Libraries - Lending Policy

Recreation
Fishing
With the city being next to Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, and Laguna Madre, it has turned into a booming economy for fishing guides, bait merchants, fishing supply retailers, watercraft retailers, and even research of marine biology. Shark attacks are typically limited to the South Padre Island area.

Schools
Five school districts provide primary and secondary education for area residents: Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD), Calallen ISD, Flour Bluff ISD, Tuloso-Midway ISD, and West Oso ISD. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi provides the primary and secondary education for Catholic schools.

Kayak Fishing
In the past few years kayak fishing has become a popular alternative to fishing from motor boats.

Hunting
Because of the abundance of fish, waterfowl hunting has become popular in the region. Duck, geese, coot, and teal are just some of the many birds hunted for on the water. There is also a huge interest in white-winged dove and mourning dove in these areas, but most of the birds are hunted on private leases.

CCISD
High Schools • Mary Carroll High School • Richard King High School • Roy Miller High School • Foy H. Moody High School (offering the Health Science Academy, among many others) • W. B. Ray High School

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Year Title 1978 Tilt 1985 The Legend of Billie Jean 1997 Selena 2001 Pearl Harbor 2008 The Open Road Status Filmed Filmed Filmed Filmed Notes

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stars Brook Shields and Charles Durning stars Christian Slater and Helen Slater stars Jennifer Lopez stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett

In Production stars Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Sam Neely, singer Freddy Fender, singer, actor Marc Singer, actor Dabney Coleman, actor Terrence McNally, playwright Nina Mercedez, adult film star Danny Lohner, musician Larry Norman, musician and songwriter Brooks Kieschnick, baseball player Amy Acuff, high jumper Pepe Serna, actor Don Williams, country and western singer Barbara Barrie, actress Billy Powell, keyboardist Burt Hooton, baseball player Johnny Canales, TV Show host Allen Ludden, game show host Todd Oldham, fashion designer Raymond Berry, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Brian Leetch, NHL defenseman. Born in Corpus Christi but grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut. Roger Creager, country music singersongwriter Johnny Roland, NFL player and coach Helen Donath, opera singer Bette Nesmith Graham, inventor of liquid paper (What is today called White-Out) Revilo P. Oliver, notorious 20th century American fascist and scholar Reverend Horton Heat, (Jim Heath), psychobilly musician Brooke Staricha, 6th runner-up on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 6 John McCain - was stationed at NAS-CC from 1959-1960 where he graduated from flight school Mitch Morris - actor

Wind sports
The city has one of the highest average wind speeds of coastal cities in North America [14] 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, wind surfing, and kite flying. The city is also well known for having one of the best bays in the country for sailing.

Skateboarding
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 near downtown. It is free and open to the public from dawn until 10PM. The 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) concrete park includes a skating bowl, and a street course with stairs, railings and flat surfaces.

Notable people from Corpus Christi
• Selena Quintanilla-Perez, Tejano star • A.B. Quintanilla, singer and songwriter currently with Kumbia All Starz, Selena’s older brother • Farrah Fawcett, actress • Eva Longoria, actress • George King, Vice President and General Manager of the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club • Bobby Labonte, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and 2000 champion • Terry Labonte, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and 1984 & 1996 champion • Lou Diamond Phillips, actor • Jose Rivera, vice president of Del Mar college • Paula DeAnda, musician • Suzette Quintanilla, drummer for Selena y los Dinos, Selena’s older sister. • Lori Singer, actress

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Media
• FYI • Texas Coastal Enthusiast Magazine Newspapers • Corpus Christi Caller-Times • We the People News Broadcast television • KIII 3 (ABC) • KRIS 6 (NBC) • KZTV 10 (CBS) • KEDT 16 (PBS) • KTOV-LP 21 (My Network TV) • KORO 28 (Univision) • KUQI 38 (FOX) • KCRP-CA 41 (Telefutura) • KDF 47 (Independent) • K54JS 54 (Multimedios) • K68DJ "KAJA" 68 (Telemundo) Radio

References
[1] ^ US Census change list [2] ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [3] "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [4] "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/ Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/ cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [5] Census population Estimate 2006 Factfinder [6] "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/ www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. [7] National Weather Service Corpus Christi [8] [1]. [9] Corpus Christi, TX Economy at a Glance [10] [2] [11] Wilson Plaza [12] EarthLink Dedicates Wi-Fi Network In Corpus Christi [13] TexShare Card Program - Patron Information Page. Accessed 7 Apr 2009. [14] Wind Average Data: University of Utah: http://www.met.utah.edu/jhorel/html/wx/ climate/windavg.html

Internet Radio
• "Hoss the Boss.com-internet radio live from Corpus Christi,Tx-the internet’s new hometown"

AM
• • • • 1230AM KSIX KKTX-1360, "News Radio 1360" KEYS-1440, "KEYS 1440 News*Talk" KDAE Radio Libertad-1590, "Liberty Radio"

FM
• KLOVE 88.7 FM, "Positive, Encouraging, K-LOVE" • KLUX 89.5 FM, "Good Company - Easy Listening" • KEDT 90.3 FM, "Public Radio" • KBNJ 91.7 FM "Great Christian Music" • KMIQ 104.9 93.5 FM "Q 104.9 The New Majic" • KMXR-93.9, "Oldies 93.9" • KBSO 94.7 FM "Mas Musica Caliente" • KZFM-95.5, "Hot z95" • KLTG-96.5, "The Beach 96.5" • KFTX-97.5, "Real Country 97.5 KFTX" • KRYS-99.1, "K-99 The Country Station" • KSAB-99.9, "Tejano 99.9" • KNCN-101.3, "C-101 Rocks" • KKPN-102.3, "Planet 102.3" • KNDA, 102.9 Da Bomb • KOUL-103.7, "KOUL" • KPUS-104.5, "Classic Rock" • JAKE-107.3, "JAKE FM"

History
See: • Nueces Hotel • Old Bayview Cemetery • List of mayors of Corpus Christi, Texas

External links
• • • • History of Corpus Christi book City of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Public Libraries Corpus Christi Downtown Management District • K Space Contemporary,contemporary art gallery • Official Tourism website of the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau • Corpus Christi Area Parks

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• The Indie Theater - Dinner Movie Theater in Corpus Christi • Corpus Christi Public Library Digital Archive, features local history photographs and materials • Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Sports • "Corpus Christi Hooks-AA minor league team of the Astros"

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• "Corpus Christi Sharks/AFL2 football" • "Corpus Christi Hammerheads /IFL Arena Football" • "Coastal Bend Aviators/ minor league baseball" • "CCRFC, Crabs Rugby/ Texas Rugby Union Club"

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