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Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi is a city located in Texas. The name means "body of Christ" in Latin. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 277,454. It is the county seat of Nueces County6.

Corpus Christi is home to the Days Inn where Tejano star Selena was shot to death.

Corpus Christi is served by Corpus Christi International Airport.

According to some, the Corpus Christi neighborhood of Calallen could be considered a separate community. This statement is unverified: it was moved from another article.


Corpus Christi is located at 27°44'34" North, 97°24'7" West (27.742857, -97.401927)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1,192.0 km² (460.2 mi²). 400.5 km² (154.6 mi²) of it is land and 791.5 km² (305.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 66.40% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 277,454 people, 98,791 households, and 70,437 families residing in the city. The population density is 692.7/km² (1,794.2/mi²). There are 107,831 housing units at an average density of 269.2/km² (697.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 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. 54.33% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 98,791 households out of which 36.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% are married couples living together, 15.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% are non-families. 23.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.75 and the average family size is 3.27.

In the city the population is spread out with 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 33 years. For every 100 females there are 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $36,414, and the median income for a family is $41,672. Males have a median income of $31,863 versus $22,616 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,419. 17.6% of the population and 14.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 22.9% are under the age of 18 and 15.5% are 65 or older.