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Corpus Christi Rated as the 5th Most Desirable City for Relocating Families

Corpus Christi: Community Living At Its Best!

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi and the surrounding region is culturally rich and diverse, offers excellent educational opportunities, beautiful climate, land- and sea-based recreation, a strong economy, exceptional healthcare facilities, and affordable living.  

Sound too good to be true? We encourage you to visit the community and discover why Corpus Christi can say these things in confidence. If you visit, you may decide to stay and become a part of our progressive and delightful corner of the world.

Brief History

In 1519, on the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alverez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay on the southern coast of Texas. The bay, and the city that later developed, took the name of the feast day celebrating the “Body of Christ”.
 
Corpus Christi began as a frontier trading post, founded in 1838-39 by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney. It remained an obscure settlement until July 1845, when U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor set up camp at the settlement in preparation for war with Mexico.  

The city is now the largest city on the Texas coast and is the sixth largest port in the nation.

Cultural Amenties

American Bank Center. South Texas Museum of Art.  Texas State Aquarium. Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center. Harbor Playhouse. Richardson Performance Hall. Asian Cultures Museum and Education Center. Selena Auditorium. Ortiz International Center. Corpus Christi Arts Center. Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. Concrete Street Ampitheater. Richard Borchard Regional Complex.

Cultural Amenties

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Corpus Christi All-America City

Recreation

The Padre Island National Seashore is just outside the city and offers a pristine seashore environment. The Gulf of Mexico and the bays provide exceptional fishing, sailing, boating, and windsurfing opportunities. In fact, Corpus Christi is one of the top three windsurfing venues in the world. If you like hunting, the surrounding ranches are rich areas for bird and deer hunting.

Corpus Christi is also home to pro sports. The Corpus Christi Hooks, the 2006 Texas League Champions, are a AA farm team of the Houston Astros. The Rayz hockey club is from the Central Hockey League, the Hammerheads are a team from the Intense Football League, and the Sharks are from the af2 Arena Football League.

International Boat Show Comes to Corpus Christi

Corpus Chrsiti Sports
Climate
 
Corpus Christi has a warm subtropical climate similar to those of Northern Florida cities, except that the city is located in a semi-arid region with less rainfall. 

The average highs in the summer months are in the 90’s with lows in the mid 70’s. Average highs and lows in January are 66 and 46 respectively.

Observed Normal Climatic Conditions

Connected!
 
Corpus Christi has installed a city-wide Wi-Fi broadband telecommunications system. The 1 Mbps network covers 100% of the city and is expected to have a transformational impact on the community. The system supports multiple e-government applications, virtual textbooks and Web-based lessons in schools, and a multitude of business applications and involvement.
The Intelligent Community Forum named Corpus Christi as one of the “Smart21 Communities of 2007”.

In November, 2006, the Center for Digital Government named Corpus Christi the most technologically-advanced city in the population category of 250,000 or more.

 
 

 

Education 

Education is a top priority in the Corpus Christi region, and as a result, the educational systems are strong. Schools are rising to the challenge of educating more students, as new residents are attracted to the area. And they are doing so with great success: at least one school in four out of five area districts is rated ‘Exemplary’. Area educators and community leaders are committed to students, and work tirelessly to ensure that all students, upon graduating, are equipped to begin a career or pursue higher education.

Nineteen independent school districts serve the region, including five within the city of Corpus Christi. Students are offered the opportunity for creative learning through a variety of cooperative programs with institutions such as the South Texas Institute for the Arts, the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Asian Cultures Museum and Educational Center, the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Texas State Aquarium, and the Junior League of Corpus Christi.

The largest public school district in the region is the Corpus Christi Independent School District. Other districts in the city include Flour Bluff, Calallen, Tuloso-Midway and West Oso. Together, Corpus Christi’s five independent school districts have an enrollment of approximately 53,000 students.

The Texas Education Agency grades Texas public schools in reading, writing and mathematics. Schools are rated Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable, based on their overall performance. The five school districts in the Corpus Christi area boast a combined 19 Exemplary campuses.

In the field of higher education, Corpus Christi gets excellent marks. The region is home to four institutions of higher learning. Two of these institutions are part of the Texas A&M University System: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Two others, Del Mar College and Coastal Bend College, are two-year community colleges.

Vast educational opportunities abound in the area because of the community’s commitment to its young people through education, innovation, technology and research. Community leaders and area educators are looking toward the future, and employing their best resources to help students reach their academic goals.

 

 

Healthcare
 
Corpus Christi is one of the premier healthcare centers in the U.S. with four major hospitals on several campuses that serve South Texas, Mexico and Latin America. The Driscoll Children’s Hospital is one of the top 20 children’s medical facilities in the nation.
 
 Texas A&M University is in the process of building a Health Sciences center in Corpus Christi which will provide instruction third and fourth year medical students from the Texas A&M Medical School with plans to add a second medical school campus in Corpus Christi.

A Place Just for Kids: Driscoll Children's Hospital is the first choice for
medical care...View Article (PDF).

 

 

 

Cost of Living and Housing

Corpus Christi has historically had a lower cost of living compared to other U.S. cities.

2013 Average Annual
 

Corpus Christi, Texas MSA
92.1
Houston, Texas
99.2
Mobile, Alabama
91.6
Miami, Florida
107.6
New Orleans, Louisiana
98.8
Baltimore, Maryland
113.0
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
91.6
Savannah, Georgia
92.9

 

ACCRA Cost of Living Index for Corpus Christi MSA 2013 Annual Average (100 = National level)
Composite Index – 100%               
Food – 13.48%
Housing – 26.05%
Utilities – 9.95%
Transportation – 12.63%
Health Care – 4.89%
Misc. Goods and Services – 33.01%
* The median price of a home in Corpus Christi Metropolitian Area in Dec. 2013 was 144,000 compared to $211,700 for the nation.
    The median price of a home in the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Area for July of 2011 was 145,900 compared to
    $202,375 for the nation.

In Corpus Christi you can enjoy living in a beautiful subdivision, on an estate lot, or on the beach living. The choices are varied and affordable.

 

 

The People Make the Place Special
 
Communities develop and grow because of their people…the fabric that makes a place special…special in which to live, work, and play. It is the people of Corpus Christi that have made and will continue to make this a special place. We are a proud, culturally rich population with many people from around the world calling Corpus Christi home. Visionary leadership has envisioned a community of the future and set about making that vision become reality. Our citizens, from all walks of life, work hard to make Corpus Christi a very special place to be.
 
Corpus Christi has it all…a business environment for growth and prosperity, quality of life for those who live and work in the community, and an international presence and understanding.
 
 
 
All that is missing is YOU!