Corpus Christi, TX
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Corpus Christi is a large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Texas. With a population of 324,074 people and 74 constituent neighborhoods, Corpus Christi is the eighth largest community in Texas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Corpus Christi is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Corpus Christi is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Corpus Christi who work in office and administrative support (12.25%), sales jobs (12.14%), and management occupations (7.62%).

Corpus Christi is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One important feature of Corpus Christi is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 0.82% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Corpus Christi anyway. So, if you like to drive, Corpus Christi is the city for you! The landscape around Corpus Christi reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The education level of Corpus Christi citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.90% of adults 25 and older in Corpus Christi have a college degree.

The per capita income in Corpus Christi in 2010 was $25,481, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,924 for a family of four. However, Corpus Christi contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Corpus Christi is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Corpus Christi home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Corpus Christi, accounting for 61.27% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Corpus Christi residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Corpus Christi include Irish, English, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Corpus Christi is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.