Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas
City of Corpus Christi
Downtown bayfront
Downtown bayfront
Flag of Corpus Christi, Texas
Sparkling City by the Sea, Corpus
Location within Nueces County
Location within Nueces County
Corpus Christi is located in Texas
Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
Location within Texas
Corpus Christi is located in the United States
Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
Location within United States
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 United States
State Texas
CountiesNueces, Kleberg, San Patricio, Aransas[1]
Named forBody of Christ
 • TypeCouncil–manager government
 • City councilMayor Paulette Guajardo (D)
Michael Hunter
John Martinez
Mike Pusley
Billy A. Lerma
Ben Molina
Roland Barrera
Greg Smith
Gil Hernandez
 • City managerPeter Zanoni
 • City488.73 sq mi (1,265.80 km2)
 • Land160.63 sq mi (416.03 km2)
 • Water328.10 sq mi (849.77 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • City305,215
 • Estimate 
 • RankUS: 58th
 • Density2,033.17/sq mi (785.01/km2)
 • Metro
442,600 (114th U.S.)
 • CSA
516,793 (87th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
78401–78402, 78404–78419
Area code(s)361
FIPS code48-17000[4]
GNIS feature ID1333380[5]

Corpus Christi (/ˌkɔːrpəs ˈkrɪsti/; Ecclesiastical Latin: "Body of Christ") is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas and the county seat and largest city of Nueces County,[6] it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio Counties. It is 130 miles southeast of San Antonio. Its political boundaries encompass Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay. Its zoned boundaries include small land parcels or water inlets of three neighboring counties.

The city's population was estimated to be 326,586 in 2019, making it the eighth-most populous city in Texas. The Corpus Christi metropolitan area had an estimated population of 442,600.[1] It is also the hub of the six-county Corpus Christi-Kingsville Combined Statistical Area, with a 2013 estimated population of 516,793. The Port of Corpus Christi is the fifth-largest in the United States. The region is served by the Corpus Christi International Airport.

The city's name means body of Christ in Ecclesiastical Latin, in reference to the Christian sacrament of Holy Communion. The name was given to the settlement and surrounding bay by Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519, as he discovered the lush semitropical bay on the Western Christian feast day of Corpus Christi.[citation needed] The nickname of the city is "Sparkling City by the Sea", particularly featured in tourist literature.[7]

  1. ^ a b "US Census change list". 2009-01-07. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference USCensusEst2019 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "How Many of These Texas City Nicknames Do You Know?". Texas Standard. Retrieved 2017-03-28.