About Corpus Christi

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

Corpus Christi: Community Living At Its Best!

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.

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.

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.

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.