Corpus Christi


2010: 305,215, #60 in U.S., #8 in Texas

1950: 108,287, #98 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 428,185, #114 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 165,471, #107 in U.S.


Corpus Christi, a major port on Corpus Christi Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, was founded as a trading post in 1839 and incorporated in 1852. Today, there are beaches, parks, and a marina along the downtown waterfront.


Tallest building: One Shoreline Plaza, 411 feet (1988)

List of tallest buildings


Corpus Christi has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak has no service to Corpus Christi.


The Art Museum of South Texas, the Museum of Science and History, the Texas Surf Museum, the Texas State Aquarium, and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay are all near downtown.

Corpus Christi Bay and Skyline
(Photo by Terry Ross)


Downtown Corpus Christi has no movie theaters. The Performing Arts Center (2005) at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, southeast of downtown, hosts the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and a variety of other concerts.

The Selena Auditorium (1979) at the American Bank Center hosts concerts and touring Broadway shows. The Harbor Playhouse is also in the downtown area.


The Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Houston Astros, play at Whataburger Field (2005). 

Map of Downtown Corpus Christi

Convention and Visitors Bureau