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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas has won several awards as a city. It was selected as an all-American City in 2003 and routinely surfaces as a best place to live. Located near the southern tip of Texas, it has a warm climate and an extensive waterfront. Its  popular beaches are just one reason why people move here. Corpus Christi, with a population of almost 280,000, is large, but not so big that it is overwhelming. The city bills itself as "The Sparkling City by the Sea,” or simply “Corpus”. The name derives from the Spanish, “body of Christ”, a reference to the Eucharist.

There are many local attractions, particularly concerning the waterfront, boating, beaches, and fishing. Golf is popular here. The downtown area has a museum district, skyscrapers, lots of interesting shops, plus marinas along the interesting waterfront.

Where to Retire in Corpus Christi and Home Prices

A number of older restored houses can be found Heritage Park. Active adults in retirement will find every kind of housing choice – from dedicated retirement communities to all types of housing in the city’s neighborhoods. From apartments to condos to houses, the area offers very good value and is a reason why Corpus Christi is one of the fastest growing metros in the U.S. The price of a home here is considerably less than the national average. The National Association of Realtors reported that the media selling price of a home in Corpus Christi in the 3rd quarter of 2022 was $281,000.

What Is Special about Corpus Christi

All-America City 2003. 2006 Top Ten Digital Cities Award. South Texas Museum of Art. Padre Island National Seashore. Mustang Island. Hans A. Suter Wildlife Area (great bird watching). Municipal wireless broadband network. Corpus Christi Museum of Art and Museum of Art Laguna Gloria.

What Is Not Special about Corpus Christi

Hot, humid summers. Large crowds of college students on spring break.

Climate and Physical Environment

Corpus Christi is located on a bay in what is usually called South Texas. It is somewhat protected from major storms by 30 mile long barrier island, Mustang Island. Corpus Christi has a warm semiarid climate, reaching average highs in summer months in the mid 90's. The average low in January is 46 degrees. The Corpus Christi has very high average wind speeds, making it ideal for wind-related activities.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Some of the most visited attractions include the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington Museum. In Corpus Christi's museum district are the Museum of Asian Cultures, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the South Texas Museum of Art, and the Harbor Playhouse theatre. The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is here. There are several colleges and universities in Corpus Christ, including Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.


The crime rate in Corpus Christi is above the U.S. average.

Medical Facilities

As is befitting a progressive city there are many large hospitals here, including the Corpus Christi Medical Center.


The Corpus Christi International Airport is on the west side of the city.

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