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The stunning coastal community offers sweeping views of Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The city has been ranked #7 on Livability’s 10 Best Places for a Staycation and is known for its clean waters and beautiful beaches.
Corpus Christi is nearly twice the size of Chicago with a total of 460 square miles. The city is comprised of one-third land and two-thirds water.
The city lies 215 miles from Austin, 150 miles from Laredo and 180 miles from South Padre Island.
Corpus Christi experiences very hot summers, with humidity and temperature levels reaching into the mid-90s. Winters are pleasantly mild with average temperatures hovering around the mid-60s. The city receives 29 inches of rain annually.
The city’s beaches are its finest assets, offering an ideal place for surfing, sunbathing, swimming, kiteboarding, sailing, kayaking, or just enjoying some quality rest and relaxation in the sun. Corpus Christi is also known for its exciting restaurant scene, offering a wide variety of BBQ, seafood, tasty entrees and trendy food trucks.
The heat and humidity during the summer months can be a bit uncomfortable.
Generally speaking, living in Corpus Christi tends to cost less than living in Houston or San Antonio.
A three-course meal for two at a mid-range Corpus Christ restaurant costs $40, on average.
Basic utilities for a 915-square-foot apartment cost around $141.24 monthly, which is below the national average.
The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority ensures local bus service, with monthly passes costing $30. Uber and Lyft offer ride-sharing services, which are complemented by 24-hour taxi services, as well. The traffic in the city can get quite congested, with the city’s Staples Street having been ranked the third-busiest in the state. Nevertheless, the city was still named the third-best city to drive in by WalletHub.
The average rent for an apartment in Corpus Christi is $1,159 per month.
The average apartment size in Corpus Christi is 854 sq. ft.
Rent for a studio apartment in Corpus Christi ranges between $800 and $1,050 per month.
Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Corpus Christi ranges between $675 and $1,950 per month.
Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Corpus Christi ranges between $840 and $2,800 per month.
Rent for a 3-bedroom apartment in Corpus Christi ranges between $1,250 and $2,750 per month.
The city’s unemployment rate is comparable to that of the state of Texas, but a bit higher than San Antonio and Houston.
The Naval Air Station and the Port of Corpus Christi are two of the city’s largest employers, the latter being the fifth-largest port in the country, handling mainly oil and agricultural products. Besides the oil and petrochemical industry, the tourism sector is another large employer. The city was ranked #3 for Hispanic entrepreneurs, according to WalletHub.
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Texas A&M Corpus Christi is the biggest college in the city, and is known for its excellent lab for marine life and environmental sciences, which have been ranked #1 by Best College Review on its list of 50 Best Colleges by the Sea. Del Mar Community College is another prominent higher educational facility in the city, boasting associate degrees in more than 80 fields and having 14 programs listed as exemplary by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Bayfront in the city’s downtown core is known as the SEA District and highlights the best that sports, entertainment and the arts have to offer. The area is dotted by high-end restaurants, bars, shops and walkways along the waterfront.
The closest major league sports teams are in nearby San Antonio and Houston. However, the city has its fair share of minor league sports teams, including the Corpus Christi Hooks (the Texas League Champions of 2006) baseball team, as well as the Corpus Christi IceRays, a North American Hockey League team playing out of the American Bank Center.
The Trust for Public Land ranked the city #1 for parks. Mustang Island State Park is an ideal getaway destination that friends, couples and families can enjoy. Specifically, camping on the beach; watching turtles, dolphins and birds; and going horseback riding are all possible here.
The Texas State Aquarium offers a glimpse into marine life, Hurricane Alley Waterpark is a fantastic place for a fun day, and the Red Dragon Pirate Cruise also promises ample entertainment options.
If you’re ready to call Corpus Christi your home, make sure you familiarize yourself with some local tenant laws first. Texas doesn’t have any strict rental control laws, so once your lease is up, your landlord is legally able to increase rent as much as they wish. If this is the case, they need to give notice — as in the case of moving out, which is generally 30 days’ time. Also, if the landlord doesn’t ensure repairs during your tenancy, you cannot legally withhold rent because your landlord will have the right to evict you.