Best Cities 2010: Corpus Christi, TX

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Best Cities 2010: Corpus Christi, TX

With over 133 miles of Gulf Coast beaches, Corpus Christi is a great place for the warm-blooded to reside.

City: Corpus Christi

State: Texas

Best Cities Overall Rank: 48

About Corpus Christi: The Corpus Christi area has over 133 miles of Gulf Coast beaches.

Corpus Christi’s biggest recorded snowfall was 5 inches on January 29, 1897.

Corpus Christi is ranked 87th among our cities for Best Jobs, with short commutes and low unemployment. The area’s major industries are petrochemical, military, and tourism.

County: Nueces

Population: 286,462

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Corpus Christi blogs:

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Corpus Christi‘s Facebook page: Follow Corpus Christi on Facebook

Corpus Christi‘s Twitter page: Follow Corpus Christi on Twitter 


Education rank: 62

High School graduation rate 2008: 77.09%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 4

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.39

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 5

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.75

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.9

Total Expenditures Per Student: $7,938


Health rank: 53

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.35

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 54

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2224

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 776.37

Sex Offenders: 487

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 170


Economy rank: 19

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 18.69      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.4      

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 493.68

Median Home List Price: $159,900                    


Recreation Rank:  79

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1799          

Parkland per 100,000: 628.01