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Renter's Guide to Corpus Christi
You’ll love the fresh air in Corpus Christi, Texas!
This coastal city is a gorgeous community, with picturesque views out into Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Looking for a clean city with clean water and beautiful beaches? Call Corpus Christi your home and you can enjoy both year-round!
Why go anywhere else? Livability ranked Corpus Christi #7 on their 10 Best Places for a Staycation.
At 460 square-miles, Corpus Christi, TX is almost twice the size of Chicago – although about 1/3 of the city is land, while the other 2/3 is water. It's 215 miles from Austin, if you want to get “weird” for the weekend, 180 miles from South Padre Island, and 150 miles from Laredo, TX.
The city's weather can get very hot during the summer, with high humidity and temperatures reaching into the mid-90’s. Average winter temperatures are in the mid-60's, making the colder months pleasantly mild. The city also receives around 29 inches of rain per year.
Corpus Christi, TX Demographics
- Total Population322,726
Female 159,187Male 163,539
- Median Age34.9
Cost of Living in Corpus Christi, TX
For the most part, the cost of living in Corpus Christi is a little lower than in Houston and San Antonio. Dinner for two costs around $60 at a mid-range restaurant, while a domestic beer to go with your meal will be about $3.50.
Basic utility services for a 915 square foot apartment in Corpus Christi cost an average of $305/month, which is more than twice the national average.
Bus service in Corpus Christi is provided by the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, with monthly passes starting at $30. Ride sharing is also available via Uber or Lyft, and a 24-hour taxi service is very easy to come by.
Corpus Christi traffic can get fairly congested – Staples Street, on the south side of the city, is considered the third busiest in the state. But don't worry, WalletHub still ranked Corpus Christi the #3 Best City to Drive In.
Average Rent in Corpus Christi, TX
- Corpus Christi, TX Average Rental Price, September 2019 $988 /mo
Corpus Christi, TX Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0002%
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Living in Corpus Christi, TX
You'll never be at a loss for things to do in Corpus Christi.
For starters, you have the beaches, which are perfect for surfing, laying out in the sun, or swimming on those hot summer days. Kiteboarding, sailing, and kayaking are just a few of the other things you can do along the coast. And there's also plenty of space to plant your beach chair and just enjoy the afternoon.
Of course, all that sun and surf is sure to work up an appetite. Whether you want BBQ, seafood, or tasty entrees off the trendiest food trucks, you'll find it all here. And the city’s diversity means you get to experience exciting flavors and new cuisines.
But living in Corpus Christi does have its downsides. In spite of the plentiful outdoor activities, Corpus Christi was ranked as the fattest city in the US by Men’s Health. Obesity was ranked 2nd highest in the country and diabetes was ranked 3rd highest. And then there's the summer heat and humidity, which can get a little uncomfortable.
Things to do in Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is #1 among Texas cities for parks, according to The Trust for Public Land.
Speaking of, Mustang Island State Park is the perfect getaway for friends, couples, or the family. You'll be able to camp on the beach and enjoy a campfire, all while watching for turtles, dolphins, and birds. You can even go horseback riding along the waters edge.
Take a stroll along the Bayfront in downtown Corpus Christi and see what the city truly has to offer. Known as the SEA District, this area highlights the best in sports, entertainment, and arts. There's fine dining at high-end restaurants, along with bars, shops, and plenty of areas to walk along the waterfront, while taking in the evening and the sound of crashing waves.
The closest major league teams are in Houston and San Antonio, but Corpus Christi is home to its own minor league baseball team, the Corpus Christi Hooks – 2006 Texas League Champions! The Corpus Christi IceRays are a North American Hockey League team playing out of the American Bank Center.
Or you can spend the day exploring the marine life at the Texas State Aquarium, splashing the day away at the Hurricane Alley Waterpark, or practicing your pirate-speak aboard a Red Dragon Pirate Cruise. You’ll love every second here!
Employment and Economy
The unemployment rate in Corpus Christi is comparable to the state of Texas as a whole – but a little bit higher than Houston and San Antonio.
The biggest employer is the Naval Air Station and the Port of Corpus Christi, which is the fifth-largest port in the US and handles mostly oil and agricultural products. Oil and petrochemicals are one of the city's biggest industries, along with tourism.
According to WalletHub, Corpus Christi is also ranked #3 for Hispanic entrepreneurs.
Corpus Christi, TX Households
- Total Number of Households116,682
Family 78,791Non-family 37,891
Children 40,643No Children 76,039
- Average People Per Household2.7
- Median Household Income$53,626
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$951
Education in Corpus Christi
The biggest college here is Texas A&M Corpus Christi, although it’s not the main campus. They're known for maintaining an excellent lab for marine and environmental sciences and were ranked #1 by Best College Review on their 50 Best Colleges by the Sea.
Del Mar Community College offers Associate Degrees in over 80 fields and had 14 programs listed as exemplary by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Corpus Christi, TX Education Statistics
- No High School7%
- Some High School39%
- Some College27%
- Associate Degree7%
- Bachelor Degree13%
- Graduate Degree7%
Tips for Renting in Corpus Christi
Ready to call the beautiful city of Corpus Christi your home? We bet you are! But first, let's take a minute to make you aware of some of the local tenant laws.
Once the lease period ends, your landlord is legally able to increase rent as much as they see fit – Texas doesn't have rent control laws. If they plan on raising the rent though, they must give you the same amount of notice as you'd have to give if you were moving out, generally 30 days.
If the landlord fails to make needed repairs during your time there, you can't withhold rent like in some places. If you do, this would give the landlord the right to evict you.
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