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  • Corpus Christi is the 8th largest city in Texas with an estimated population of 316,381.
  • Corpus Christi covers 452.2 square miles, of which 124.3 are land and 327.9 are water.
  • The average high temperature in July and August is 93 degrees.
  • The average high temperature in January is 65 degrees.
  • Approximately 8 million people visit the Corpus Christi MSA every year.
  • About 74 percent of area visitors are from Texas.
  • Tourism generates an annual economic impact of $1 billion for the Corpus Christi region.
  • In 2003 - 2011, nine consecutive years, Corpus Christi was declared the “Birdiest City” in the nation with more individual species counted than any other city.
  • The Corpus Christi area has over 113 miles of Gulf Coast beaches; visitors to Corpus Christi have access to nearly 70 miles of beachfront on Padre and Mustang islands.
  • More than one of every 10 non-agricultural jobs in the Corpus Christi MSA is related to the travel and tourism industry.
  • According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Port of Corpus Christi is the 5th largest port in the United States by tonnage shipped.
  • During the Civil War, the Centennial House on North Broadway became a confederate hospital.
  • While encamped during the fight for Texas’ Independence, General Zachary Taylor’s soldiers dug an artesian sulphur well at the site of what is now Artesian Park.
  • At the turn of the century, Water Street (one block west of Shoreline Boulevard) was at the water’s edge; hence the name.
  • The eight Miradores Del Mar (Spanish for “overlooks by the sea”) bayfront gazebos are copied from similar structures in Morocco, Mexico and Spain.
  • The Miradores Del Mar gazebos are free-standing and add no weight to the seawall.
  • Corpus Christi’s biggest recorded snowfall was 5 inches on January 29, 1897.
  • The area’s major industries are (1) petrochemical, (2) military and (3) tourism.
  • Former President George Bush, Sr. received his Naval Aviators wings at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
  • Senator John McCain went through flight training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
  • Sailing champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Paul Foerster is from Corpus Christi.
  • Padre Island, the largest Barrier Island in the nation, is only 25 minutes from downtown Corpus Christi
  • The King Ranch is one of the largest and oldest working cattle and horse ranches in the world. The ranch has ranch history, wildlife and agriculture tours.
  • The King Ranch is 825,000 acres - larger than Rhode Island - and has over 2,000 miles of fencing.
  • Corpus Christi hosts the U.S. Open Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Regatta.
  • Corpus Christi is home to the official state aquarium of Texas.
  • A portion of the movie Pearl Harbor, starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Alec Baldwin, was filmed on the USS Lexington.
  • Country music star Barbara Mandrell lived in Corpus Christi during part of her childhood.
  • Corpus Christi is home to late Tejano singing star and legend, Selena Quintanilla Perez.
  • Actress Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi and graduated from W.B. Ray High School.
  • The NASCAR Champions Terry and Bobby Labonte are from Corpus Christi.
  • Actor Lou Diamond Phillips graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi.
  • Grammy Award winning singer Freddy Fender called Corpus Christi home.
  • Actors Dabney Coleman and Pepe Serna are from Corpus Christi.
  • Before writing the novel Old Yeller, Fred Gibson was a journalist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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