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Nueces County
The Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi
The Nueces County Courthouse in Corpus Christi
Official seal of Nueces County
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Map of Texas highlighting Nueces County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded 1847
Named for Nueces River
Seat Corpus Christi
Largest city Corpus Christi
Area
 • Total 1,166 sq mi (3,020 km2)
 • Land 838 sq mi (2,170 km2)
 • Water 327 sq mi (850 km2)  28%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 353,178
 • Density 302.90/sq mi (116.95/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 27th

Nueces County is located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 353,178, making it the 16th-most populous county in the state. The county seat is Corpus Christi. The county was formed in 1846 from portions of San Patricio County and organized the following year. It is named for the Nueces River, which marks the county's northwestern boundary with San Patricio County before emptying into its mouth at Nueces Bay north of the port of Corpus Christi. Nueces County is part of the Corpus Christi metropolitan statistical area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,166 square miles (3,020 km2), of which 838 square miles (2,170 km2) is land and 327 square miles (850 km2) (28%) is water. It borders the Gulf of Mexico.

Major highways

  • I-37.svg Interstate 37
  • I-69E.svg Interstate 69E (Under construction)
  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • US 181.svg U.S. Highway 181
  • Texas 35.svg State Highway 35
  • Texas 44.svg State Highway 44
  • Texas 286.svg State Highway 286
  • Texas 357.svg State Highway 357
  • Texas FM 43.svg Farm to Market Road 43
  • Texas FM 70.svg Farm to Market Road 70
  • Texas FM 624.svg Farm to Market Road 624
  • Texas FM 665.svg Farm to Market Road 665
  • Texas FM 666.svg Farm to Market Road 666

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 698
1860 2,906 316.3%
1870 3,975 36.8%
1880 7,673 93.0%
1890 8,093 5.5%
1900 10,439 29.0%
1910 21,955 110.3%
1920 22,807 3.9%
1930 51,779 127.0%
1940 92,661 79.0%
1950 165,471 78.6%
1960 221,573 33.9%
1970 237,544 7.2%
1980 268,215 12.9%
1990 291,145 8.5%
2000 313,645 7.7%
2010 340,223 8.5%
2020 353,178 3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010 2020

2020 census

Nueces County, Texas - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 111,870 106,165 32.88% 30.06%
Black or African American alone (NH) 12,178 12,651 3.58% 3.58%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 882 907 0.26% 0.26%
Asian alone (NH) 5,495 7,712 1.62% 2.18%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 209 281 0.06% 0.08%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 399 1,264 0.12% 0.36%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 2,897 7,146 0.85% 2.02%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 206,293 217,052 60.63% 61.46%
Total 340,223 353,178 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

Communities

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Education

School districts:

  • Agua Dulce Independent School District
  • Aransas Pass Independent School District
  • Banquete Independent School District
  • Bishop Consolidated Independent School District
  • Calallen Independent School District
  • Driscoll Independent School District
  • Flour Bluff Independent School District
  • London Independent School District
  • Port Aransas Independent School District
  • Robstown Independent School District
  • Tuloso-Midway Independent School District
  • West Oso Independent School District

Del Mar College is the designated community college for all of Nueces County.

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