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Nueces County, Texas
Seal of Nueces County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1847
Seat Corpus Christi
Largest City Corpus Christi
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,166 sq mi (3,020 km²)
838 sq mi (2,170 km²)
327 sq mi (847 km²), 28%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

340,223
406/sq mi (157/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.nueces.tx.us
Named for: Nueces River

Nueces County (/njˈss/ new-AY-siss) is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 340,223. 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 flows through the county.

Nueces County is part of the Corpus Christi, TX 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%
Est. 2015 359,715 5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 313,645 people, 110,365 households, and 79,683 families residing in the county. The population density was 375 people per square mile (145/km²). There were 123,041 housing units at an average density of 147 per square mile (57/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 72.03% White, 4.24% Black or African American, 0.64% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 18.74% from other races, and 3.13% from two or more races. 55.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 110,365 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 15.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 22.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 10.50% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 11.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,959, and the median income for a family was $41,066. Males had a median income of $31,571 versus $22,324 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,036. About 14.70% of families and 18.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.00% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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