Corpus Christi is a coastal city that can bring sunshine and warmth to your retirement years.
The community of Corpus Christi has a total population estimate of 324,074 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. This is an increase over the 2010 Census of 6.2 percent. As the city continues to grow, the senior population age 65 and over, now makes up 11.9 percent of that total. More veterans are making their homes in Corpus Christi with as many as 25,059 in the city.
As for diversification, a large percentage of the population identify as White (80.9 percent) followed by Hispanic and Latino (59.7 percent), Black and African American (4.3 percent), two or more races (2.5 percent), Asian (1.8 percent), and American Indian or Alaska Native (0.6 percent).
As many as 38.6 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home and 8.1 percent of the population was born outside of the country.
Although you may see a higher rainfall percentage during hurricane season, for the most part, Corpus Christi remains calm and warm throughout the year. The average temperature is 72 degrees with an average annual high temperature of 81.5 degrees and an average annual low temperature of 62.8 degrees.
The winter months average nighttime lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s. The summer months are hot with highs averaging in the mid-90s. The average annual rainfall is 31.7 inches.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1st through November 30th and may bring hurricanes closer to Corpus Christi. Winds during the storm can exceed 74 miles per hour and hurricanes labeled as Category Five can have winds that exceed 156 miles per hour causing catastrophic damage to buildings, homes, and bridges.
During a hurricane watch or warning, stay tuned to local news stations to wait for instructions. You may want to keep an emergency kit in your car and another one in your home.
Out of the 10 plant life regions in Texas, Corpus Christi is located in the Gulf Prairies and Marshes area. This area covers 10 million acres and is teeming with principal grasses like big and little bluestem, seacoast bluestem, Indian grass, eastern gamagrass, Texas winter grassa, switchgrass, gulf cordgrass, and saltgrass. You can also find oaks and elms in the area as well as other plants such as oak underbrush, Macartney rose, huisache, mesquite, prickly pear, ragweed, bitter sneezeweed, and broomweed.
Texas is also home to 540 species of birds, so you will want to purchase a guidebook right away to use in identifying the species in town. The state also houses approximately 142 species of animals, including armadillos, wolves, coyotes, bison, bats, black bears, chipmunks, deer, foxes, gophers, moles, muskrats, opossums, otters, prairie dogs, sheep, skunks, alligators, and tarantulas. Keep your eye out while hiking as Texas is also home to several poisonous snakes including three kinds of copperheads and 11 types of rattlesnakes.
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