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Map of Nueces County
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Physical Features: Southern Gulf Coast county; flat, rich soils, broken by bays, Nueces River, Petronila Creek; includes Mustang Island, northern tip of Padre Island.

Economy: Petroleum processing, deepwater port facility, agriculture, tourism.

locator map for Nueces County

History: Coahuiltecan, Karankawa, and other tribes who succumbed to disease or fled by the 1840s. Spanish settlers arrived in the 1760s. Settlers from Ireland arrived around 1830. County name is Spanish for nuts; county named for river; created and organized in 1846 out of San Patricio County.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 28.7; Black, 4.3; Hispanic, 64.5; Asian, 2.2; Other, 1.0; Two or more races, 1.6.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 5,054; deaths, 2,937; marriages, 2,436; divorces, 657.

Recreation: Major resort area; beaches, fishing, water sports, birding; Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island State Park, Lipantitlan State Historic Site; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History; Texas State Aquarium; Museum of Asian Cultures; professional baseball, hockey; greyhound race track.

Minerals: Oil, gas, sand, gravel.

Agriculture: Grain sorghum (first in acreage), cotton, cattle, wheat, hay, nurseries/turfgrass. Market value $161 million.

CORPUS CHRISTI (326,162) county seat; seaport, naval air station, varied manufacturing, petroleum processing, tourism; hospitals; museums; Army depot; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College; USS Lexington museum, Harbor Lights; Buccaneer Days in late April.

Port Aransas (4,159) deepwater port, tourism, marine research, Coast Guard base, fishing industry; University of Texas Marine Science Institute; museum, beach; Celebration of Whooping Cranes in February; Texas Sand Fest in April.

Robstown (11,207) agriculture, transportation, tourism, petroleum processing; regional fairgrounds; Cottonfest in October, Fiesta Mexicana in March.

Other towns include: Agua Dulce (833); Banquete (787); Bishop (3,134) petrochemicals, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, plastics, nature trail, Old Tyme Faire in April; Chapman Ranch (200); Driscoll (749); La Paloma-Lost Creek (500); North San Pedro (854); Petronila (112); Rancho Banquete (387); Sandy Hollow-Escondidas (261); Spring Gardens (346); Tierra Grande (429), and Tierra Verde (304).

Annaville, Calallen, and Flour Bluff are now part of Corpus Christi.

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Palm trees in downtown Corpus Christi

Palm trees in downtown Corpus Christi. Photo by Robert Plocheck.