Nueces County, Texas

Nueces County: County in Texas, United States


Nueces County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 340,223 and a population density of 113 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 363,148 inhabitants. Its county seat is Corpus Christi. The county was created 176 years ago in 1846.

Nueces County sits along the Gulf Coast in southern Texas. The county seat is Corpus Christi, the 8th largest city in the state. With a population over 360,000, Nueces County is an important hub for industry and recreation.

History of Nueces County

Nueces County was established in 1846 following Texas statehood. Corpus Christi was founded that same year as a trading post and became a major port by the late 1800s.

The county's history is tied to the Texas oil boom and thriving maritime industry. The 1919 Hurricane and Category 4 Hurricane Celia in 1970 were major storms.

Economy and Industry in Nueces County

Key industries in Nueces County include:

  • Oil and gas production and refining
  • The massive Port of Corpus Christi, including shipyards and petrochemical plants
  • Tourism drawn to beaches and attractions
  • Military via Naval Air Station Corpus Christi
  • Major employers like Driscoll’s Children Hospital and HEB grocery

Nueces County produces over 77 million barrels of oil per year and contains key shipping lanes and ports making it a commerce hub.

Attractions and Things to Do in Nueces County

Top attractions in Nueces County include:

  • Padre Island National Seashore offering beaches, dunes, camping and wildlife
  • The Texas State Aquarium with marine life exhibits and shows
  • USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum docked in Corpus Christi Bay
  • Mustang Island and North Beach for swimming, fishing, and summer fun
  • Downtown Corpus Christi with museums, performing arts, and shopping

With its coastal location and ties to maritime trade, Nueces County provides a classic south Texas experience focused on beaches, commerce, and nautical adventure.

Nueces County locator map
Location of Nueces County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Nueces County

Population : 363,148 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Area : 3021 km2
Water as percent of area : 28%
Land as percent of area : 72%
Named for : Nueces River
Altitude : 66 feet / 20 meters
Capital : Corpus Christi
Establishment : January 01, 1847
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 05:34:26 (4th October 2023)
Density : 120 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 6.31% (2010-2020)
Weather : 92℉ Chance Showers And Thunderstorms then Showers And Thunderstorms 7-days weather
Nueces county courthouse image
Nueces county courthouse
Nueces county courthouse image


Nueces County is located at 27°44'6"N 97°30'59"W (27.7350600, -97.5163200). It has 4 neighbors: Aransas County, Jim Wells County, Kleberg County and San Patricio County.

Nueces County map

The largest city of Nueces County is Corpus Christi with a population of 327,248. Other cities include, Robstown population 11,133, Port Aransas population 4,409, Bishop population 3,043 and Agua Dulce population 798. See all Nueces County cities & populated places.

Nueces County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Nueces County.

City Name Population Title
Corpus Christi 327,248 The second most populous city in Texas and the center of the Corpus Christi metropolitan area.
Robstown 11,133 City in Nueces County, Texas, United States
Port Aransas 4,409 City in Texas, United States
Bishop 3,043 City in Nueces County, Texas, United States
Agua Dulce 798 Human settlement in Nueces County, Texas, United States of America
Driscoll 740 City in Nueces County, Texas, United States
Petronila 112 City in Texas, United States


Nueces County forecast: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. East southeast wind 7 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. more

Nueces County has 4 neighbours.

  • Corpus Christi


The population of Nueces County increased by 6.31% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 340,223 - census
2011 343,263 0.89% estimation process
2012 347,939 1.34% estimation process
2013 352,946 1.42% estimation process
2014 356,657 1.04% estimation process
2015 360,504 1.07% estimation process
2016 361,642 0.31% estimation process
2017 361,235 -0.11% estimation process
2018 362,026 0.22% estimation process
2019 362,294 0.07% estimation process
2020 363,148 0.24% estimation process

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People born in Nueces County (6)

People born in Nueces County, including Texas politician Buddy Garcia, football player Cecil Pryor, Texas politician Raul Torres, .


  • Charlie Dell (actor) he was born in 31/10/1943
  • Bessie Dwyer (American librarian) she was born in 01/01/1866
  • Gigi Bannister (actress) she was born in 18/02/1960

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