Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County also extends into the Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The metropolitan area population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census making it the eighth-largest city in the state. It is the principal city of the tri-county Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area, as well as the larger Corpus Christi-Kingsville Combined Statistical Area.
The translation from Latin of the city’s name is Body of Christ, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. The city has been nicknamed the ‘Sparkling City by the Sea’, particularly in literature promoting tourism. The city is home to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Port of Corpus Christi, the 5th largest port in the nation and is served by the Corpus Christi International Airport.