The tourist literature promoting the local features of Corpus Christi, the eighth largest city in Texas refers to Corpus Christi as "The Sparkling City by the Sea." The census breakdown for the city illustrates the diversity offered by Corpus Christi. Sex divisions in the city show that there are 95.6 males per one hundred females. Some fifty percent of the citizens are married couples with approximately fifteen percent of the overall population being single mothers. This Corpus Christi sex breakdown and the age diversity numbers which reveal that a little more than a quarter of the population are under age eighteen and only eleven percent are sixty-five or older, further speaks to the youthful character of Corpus Christi.
The city's location on the Gulf of Mexico makes its beaches one of the most popular local attractions. A Corpus Christi date often means a stroll in the sand as the moonlight plays on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The city is also home to the Texas State Aquarium, the U.S.S. Lexington museum, as well as the Museums of Asian Culture, Science and History, and the South Texas Museum of Art. If none of these venues appeal for a Corpus Christi date, the downtown area is home to various shops, theaters, and restaurants and boat rentals and tours are available at the marina.
The proximity of Corpus Christi to Padre Island, one of the most popular spots in Texas for the college-age Spring Break crowd, means the same trio of Spring Break vices fall to Corpus Christi - sex, sand, and suds (of the boozy variety) - as are experienced by its Padre Island neighbor. During Spring Break on Padre Island and in Corpus Christi sex and drinking are on the minds of the young visitors and more than a few young people will have an opportunity to meet the local law enforcement officials as a result of the ensuing escapades in which they engage.
Although it hardly seems in character for Corpus Christi - sex, drugs, and rock and roll - or at least the modern-day version of that Sixties Era mantra, rules the beaches each year during Spring Break, often to the dismay of the more conservative locals. This does not mean, however, that the locals are not somewhat accustomed to life in a college town.
Corpus Christi is home to an extension campus of Texas A&M University and to the private, Catholic, Our Lady of Corpus Christi. There are also numerous vocational institutions in the area and a local community college, Del Mar, which opened in the 1940s. (The presence of these campuses provides an opportunity for local young people to seek an education at home when going away to college might prove too expensive since the city has a history of periods of economic depression.)
With the presence of its own local institutions of higher learning, the draw of the beaches and the proximity of Padre Island for the Spring Break set, and a demographic breakdown leaning toward the youthful and single, Corpus Christi has a well-deserved reputation as a youthful, energetic city. Located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and enjoying a semi-tropical climate year round, the town truly is, "The Sparkling City by the Sea."