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Retire in Corpus Christi, Texas?

Overview: Located on Texas' Gulf Coast and nicknamed the "Sparkling City by the Sea," Corpus Christi was founded in 1839 as a trading post for Mexican revolutionary soldiers.

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Today, it is a laid back city and has an eclectic population, everyone from surfers and cowboys to military personnel (Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is here). It also has a large Hispanic population (60% of residents), a healthy fishing culture, plenty of great public beaches, a pretty skyline and a nice bayfront. Swimming, beachcombing, waters skiing and wind sailing are all popular activities. When not playing in the water, residents enjoy the Museum of Science and History and the award-winning Heritage Park Cultural Center, each of which has a variety of events and lectures celebrating the city's rich diversity. The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Corpus Christi Ballet also have robust schedules.

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There are eight senior centers, each offering nutritional, educational and recreational programs, and the public library has six branches. Texas A&M has a campus here as well. The iconic Harbor Bridge is undergoing a revamp and when finished will be the tallest point in South Texas and the longest cable stay bridge in the United States.

Population:  325,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:   32%

Cost of Living:  16% below the national average

Median Home Price:  $155,000

Climate:    This area has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short winters. Summer temperatures can reach into the low-100s, and winters temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 28 inches of rain per year. Wind gusts are common.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  Yes and it, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital, is award-winning for excellence in patient safety and more.

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:     Yes

Political Leanings:    Conservative

College Educated:    21%

Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:    The poverty rate is slightly above the national average.

Notes:  The city has grown by 10% in the last decade and has a friendly reputation. Many residents speak Spanish. Some neighborhoods are very nice while others have seen better days.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Texas:

With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state by population in the country. It is estimated that 70% of residents live within 200 miles of Austin, the capital city.

Houston is the largest city, while Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest metropolitan area. Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Texas' largest county - Brewster. The state is larger than all of New York, New England and Ohio combined.

In addition to the Caddo, the historical people of Texas include members of the Native American tribes of Apache, Choctaw, Tonkawa and Hasinai.

When Texas became the 28th state of the United States (1845), it adopted the official flag called the Lone Star Flag. Symbols include the Bluebonnet - the state flower.

Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest. The state has nearly 24,000 farms, 90 mountains a mile or more high and is the nation's leading producer of natural gas, oil, wool, cotton, watermelons and rice. It also has the most airports of any state in the Union and is one of the most business-friendly states. Its culture has a blend of of Southern, Southwestern (Mexican) and Western influences.

Famous natives and residents include Mary Kay Ash, George W. Bush, Tommy Lee Jones and Joan Crawford.

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Stats:

Population - 27,862,596

Persons 65 years old and over - 12%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 82%

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 27%

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 40%

White persons, not Hispanic - 42%

Median household income - $43,470

Median home price - $132,000

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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