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Texas is divided into two hundred and fifty-four counties, more than any other state. Texas was originally divided into municipalities, a unit of local government under Spanish and Mexican rule. When the Republic of Texas gained its independence in 1836, there were 23 municipalities, which became the original Texas counties. Many of these would later be divided into new counties. The most recent county to be created was Kenedy County in 1921. The most recent county to be organized was Loving County in 1931

Nueces County, Texas

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Nueces County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 340,223. The county seat is Corpus Christi. The county was formed in 1846 from portions of San Patricio County and organized the following year. It is named for the Nueces River, which flows through the county.

Nueces County is part of the Corpus Christi, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Nueces County Name

the Nueces River; Nueces is Spanish for nuts (early explorers noted numerous pecan trees along its banks)


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Nueces County History

Nueces County is a county located in the US state of Texas. The county seat is Corpus Christi and it is part of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nueces County is named for the Nueces River, which flows through the county.

Handbook of Texas Online
Nueces County, including the entire area south of Bexar County west to the Rio Grande and east to the Gulf of Mexico, was formed from San Patricio County in 1846 and organized the same year. Corpus Christi, which was incorporated in 1846, became the county seat. The population of the county, however, remained small. Although large numbers of fortune-seekers passed through Corpus Christi to join wagon trains heading west during the California gold rush of 1849, few settlers put down roots. Continuous Indian attacks and the relative isolation of the region kept away most would-be settlers. The first census of the county in 1850 showed a population of 689. Between 1850 and 1861 the Nueces County area was further divided to form several new counties. More at
Christopher Long, "NUECES COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcn05), accessed January 24, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,166 square miles (3,021 km2), of which, 836 square miles (2,165 km2) of it is land and 331 square miles (856 km2) of it (28.34%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • San Patricio County (north)
  • Gulf of Mexico (east)
  • Kleberg County (south)
  • Jim Wells County (west)


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