The County

It is said that with strength comes diversity. It is, therefore, little surprise that Texas, the United States and the rest of the world are recognizing the great diversity and strength of San Patricio County, Texas.

Founded by Irish immigrants in 1836, San Patricio County has long been a desirable destination for entrepreneurs and forward thinking individuals. One of the most cultured and historical communities in the United States, San Patricio County also happens to be located near the geographic center of North America, in South Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

Our industries include an energy sector that impacts world markets, agriculture that feeds and clothes millions of people and maritime industries that keep the country’ s fifth busiest port running smoothly and efficiently.

For almost two hundred years, San Patricio County has thrived based on its crossroads location in the Central Eastern United States near Mexico connecting it to the rest of the world via the Port of Corpus Christi. Now, we can claim that our area has the potential to be drought-proof.

The county has strengthened foreign trade relations with Central America and Asia especially so in the last ten years. Ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal means larger, higher-volume maritime traffic between the eastern U.S., the Gulf Coast and Asian ports like Tianjin, China, the world’s fourth busiest, with which the Port of Corpus Christi has entered into a trade agreement.

Alongside historic milestones of industrial growth, San Patricio County is best known for its beautiful bays and natural attractions. The warm, subtropical climate offers one of the friendliest environments in Texas for boating, fishing, beaching, kayaking and camping. While the area remains a hot spot for commercial and industrial development, it is balanced with an abundance of recreational coastal activities that draw visitors to the area year after year.

Located in deep south Texas, the country’s second largest state both geographically (to Alaska) and in population (to California). San Patricio County is part of the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Area, home to about 420,000 permanent residents and tens of thousands more seasonal residents and visitors. San Patricio County is roughly equidistant to McAllen and Laredo on the Mexican border, as well as to San Antonio and Austin, the top two fastest growing economies in the United States. Energy and healthcare powerhouse, Houston, is just three hours up the coast and is headquarters for several of San Patricio County’s industrial employers. Within an hour of any spot in San Patricio are beautiful, gulf beaches, a large freshwater lake, bays and estuaries that offer world class game fishing, some of the best hunting grounds in Texas. Two community colleges (Del Mar College and Kaplan College) and two universities (Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University Kingsville) are but a short distance from the County’s end. Just a causeway away in our neighboring community directly to the South are a newly expanded shopping mall (The Shops at La Palmera), world recognized waterparks, museums, a state recognized aquarium, an AA professional baseball team and major event and concert venues. What is keeping you from relocating?

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Portland, Texas 78374
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