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The 2000 Census showed that Nueces County had a population of 313,645 people. This represented 1.5% of the total population of Texas, making it the state's 12th most populous county (out of 254 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Nueces had a population of 323,046 people. This is an increase of 3% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010340,223+8.47%+5.32% since 2009
2009323,046+3%+0.85% since 2008
2008320,319+2.13%+0.44% since 2007
2006319,029+1.72%+0.57% since 2005
2005317,218+1.14%+0.6% since 2004
2004315,324+0.54%+0.76% since 2003
2002312,891-0.24%+0.36% since 2001
2001311,783-0.59%-0.59% since 2000
2000313,645The Last Census

Nueces County had 123,041 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Nueces County has a total area<3> of 1,166 square miles [3,021 km²]. Of this total, 835 square miles [2,164 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (28.34%) being water (330.6 square miles [856 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Nueces County had a population density of 375.3 people per square mile [144.9 people/km²], making it the state's 12th most densely populated county (out of 254 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Nueces County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Nueces and the state of Texas.

Click here for the Nueces County QuickFact (QF-48355).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Nueces County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Nueces County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Jim WellsQF-48249   W41,00139,3264.26%
KlebergQF-48273   SW30,64731,549-2.86%
San PatricioQF-48409   N68,22367,1381.62%

The Gulf of Mexico lies to the east.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Nueces. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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