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Old 09-02-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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Is Corpus Christi be a good place to practice medicine? What are the hospitals like?
How about raising a family here? With money not being an issue, where are the best neighborhoods? Best schools? Private or public? I have seen quite a few posts talk about crime being a problem here. Is it only in certain areas of the city, or is this something you have to worry about wherever you go in the city?

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Old 09-02-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Somewhere between Corpus and Austin, TX
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Where would you be coming from? What are your other options?
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Is Corpus Christi be a good place to practice medicine? What are the hospitals like?
How about raising a family here? With money not being an issue, where are the best neighborhoods? Best schools? Private or public? I have seen quite a few posts talk about crime being a problem here. Is it only in certain areas of the city, or is this something you have to worry about wherever you go in the city?

Thank you.
I have not needed to use any of the CC hospitals and don't live there so can't tell you about the schools. I did keep my sailboat nearby in Rockport for 3 years and visited CC a lot. We still visit at least once a year. This other thread talks about the best schools. //www.city-data.com/forum/corpu...ng-corpus.html

Corpus is a great place to raise a family, especially if you are into boating and water sports.

This crime map for corpus is updated by the CC Police Dept. https://www.crimereports.com/ It can give you a good idea of which areas have the highest crime. You can use the filter to show only violent crimes so the map is not cluttered with a lot of petty theft and such. Violent crimes are mostly limited to a few bad neighborhoods. The worst areas are near the old downtown area

There is a lot more detailed discussion about crime here //www.city-data.com/forum/corpu...s-christi.html but CC changed its website so links to that crime map data is broken.

I recommend you check out the information here such as flood maps. //www.city-data.com/forum/corpu...fo-thread.html

You can learn more about the demographics of CC here //www.city-data.com/city/Corpus-Christi-Texas.html , it includes links to demographics for each zip code.

Flour Bluff is a good area in Corpus, Portland on the North side of the Bay is also considered a good neighborhood for raising a family. There are a lot of really nice, relatively expensive houses along Ocean Drive SE of downtown.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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There are multiple hospitals, each one slightly different from each. Not knowing what part of the hospital you would work in, I can't answer your question. You probably would want to find people who work in that part, and ask them.
As far as medicine is concerned, Nueces County is underserved, according to the statistics. There is plenty of work, and reimbursement is pretty good. Malpractice reform was crucial in recruiting more physicians to the state, and has decreased premiums.

Yes, I feel safe in most parts of the city, most parts of the day.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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We're surrounded by doctors in our neighborhood, (Driscoll & Spohn Hospitals). Search real estate listings by "Bay Area" (from Del Mar to Lamar Park) all a block or so off of Ocean Drive. Far above sea level and with a breeze not found on the waiting-to-be-submerged South Side. Crime is not a problem beyond stuff not nailed down walking away. The occasional car burglary if parked on street. Not as "bad" as the nicer neighborhood we left in Dallas.

Education? If you've children you need a better city. If you're serious (top prep schools) this is NOT the place. This is majority::minority with the attendant dropout rate. The nice downtown central library is being given to the police. The newly designated "central library" sits on a pad site by the newest Super Walmart. "French fries or Harry Potter, sir?"Need I say more about literacy, here, or in a country that no longer values same? Some places in the US still take pride (and their systems have users), but not here.

As to specialists, we go to Houston or Dallas. The expense is minor compared to the potential problems (of which we're well aware with problems relayed by friends). That said, there are doctors as recommended by doctors to cover the normal problems. I doubt this is much different in the majority of the US.

With the last oil bust in 1982 -- and the consolidation in the oil industry, plus computers, the Net, etc -- the striving upwardly mobile classes (and those attending them) moved away. Thirty years ago this was a different place. CC secretly, shamefully, hopes the next hurricane will hurt Houston just enough that the local refineries and Port will see some investment. Big tax dollars. The Port is the 900-lb gorilla around here. Much is hoped for with the expansion of the Panama Canal (From Ports to Plains).

The "Texas Job Miracle" is mainly minimum-wage jobs (Texas beats only Missisippi for percentage of residents at this level), but the Eagle Ford Shale is producing $$ jobs that haven't been seen here in the past 30-years. This time, though, there are no local businesses benefitting beyond a handful, nor new ones being created of any consequence. The nationals and trans-nationals of that industry are moving in en masse here and to San Antonio (beyond their huge Houston presence). When the thing dies down (two years, four years, who knows?) so will CC return to torpidity with some more production jobs than before (an industry term).

For someone who loves fishing, hunting and can afford a good-sized piece of land, it is still a bit of heaven. The people are very friendly, the area is easy to get around in, and the airport is first rate. It's a frustrating situation because the "basics" of a fine city are here, the long-time residents have worked hard to make it so. But this group is old and getting older and not being replaced. Have a look at the proposed "petroleum coke power plant" [Las Brisas] and it's needs for millions of gallons of water the city will have to pay to import, on top of air quality degradation (and the states highest rate of birth defects) and decide if Corpus Christi is the future you want. A very few areas of town are very nice . . is the rest of it enough is the question.

Eyes wide open now, you would choose CC over Beaumont, Midland, Tyler or other medium sized metro areas in this state. One trip to all would convince you or anyone else. The natural beauty here makes up for quite a lot.

So I would caution much the same about any part of Texas or the Old South. But it is all of a distinctly different flavor here. For one who investigates more than surface hype about this state, then the questions can be more to the point. (income versus housing costs, etc).

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