Corpus Christi, Texas has won several awards as a city. It was selected as an all-American City in 2003 and routinely surfaces as an affordable place to live. Located near the southern tip of Texas, it has a warm climate and an extensive waterfront with popular beaches and great opportunities for boating. Corpus Christi, with a population of almost 280,000, is large, but not so big that it is overwhelming. The city bills itself as "The Sparkling City by the Sea," or simply "Corpus". The name derives from the Spanish, "body of Christ", a reference to the Eucharist. There is plenty to do here, whether you are enjoying boating or ashore. There are many local attractions, particularly concerning the waterfront, boating, beaches, and fishing. Golf is popular here. The downtown area has a museum district, skyscrapers, lots of interesting shops, plus marinas along the interesting waterfront. Corpus Christi is the county seat of Nueces County.