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The City of Mathis – population 4,942 – is situated on the far western end of the county, off of Hwy 37. Leisure and industry find a crossroads in Mathis, which like many of county’s communities, offers great water recreation. Unlike other communities, however, Mathis, which is about 40 miles from the coast, is home to a freshwater lake, Lake Corpus Christi, and its accompanying state park. It is also home to the three county parks, which were created for residents and visitors to enjoy the Nueces River and rich history. The Mathis area is an important part of the county’s history, as just a few miles away in Old San Patricio, pivotal points of the Texas War for Independence from Mexico were waged. Many people who live in the central or eastern portions of the county have summer homes on the lake, which is great for fishing, jet-skiing, boating or simply floating. Huge catfish have been harvested from the waters of Lake Corpus Christi, and the quiet, community also attracts a healthy retired population.


Quality of Life
Mathis public schools lead the county in international studies, producing graduates who are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st Century and prosper in global political and economic environments. Mathis ISD won a competitive grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create the first rural high school in the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) in 2007. Mathis Middle School for Global Studies joined ISSN in 2010. As part of the program, high school students take either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language, which engages literacy, imagination and boosts career opportunities.


The City of Mathis is the fifth most populated city in San Patricio County. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 4,942, approximately 6.53% of the county’s total population.

  • Median Household Income: $26,010
  • Per Capita Income: $13,437

Educational Attainment

Mathis Independent School District consists of four campuses: Mathis Elementary School (PK-2), Mathis Intermediate School (3-5), Mathis Middle School (6-8) and Mathis High School (9-12). The district, as a whole, “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness – one of the ways in which school districts in Texas are evaluated, though two campuses were rated as “Improvement Required.” Mathis Elementary has no students who are old enough to be tested, and adopts the rating given to Mathis Intermediate School. See table below.


Most teachers in the district (39.5 %) are beginning teachers. See chart below:

Labor & Employment
Labor force: 2021
Employed: 1733
Unemployed: 288
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

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