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
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
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
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 force: 2021
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%