Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2021

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates the population directly affiliated with Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, located in Corpus Christi, contributed at least $3.3 billion to the Texas economy in 2021.[1]

Working with the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, the Comptroller’s office collected data from each of the state’s 14 U.S. military installations using a survey designed to ensure consistency in determining the total direct and indirect contribution of the base’s populations to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income (Exhibit 1).[2]

Exhibit 1
Estimated Total Contribution of
NAS Corpus Christi to the Texas Economy, 2021
Contribution Value
Total direct employment 8,395
Total employment (direct & indirect)[3] 19,815
Output[4] $3,356,238,000
Gross domestic product[5] $2,010,506,000
Disposable personal income[6] $1,311,338,000

Source: Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) - model for Texas

The Comptroller’s economic impact analysis represents a conservative estimate of the economic importance of NAS Corpus Christi to Texas. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy in different ways. This analysis uses a consistent model to determine the economic impact of each of the state’s military installations to the state’s economic growth.


The following data were provided by NAS Corpus Christi.

NAS Corpus Christi occupies a total of 5,662 acres.

Employment and Other Populations
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 16
Active Duty Navy & Marines 1,619
Active Duty Air Force 0
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard/Reserve 478
Appropriated 3,840
Non-Appropriated 224
Army Reserve 0
Navy & Marines Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 0
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Appropriated 0
Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 1,318
Full Time Employees Not Listed Elsewhere 0
Average Daily Student Load 900
Total Direct Employment 8,395
Number of Dependents 0
Number Attending On-installation Schools 0
Number Attending Off-installation Schools 0
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources (e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.) 0

End Notes

  1. This study represents an analysis of the economic impact of the population and employees directly affiliated with the base. This includes active duty, visiting, and other military personnel, dependents, civilian employees and contractors directly affiliated with the base – as reported in documents emailed from Francoise Kieschnick, Public Affairs Officer, NAS Corpus Christi, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, December 14, 2021; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted are for 2021; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees and a full-time equivalent (FTE) for any part-time employees; (3) dependents are associated with NAS Corpus Christi only; (4) all economic impact is within Texas.
  3. “Total employment” refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  4. “Output” refers to the total value of all goods and services (both final and intermediate) produced in Texas.
  5. “Gross domestic product” refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  6. “Disposable personal income” refers to post-income-tax income.