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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2017

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts analyzed the economic impact of Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi on the Texas economy at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC). The Comptroller estimates that population directly affiliated with NAS Corpus Christi contributed at least $3.62 billion to the Texas economy in 2017.[1]

NAS Corpus Christi provided the data used in this analysis to the TMPC. Starting with this information, the Comptroller's office collected additional data from each of the state’s 13 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.[2] Below is the economic contribution derived from these data of the population associated NAS Corpus Christi.

Estimated Contribution of Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to the Texas Economy, 2017
Metric Value
Total direct employment 9,773
Total employment [3] 24,350
Output [4] $3,616,105,000
Gross domestic product [5] $2,240,117,000
Disposable personal income [6] $1,472,061,000

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

Although the estimated total contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of NAS Corpus Christi to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state’s economic growth, cannot always be precisely quantified. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi provided the following data, which were used for the analysis.

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi

11001 D Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78417
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 0
Active Duty Navy & Marines 1,947
Active Duty Air Force 0
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard 0
Civilian Personnel Appropriated 3,858
Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 280
Army Reserve 0
Navy Reserve 688
Air Force Reserve 0
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Appropriated 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 2,000
Average Daily Student Load 1,000
Total Direct Employment 9,773

Other Populations
Description Number
Dependents 202
On-installation School Attendance 0
Off-installation School Attendance 202
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources
(e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.)

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 Fifi Kieschnick, Public Affairs Officer - Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, May 2018; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2017; (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; (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.

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