Petronilla (Petronila) is a small rural community located in central Nueces County on Farm Road 665 between Driscoll and Corpus Christi. Petronilla derived its name from the Santa Petronila Ranch, which was located on Petronila Creek. Petronilla is credited with being the first European settlement in Nueces County. In 1911 a school district was established, and in 1912 the first school was opened; Mattie Roy McEwen taught thirty-four pupils. By 1946 there were only a few scattered dwellings in the area. In 1989 Belk Poultry Farm and Belk Country Store were in operation. The population was 155 in 1990. The population dropped to eighty-three in 2000.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Pop. Year Source
89 2020 United States Census Bureau
112 2019 Texas Demographic Center
113 2010 United States Census Bureau
83 2000 United States Census Bureau
155 1990 United States Census Bureau