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Galveston County, Texas (TX)

County population in 2014: 314,198 (94% urban, 6% rural); it was 250,158 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 50,304
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 24,640
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 62,790
Renter-occupied apartments: 34,025 (it was 31,992 in 2000)
% of renters here:

34%
State:

36%

Land area: 398 sq. mi.

Water area: 474.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 789 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Galveston County: 93.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (27.3%), Educational, health and social services (13.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 67%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Galveston County, Texas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (59.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (22.4%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (13.5%)
  • Asian alone (2.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Texas median age:  33.0 years
Males: 155,566  (49.5%)
Females: 158,632  (50.5%)

Galveston County,TX real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Galveston County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $69,190 ($42,419 in 1999)

This county:

$69,190
Texas:

$55,653

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $801 (lower quartile is $592, upper quartile is $1,033)
This county:

$801
State:

$774


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $174,700 (it was $81,900 in 2000)
Galveston:

$174,700
Texas:

$152,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $113,200 - $258,100

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $210,588
Here:

$210,588
State:

$217,477

Townhouses or other attached units: $137,995
Here:

$137,995
State:

$208,380

In 2-unit structures: $204,899
Here:

$204,899
State:

$165,849

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $214,985
Here:

$214,985
State:

$176,439

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $287,289
Here:

$287,289
State:

$269,486

Mobile homes: $395,614
Here:

$395,614
State:

$76,318

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $692,038
Here:

$692,038
State:

$56,787
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,667
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $548

Institutionalized population: 2,928

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 21
  • Robberies: 19
  • Assaults: 149
  • Burglaries: 345
  • Thefts: 467
  • Auto thefts: 69

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 2
  • Rapes: 28
  • Robberies: 23
  • Assaults: 138
  • Burglaries: 269
  • Thefts: 458
  • Auto thefts: 104
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2235 buildings, average cost: $137,300
  • 2001: 2441 buildings, average cost: $140,200
  • 2002: 2687 buildings, average cost: $126,400
  • 2003: 2733 buildings, average cost: $140,500
  • 2004: 2995 buildings, average cost: $148,100
  • 2005: 3148 buildings, average cost: $156,500
  • 2006: 2732 buildings, average cost: $176,500
  • 2007: 2587 buildings, average cost: $173,400
  • 2008: 1517 buildings, average cost: $182,200
  • 2009: 1140 buildings, average cost: $172,200
  • 2010: 1731 buildings, average cost: $190,300
  • 2011: 1823 buildings, average cost: $190,600
  • 2012: 1784 buildings, average cost: $211,300
  • 2013: 2176 buildings, average cost: $210,100
  • 2014: 2638 buildings, average cost: $207,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $4,235 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $2,173 (1.6%)

Galveston County household income distribution in 2009 Galveston County home values distribution Galveston County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.3%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.4% for Black residents, 23.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.1% for American Indian residents, 17.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.2% for other race residents, 16.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 14.3%
Galveston County:

14.3%
Texas:

15.9%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.4% for Black residents, 23.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.9% for American Indian residents, 17.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 25.5% for other race residents, 15.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 38 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 37 years old, American Indian residents: 42 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

Area name: Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Galveston County is $612 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $743 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $990 a month.

Cities in this county include: Galveston, League City, Texas City, Friendswood, Dickinson, La Marque, Santa Fe, Bacliff, Hitchcock, San Leon.

Galveston County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Galveston County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.032 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Citrus County, Florida , St. Mary Parish, Louisiana , DeWitt County , Guadalupe County , Maverick County , Wilson County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Texas:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 14,654
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 22.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 20,678 (35% naturalized citizens)

Galveston County:

8.3%
Whole state:

13.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 5,198
  • 1990 to 1994: 4,361
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,634
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,461
  • 1975 to 1979: 2,063
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,388
  • 1970 to 1974: 824
  • 1965 to 1969: 1,749
Note: State values scaled to Galveston County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 60.7%

Galveston County marital status for males Galveston County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 77,193
  • One, attached: 2,478
  • Two: 2,617
  • 3 or 4: 3,381
  • 5 to 9: 4,246
  • 10 to 19: 4,740
  • 20 or more: 9,723
  • Mobile homes: 6,666
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 689

Housing units in Galveston County with a mortgage: 34,757 (1,590 second mortgage, 1,871 home equity loan, 47 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 20,339

Here:

63.1% with mortgage
State:

64.2% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Galveston County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant61,765195
Catholic57,9078
Mainline Protestant18,37350
Other13,72826
Black Protestant5,37317
Orthodox5593
None133,604-
Galveston County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 48
Galveston County:

1.70 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 40
This county:

1.41 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 126
Galveston County:

4.45 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 195
This county:

6.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Galveston County:

10.1%
Texas:

8.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Galveston County:

28.4%
State:

26.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.7%
State:

15.7%

Agriculture in Galveston County:

Average size of farms: 192 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $8,508
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $309.77
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 21.88%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 59.20%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $12,371
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 5.85%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 20.01%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $22,498
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.03%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.19
Vegetables: 41 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 142 acres

Earthquake activity:

Galveston County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Texas state average. It is 91% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 306.7 miles away from Galveston County center
On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 196.6 miles away from the county center
On 5/27/2002 at 00:28:16, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 MB, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 160.0 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 426.8 miles away from the county center
On 4/7/2008 at 09:51:12, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, 3.9 MW, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 189.8 miles away from Galveston County center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 509.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: October 22, 2015 to October 31, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4245: November 25, 2015, FEMA Id: 4245, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Texas Hurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 07, 2008 to October 02, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1791: September 13, 2008, FEMA Id: 1791, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Hurricane Ike, Incident Period: September 07, 2008 to September 26, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3294: September 10, 2008, FEMA Id: 3294, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 27, 2008 to September 07, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3290: August 29, 2008, FEMA Id: 3290, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Wildfires, Incident Period: March 14, 2008 to September 01, 2008, Emergency Declared EM-3284: March 14, 2008, FEMA Id: 3284, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Texas Hurricane Dean, Incident Period: August 17, 2007 to September 05, 2007, Emergency Declared EM-3277: August 18, 2007, FEMA Id: 3277, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Hurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 23, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1606: September 24, 2005, FEMA Id: 1606, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Hurricane Rita, Incident Period: September 20, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3261: September 21, 2005, FEMA Id: 3261, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3216: September 02, 2005, FEMA Id: 3216, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Hurricane Claudette, Incident Period: July 15, 2003 to July 28, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1479: July 17, 2003, FEMA Id: 1479, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 10 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Galveston County (20) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 9, Storms: 7, Floods: 6, Fires: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Flash Flood: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (4%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (4%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (51%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • El Salvador (4%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Canada (3%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)
  • India (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Galveston County (%):

  • German (11%)
  • United States or American (10%)
  • English (8%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Galveston County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 88,054 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 15,350 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,101 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 15 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 10 (0%)
  • Railroad: 9 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 100 (0%)
  • Taxi: 297 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 223 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 816 (1%)
  • Walked: 2,604 (2%)
  • Other means: 1,189 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 2,848 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Galveston County, Texas in 2000:

  • 1,387 people in nursing homes
  • 910 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 796 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 363 people in state prisons
  • 208 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 177 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 84 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 56 people in other group homes
  • 53 people in religious group quarters
  • 35 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 26 people in military ships
  • 22 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 20 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 17 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 12 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 10 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 2 people in halfway houses

People in group quarters in Galveston County, Texas in 2010:

  • 1,178 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 1,002 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 917 people in college/university student housing
  • 589 people in state prisons
  • 110 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 105 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 103 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 87 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 77 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 36 people in military ships
  • 33 people in maritime/merchant vessels
  • 29 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 20 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 6 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $66,367.

7.79% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($49,911 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.79%
Texas average:

7.14%


0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($566 average AGI)
Galveston County:

0.05%
Texas average:

0.08%

5.62% relocated from other counties in Texas ($35,276 average AGI)
2.11% relocated from other states ($14,068 average AGI)
Galveston County:

2.11%
Texas average:

2.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Harris County, TX  3.21% ($47,164 average AGI)
from Brazoria County, TX  0.55% ($55,548)
from Montgomery County, TX  0.14% ($51,928)
from Dallas County, TX  0.12% ($35,912)
from Travis County, TX  0.12% ($39,585)
from Fort Bend County, TX  0.12% ($168,582)
from Bexar County, TX  0.12% ($39,137)


7.45% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,001 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.45%
Texas average:

6.69%


0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($338 average AGI)
Galveston County:

0.07%
Texas average:

0.10%

5.51% relocated to other counties in Texas ($32,645 average AGI)
1.87% relocated to other states ($13,018 average AGI)
Galveston County:

1.87%
Texas average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Harris County, TX  3.12% ($41,153 average AGI)
to Brazoria County, TX  0.55% ($47,392)
to Travis County, TX  0.16% ($31,463)
to Montgomery County, TX  0.13% ($54,918)
to Fort Bend County, TX  0.12% ($61,479)
to Bexar County, TX  0.10% ($56,135)
to Dallas County, TX  0.09% ($42,387)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.7
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.8

Births per 1000 population in Galveston County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 7.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Galveston County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 4.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Galveston County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 19.9%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 35,740 (29,812 aged, 5,928 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 10,911 (14%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Galveston County, Texas in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2,590)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,998)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,937)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,287)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,282)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,062)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (956)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (929)
  • Congestive heart failure (818)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (734)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.74
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15,896
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 357
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 37,264

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,441
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 889
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 35
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 77

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 76.1. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 42.1
  • Other - 34.0

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 134.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 73.9
  • Suffocation - 29.7
  • Poisoning - 24.8
  • Other - 6.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 287,012
  • In family households: 245,986 (52,262 male householders, 23,485 female householders)
    55,367 spouses, 87,687 children (80,023 natural, 1,956 adopted, 5,708 stepchildren), 8,208 grandchildren, 2,915 brothers or sisters, 2,733 parents, 4,267 other relatives, 6,771 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 41,026 (16,927 male householders (13,150 living alone)), 16,295 female householders (13,781 living alone)), 7,804 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 4,297 (2,928 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 29,907 2-persons, 17,788 3-persons, 15,488 4-persons, 7,813 5-persons, 2,906 6-persons, 1,845 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 26,931 1-person, 5,323 2-persons, 626 3-persons, 235 4-persons, 66 5-persons, 23 6-persons, 18 7-or-more-persons.

42,973 married couples with children.
16,033 single-parent households (3,301 men, 12,732 women).

82.8% of residents of Galveston County speak English at home.
13.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
1.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (54% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (76% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,471,481,000 ($5,415 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $190,218,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $558,529,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $314,676,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,193,000
Federal grants: $354,154,000
Federal procurement contracts: $161,847,000 ($140,795,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $76,082,000 ($15,009,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $56,459,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $171,846,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,691,897,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 20,328
Here:

73 per 1000 residents
State:

85 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 11,775
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

35 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4,499
Here:

+16 per 1000 residents
State:

+29 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +14,691
Here:

+53 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Galveston County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.57 millions of gallons per day (98% from ground, 2% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 2,378
  • 2010 to 2013: 5,611
  • 2000 to 2009: 34,299
  • 1990 to 1999: 22,302
  • 1980 to 1989: 17,666
  • 1970 to 1979: 21,341
  • 1960 to 1969: 17,533
  • 1950 to 1959: 11,240
  • 1940 to 1949: 3,992
  • 1939 or earlier: 5,967
Note: State values scaled to Galveston population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Galveston County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Galveston County population
  • 1 room: 291
  • 2 rooms: 1,015
  • 3 rooms: 3,186
  • 4 rooms: 6,092
  • 5 rooms: 14,207
  • 6 rooms: 15,355
  • 7 rooms: 9,470
  • 8 rooms: 6,511
  • 9+ rooms: 6,663
  • 1 room: 1,388
  • 2 rooms: 3,458
  • 3 rooms: 7,328
  • 4 rooms: 8,963
  • 5 rooms: 6,525
  • 6 rooms: 2,627
  • 7 rooms: 1,026
  • 8 rooms: 430
  • 9+ rooms: 247
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Galveston County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Galveston County population
  • no bedroom: 439
  • 1 bedroom: 3,244
  • 2 bedrooms: 13,042
  • 3 bedrooms: 30,732
  • 4 bedrooms: 13,091
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,242
  • no bedroom: 1,578
  • 1 bedroom: 11,275
  • 2 bedrooms: 12,647
  • 3 bedrooms: 5,468
  • 4 bedrooms: 920
  • 5+ bedrooms: 104
Cars and other vehicles available in Galveston County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Galveston County population
  • no vehicle: 2,355
  • 1 vehicle: 16,995
  • 2 vehicles: 31,289
  • 3 vehicles: 9,276
  • 4 vehicles: 2,301
  • 5+ vehicles: 574
  • no vehicle: 5,656
  • 1 vehicle: 16,536
  • 2 vehicles: 8,311
  • 3 vehicles: 1,126
  • 4 vehicles: 256
  • 5+ vehicles: 107

54% of Galveston County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 55% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 72% lived in Texas.

Galveston County:

53.7%
State average:

51.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 163,254
  • Northeast: 8,636
  • Midwest: 17,441
  • South: 28,605
  • West: 9,446

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $79,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Galveston County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (58.3%)
  • Electricity (37.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.7%)
  • Electricity (59.8%)
  • Utility gas (37.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,369
Here:

7.5%
Texas:

6.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 830
Here:

5.5%
Texas:

6.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,134
Here:

9.6%
Texas:

15.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Galveston County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $37,455,000
    General - Other: $16,086,000
    Regular Highways: $2,789,000
    Parks and Recreation: $38,000
  • Current Operations - Health - Other: $17,665,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $15,669,000
    General - Other: $13,220,000
    Police Protection: $11,803,000
    Correctional Institutions: $10,085,000
    Corrections - Other: $7,972,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,344,000
    Financial Administration: $5,731,000
    Regular Highways: $5,112,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $4,093,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $3,351,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,385,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $1,546,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $1,536,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,440,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $10,430,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $2,319,000
    Police Protection: $1,155,000
    Parks and Recreation: $807,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $408,000
    Corrections - Other: $202,000
    Regular Highways: $29,000
    Health - Other: $23,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $37,588,000

Galveston County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $13,416,000
    Regular Highways: $326,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $135,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $2,258,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,852,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $4,566,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $2,787,000
    Sale of Property: $1,082,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $9,111,000
    Health and Hospitals: $5,897,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,208,000
    Highways: $1,403,000
    Public Welfare: $141,000
  • Tax - Property: $88,759,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,108,000
    Other License: $32,000

Galveston County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $203,663,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $197,928,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $31,085,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $29,632,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,735,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,453,000

Galveston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $61,042,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $40,215,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $33,184,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,253
  • Number of aged recipients: 718
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 4,535
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,043
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,089
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,121
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 1,759
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,333
Galveston County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Galveston County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 61 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,585$155,3321,894$169,1583,314$175,906374$48,32118$2,069,444776$172,66230$58,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED85$147,365156$143,955305$159,92855$45,1450$065$160,73816$68,688
APPLICATIONS DENIED216$153,574428$151,5961,473$167,544445$38,2991$145,000302$163,40451$50,588
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN169$160,491255$177,376868$171,18860$81,3831$2,400,000137$159,6938$87,875
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS38$140,47448$173,854245$155,36340$49,7000$030$133,2004$47,750
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 53 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED328$197,177146$186,50714$148,571
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED107$201,07554$194,83322$170,364
APPLICATIONS DENIED52$235,73128$202,0714$149,750
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN17$196,11813$185,9233$101,333
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$190,6671$160,0005$83,600

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Galveston County, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1,42672.2 years
Mary1,29877.3 years
James1,23169.6 years
William1,15972.7 years
Robert97969.2 years
Charles75971.7 years
George67372.8 years
Joseph53772.4 years
Dorothy45375.5 years
Frank42174.6 years
Most common last names in Galveston County, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith56573.6 years
Johnson56172.3 years
Williams53770.8 years
Jones47472.1 years
Brown38974.5 years
Davis32972.9 years
Jackson26572.1 years
Anderson25275.0 years
Moore23673.6 years
Wilson22572.1 years
Businesses in Galveston County, TX
NameCountNameCount
24 Hour Fitness2Justice2
ALDO2KFC10
AMF Bowling1Knights Inn1
AT&T6Kohl's2
Abercrombie & Fitch1Kroger9
Abercrombie Kids1LA Fitness1
Academy Sports + Outdoors1La Quinta3
Ace Hardware4Lane Bryant2
Advance Auto Parts3Lane Furniture4
Aeropostale1LensCrafters1
American Eagle Outfitters1Little Caesars Pizza4
Ann Taylor1Long John Silver's1
Apple Store1Lowe's2
Arby's1Macy's2
AutoZone10Marshalls1
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets9
Bakers1Maurices1
Banana Republic1McDonald's21
Baskin-Robbins1Men's Wearhouse1
Bath & Body Works2Motel 61
Baymont Inn1Motherhood Maternity4
Bebe1New Balance2
Ben & Jerry's2Nike22
Best Western2Nissan1
Blockbuster6Office Depot3
Brookstone1Olive Garden2
Budget Car Rental1Outback1
Burger King5Outback Steakhouse1
CVS13Pac Sun1
Cache1Panda Express2
Catherines1Papa John's Pizza5
Charlotte Russe1Payless7
Chevrolet2Penske3
Chick-Fil-A3PetSmart1
Chico's1Pier 1 Imports2
Church's Chicken7Pizza Hut8
Cinnabon 3Plato's Closet1
Coldwater Creek1Popeyes6
Comfort Inn1Quality1
Comfort Suites1Quiznos4
Cracker Barrel1RadioShack7
Cricket Wireless21Rooms To Go2
Curves5Rue211
DHL8Ryan's Grill1
Dairy Queen4SAS Shoes1
Days Inn3SONIC Drive-In16
Decora Cabinetry2Safeway2
Dennys4Sam's Club3
Discount Tire5Sears7
Domino's Pizza3Sephora2
Dressbarn1Shoe Carnival1
Ethan Allen1Soma Intimates1
Express1Spencer Gifts1
Famous Footwear1Sprint Nextel4
FedEx36Staples1
Finish Line2Starbucks18
Firestone Complete Auto Care4Subway27
Foot Locker1Super 85
Forever 211T-Mobile15
GNC5T.J.Maxx1
GameStop6Taco Bell10
Gap1Talbots1
Goodwill2Target3
Gymboree1Toyota2
H&R Block10Toys"R"Us2
Hilton3True Value1
Hobby Lobby1U-Haul11
Holiday Inn8UPS33
Hollister Co.1Vans5
Home Depot4Verizon Wireless6
Honda1Victoria's Secret1
Hot Topic1Vons2
Howard Johnson1Waffle House3
IHOP4Walgreens14
JCPenney2Walmart5
Jack In The Box9Wendy's9
Jones New York3YMCA2
Journeys1

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