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Galveston County, Texas (TX)

County population in 2019: 342,139 (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: 859 people per square mile   (very high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Galveston County: 93.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (25.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (11.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Galveston County, TX (2019)
    • 193,94656.7%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 86,85225.4%Hispanic or Latino
    • 42,50612.4%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 11,6193.4%Asian alone
    • 6,8322.0%Two or more races
    • 2830.08%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 1010.03%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

38.2 years
Texas median age:

35.1 years
Males: 167,162  (48.9%)
Females: 174,977  (51.1%)
Average household size:
Galveston County:

2.0 people
Texas:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $74,977 ($42,419 in 1999)
This county:

$74,977
Texas:

$64,034

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $987 (lower quartile is $726, upper quartile is $1,255)
This county:

$987
State:

$929


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $222,200 (it was $81,900 in 2000)
Galveston:

$222,200
Texas:

$200,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $140,500 - $311,200

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $258,129
Here:

$258,129
State:

$268,991

Townhouses or other attached units: $257,267
Here:

$257,267
State:

$268,635

In 2-unit structures: $267,875
Here:

$267,875
State:

$309,107

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $183,156
Here:

$183,156
State:

$205,835

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $258,984
Here:

$258,984
State:

$312,503

Mobile homes: $168,673
Here:

$168,673
State:

$94,014

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $81,946
Here:

$81,946
State:

$52,538

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,818
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $569

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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Health of residents in Galveston County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2013 to 2019:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is about average.
67.7% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
37.8% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is less than average.
50.6% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is less than average.
66.0% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 198 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 163 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1112 buildings, average cost: $125,100
  • 1998: 1684 buildings, average cost: $129,400
  • 1999: 1627 buildings, average cost: $133,400
  • 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
  • 2015: 2372 buildings, average cost: $219,200
  • 2016: 2209 buildings, average cost: $236,100
  • 2017: 2095 buildings, average cost: $188,800
  • 2018: 2201 buildings, average cost: $237,100
  • 2019: 2197 buildings, average cost: $245,400
Number of permits per 10,000 Galveston, TX residents
Average permit cost in Galveston, TX
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $4,227 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $2,361 (1.4%)

Distribution of median household income in Galveston, TX in 2019
Distribution of house value in Galveston, TX in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Galveston, TX in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.9%
Galveston County:

10.9%
Texas:

13.6%
(7.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.0% for Black residents, 15.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.2% for American Indian residents, 9.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.6% for other race residents, 10.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 38.2 years old
(Males: 36.2 years old, Females: 39.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.5 years old, Black residents: 35.7 years old, American Indian residents: 33.7 years old, Asian residents: 39.4 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30.5 years old, Other race residents: 32.9 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

2018 air pollution in Galveston County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 4.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Below 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 November 2020:
Here:

9.2%
Texas:

8.0%

Unemployment by year in Galveston, TX
County total employment by year in Galveston, TX
County average yearly wages by year in Galveston, TX

Current college students: 14,654
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 90.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 30.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 37,851 (45.2% naturalized citizens)

Galveston County:

11.1%
Whole state:

17.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 7,8152010 or later
  • 8,6092000 to 2009
  • 7,7171990 to 1999
  • 5,0951980 to 1989
  • 3,4511970 to 1979
  • 2,573Before 1970

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: 109,477
  • One, attached: 2,476
  • Two: 2,253
  • 3 or 4: 3,014
  • 5 to 9: 4,529
  • 10 to 19: 7,920
  • 20 to 49: 6,818
  • 50 or more: 6,983
  • Mobile homes: 6,021
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 891

Housing units in Galveston County with a mortgage: 49,988 (597 second mortgage, 1,917 home equity loan, 26 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 36,060

Here:

57.6% with mortgage
State:

56.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Galveston County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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 above Texas state average. It is 43% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/17/2012 at 08:12:00, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 178.8 miles away from Galveston County center
On 10/20/2011 at 12:24:41, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 193.2 miles away from the county center
On 9/2/2013 at 23:51:15, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MW, Depth: 2.9 mi) earthquake occurred 177.0 miles away from the county center
On 4/9/1993 at 12:29:19, a magnitude 4.3 (4.1 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 196.6 miles away from the county center
On 9/2/2013 at 21:52:38, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MW, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 179.9 miles away from Galveston County center
On 1/25/2013 at 07:01:19, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 174.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Texas Hurricane Laura, Incident Period: August 23, 2020 - August 27, 2020, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4572-TX: December 9, 2020, FEMA Id: 4572, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Texas Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4485, Natural disaster type: Other
  • Texas Hurricane Harvey, Incident Period: August 23, 2017 - September 15, 2017, FEMA Id: 4332, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 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
  • 13 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Galveston County (23) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 11, Storms: 7, Floods: 6, Fires: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Flash Flood: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Galveston

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 98,686 (79.2%)
  • Carpooled: 11,653 (9.4%)
  • Bus: 370 (0.3%)
  • Subway or elevated rail: 39 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,074 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 1,119 (0.9%)
  • Walked: 2,681 (2.2%)
  • Worked at home: 8,972 (7.2%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (13%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (43%)
  • India (6%)
  • El Salvador (5%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Honduras (4%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Galveston County


  • German (7%)
  • American (7%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (4%)
  • European (4%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $84,247.

8.69% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($68,972 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.69%
Texas average:

7.43%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($844 average AGI)
Galveston County:

0.04%
Texas average:

0.08%

6.52% relocated from other counties in Texas ($49,430 average AGI)
2.14% relocated from other states ($18,698 average AGI)
Galveston County:

2.14%
Texas average:

2.52%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Harris County, TX  3.72% ($69,465 average AGI)
from Brazoria County, TX  0.68% ($68,846)
from Fort Bend County, TX  0.17% ($81,292)
from Travis County, TX  0.17% ($56,079)
from Montgomery County, TX  0.15% ($73,694)
from Jefferson County, TX  0.11% ($64,379)
from Tarrant County, TX  0.10% ($48,828)


7.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($64,392 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.01%
Texas average:

7.26%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($385 average AGI)
Galveston County:

0.05%
Texas average:

0.08%

5.33% relocated to other counties in Texas ($48,064 average AGI)
1.63% relocated to other states ($15,943 average AGI)
Galveston County:

1.63%
Texas average:

2.32%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Harris County, TX  2.88% ($59,610 average AGI)
to Brazoria County, TX  0.60% ($57,582)
to Fort Bend County, TX  0.18% ($64,356)
to Montgomery County, TX  0.15% ($116,029)
to Travis County, TX  0.15% ($74,676)
to Dallas County, TX  0.09% ($47,594)
to Tarrant County, TX  0.08% ($55,970)

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 2019: 13.2

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 2019: 8.1

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 2018: 5.2

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Galveston County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 17.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 10.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Galveston County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Galveston County, Texas in 1999 - 2019:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3,412)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,549)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,346)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,823)
  • Unspecified dementia (1,680)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (1,519)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,343)
  • Congestive heart failure (1,198)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (1,175)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,138)

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: 342,139
  • Male householders: 63,117 (15,269 living alone), Female householders: 63,975 (15,847 living alone)
  • 65,752 spouses (64,670 opposite-sex spouses), 8,379 unmarried partners, (7,562 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 105,121 children (94,684 natural, 4,209 adopted, 6,228 stepchildren), 6,402 grandchildren, 4,103 brothers or sisters, 6,947 parents, 310 foster children, 5,087 other relatives, 7,231 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 5,715

Size of family households: 38,537 2-persons, 20,978 3-persons, 15,894 4-persons, 9,049 5-persons, 3,055 6-persons, 1,358 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 31,116 1-person, 6,238 2-persons, 414 3-persons, 382 4-persons, 71 7-or-more-persons.

54,593 married couples with children.
21,325 single-parent households (4,498 men, 16,827 women).

79.9% of residents of Galveston speak English at home.
15.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (85% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
2.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (65% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (74% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).

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:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.1

Year house built in Galveston County, Texas
  • Year house built in Galveston County, Texas
  • 14,1842014 or later
  • 8,7332010 to 2013
  • 32,0902000 to 2009
  • 18,5531990 to 1999
  • 20,4031980 to 1989
  • 19,7211970 to 1979
  • 14,5271960 to 1969
  • 11,9941950 to 1959
  • 4,3901940 to 1949
  • 5,7871939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Galveston County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Galveston County, Texas
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Galveston County, Texas
  • 3951 room
  • 6942 rooms
  • 1,9883 rooms
  • 8,6944 rooms
  • 15,9085 rooms
  • 19,3376 rooms
  • 12,6257 rooms
  • 11,2688 rooms
  • 15,1399+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Galveston County, Texas
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Galveston County, Texas
  • 1,2381 room
  • 2,6022 rooms
  • 10,5993 rooms
  • 7,9854 rooms
  • 7,6305 rooms
  • 5,8646 rooms
  • 2,7207 rooms
  • 1,5348 rooms
  • 8729+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Galveston County, Texas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Galveston County, Texas
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Galveston County, Texas
  • 470no bedroom
  • 1,6011 bedroom
  • 12,4022 bedrooms
  • 41,0423 bedrooms
  • 26,5084 bedrooms
  • 4,0255+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Galveston County, Texas
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Galveston County, Texas
  • 1,238no bedroom
  • 11,0611 bedroom
  • 14,8782 bedrooms
  • 10,2763 bedrooms
  • 3,2684 bedrooms
  • 3235+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Galveston County, Texas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Galveston County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Galveston County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,384no vehicle
  • 20,0561 vehicle
  • 40,5552 vehicles
  • 17,0583 vehicles
  • 5,1134 vehicles
  • 1,8825+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Galveston County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Galveston County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 5,262no vehicle
  • 19,9641 vehicle
  • 11,9562 vehicles
  • 2,1823 vehicles
  • 1,3434 vehicles
  • 3375+ vehicles

83.4% of Galveston County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Texas.

Galveston County:

83.4%
State average:

84.4%

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

  • This state: 216,556
  • Other state: 80,341
  • Northeast: 11,207
  • Midwest: 22,236
  • South: 33,457
  • West: 13,441
Year householders moved into unit in Galveston County, TX
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Galveston County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 57.6%Utility gas
  • 39.8%Electricity
  • 2.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used
  • 0.1%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 76.2%Electricity
  • 21.9%Utility gas
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,949
Here:

8.1%
Texas:

7.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,716
Here:

8.5%
Texas:

6.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,327
Here:

7.4%
Texas:

14.3%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Galveston County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,160,000
  • Charges - Other: $8,992,000
    Parks and Recreation: $768,000
    Regular Highways: $566,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $224,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General - Other: $3,790,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,722,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,113,000
    Police Protection: $25,187,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,988,000
    Financial Administration: $15,000,000
    General - Other: $12,777,000
    Health - Other: $8,748,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,266,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,806,000
    Regular Highways: $5,356,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,438,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $3,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,141,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,309,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $2,305,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $762,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $3,981,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,648,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $246,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $238,628,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $211,676,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $89,787,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,835,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,996,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $13,109,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $887,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,784,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,997,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,402,000
    Sale of Property: $266,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,804,000
    Central Staff Services: $741,000
    Regular Highways: $591,000
    Financial Administration: $562,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $282,000
    Health - Other: $89,000
    Police Protection: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,632,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,881,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $25,842,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,263,000
    Highways: $852,000
    Public Welfare: $155,000
  • Tax - Property: $141,092,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,739,000
    Other License: $2,000

Galveston County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,160,000
  • Charges - Other: $8,992,000
    Parks and Recreation: $768,000
    Regular Highways: $566,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $224,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General - Other: $3,790,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,722,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,113,000
    Police Protection: $25,187,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,988,000
    Financial Administration: $15,000,000
    General - Other: $12,777,000
    Health - Other: $8,748,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,266,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,806,000
    Regular Highways: $5,356,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,438,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $3,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,141,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,309,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $2,305,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $762,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $3,981,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,648,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $246,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $238,628,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $211,676,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $89,787,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,835,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,996,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $13,109,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $887,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,784,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,997,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,402,000
    Sale of Property: $266,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,804,000
    Central Staff Services: $741,000
    Regular Highways: $591,000
    Financial Administration: $562,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $282,000
    Health - Other: $89,000
    Police Protection: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,632,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,881,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $25,842,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,263,000
    Highways: $852,000
    Public Welfare: $155,000
  • Tax - Property: $141,092,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,739,000
    Other License: $2,000

Galveston County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,160,000
  • Charges - Other: $8,992,000
    Parks and Recreation: $768,000
    Regular Highways: $566,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $224,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General - Other: $3,790,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,722,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,113,000
    Police Protection: $25,187,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,988,000
    Financial Administration: $15,000,000
    General - Other: $12,777,000
    Health - Other: $8,748,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,266,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,806,000
    Regular Highways: $5,356,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,438,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $3,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,141,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,309,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $2,305,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $762,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $3,981,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,648,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $246,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $238,628,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $211,676,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $89,787,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,835,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,996,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $13,109,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $887,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,784,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,997,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,402,000
    Sale of Property: $266,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,804,000
    Central Staff Services: $741,000
    Regular Highways: $591,000
    Financial Administration: $562,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $282,000
    Health - Other: $89,000
    Police Protection: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,632,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,881,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $25,842,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,263,000
    Highways: $852,000
    Public Welfare: $155,000
  • Tax - Property: $141,092,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,739,000
    Other License: $2,000

Galveston County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $24,160,000
  • Charges - Other: $8,992,000
    Parks and Recreation: $768,000
    Regular Highways: $566,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $224,000
  • Construction - Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General - Other: $3,790,000
    Parks and Recreation: $2,722,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $28,113,000
    Police Protection: $25,187,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $20,988,000
    Financial Administration: $15,000,000
    General - Other: $12,777,000
    Health - Other: $8,748,000
    General Public Buildings: $6,266,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,806,000
    Regular Highways: $5,356,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,438,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $3,686,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,141,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,309,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $2,305,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $762,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $3,981,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $14,648,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $246,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $238,628,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $211,676,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $89,787,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $62,835,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $13,996,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $13,109,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $887,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $4,784,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,997,000
    Interest Earnings: $1,402,000
    Sale of Property: $266,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $31,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $1,804,000
    Central Staff Services: $741,000
    Regular Highways: $591,000
    Financial Administration: $562,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $282,000
    Health - Other: $89,000
    Police Protection: $12,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $95,632,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,881,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $25,842,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,595,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,263,000
    Highways: $852,000
    Public Welfare: $155,000
  • Tax - Property: $141,092,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $2,739,000
    Other License: $2,000

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
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 in Galveston, TX
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Galveston, TX - 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

Galveston County on our top lists:

  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"