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Overview

Introduction to Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas, in Galveston county, is 46 miles SE of Houston, Texas. The city is included in the Galveston - Texas City metropolitan area.

Galveston History

The area now known as Galveston was originally inhabited by the Karankawa and Akokisa tribes. At that time, the region was called Auia by local Indians. Jo’s de Evia, the Spanish explorer, named the area Gélvez town or Gélveztown, after County Bernardo de Gélvez, in 1785. The area was first settled in by Europeans around 1816. The City of Galveston was incorporated in 1839. The first post office of the city was established in 1836. The city was the site of the Battle of Galveston which was fought on January 1, 1863.

Galveston and nearby Attractions

  • Galveston Island State Park
  • R.A. Apffell Park
  • Stewart Beach Park
  • Moody Gardens
  • Texas Seaport Museum
  • Mardi Gras Museum
  • Railroad Museum
  • Galveston County Museum

Things To Do In Galveston

Galveston is home to Galveston Island State Park. Visitors can enjoy water sports at Jamaica Beach, Bermuda Beach, Palm Beach, and East Beach. The Schreiber Park, Stewart Beach Park, San Jacinto Park, Sheppard Park, and Apffel Park are local parks that offer facilities for a number of recreational activities. You can also plan a day trip to Old Fort San Jacinto, Galveston County Museum, Mardi Gras Museum, and Moody Mansion Museum.

Galveston Transportation

Air transportation is available from Ellington Field Airport.

Galveston Higher Education

The University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, Galveston College, and Texas A & M University - Galveston lie within the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population49,443
Male Share of the Population49.4%
Female Share of the Population50.6%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+21,381
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married36.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.8%
Median Earnings25+$30,987
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,471
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,206

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,095
% Above Poverty Level77.2%
% Below Poverty Level22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.2%

Housing

People Living Alone39.1%
Median Gross Rent$865
Median House Value$154,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)51.9%
German12%
Irish8.6%
English6.4%
Italian3.8%
French Except Basque3.2%
Scottish1.9%
Polish1.3%
African1%
Dutch0.9%
Czech0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Arab0.5%
Russian0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
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Galveston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Galveston County
Standard Zip Codes77550, 77551, 77554
P.O. Box Zip Codes77552, 77553
Company Zip Codes77555
Phone Area Codes409
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.3
Approximate Longitude-94.79

Galveston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationGALVESTON
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp50 to 62 F
Apr Temp65 to 75 F
Jul Temp80 to 89 F
Oct Temp68 to 80 F
Annual Precip43.8 inches
StationALVIN
Distance26.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp60 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 81 F
Annual Precip51.7 inches
StationANAHUAC
Distance34.3 miles
Jan Temp42 to 61 F
Apr Temp58 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 92 F
Oct Temp59 to 81 F
Annual Precip54 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dickinson19,583$82,086
Hitchcock7,464$52,019
Jamaica Beach989$83,125
La Marque15,567$54,303
Texas City46,811$51,452

Galveston Public Libraries

Rosenberg Library
2310 SEALY ST
Galveston, Texas
(409) 763-8854

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Galveston Hospitals

Shriners Hospitals For Children-galveston Burns Hospital
(Non-profit)
815 Market Street
University Of Texas Medical Branch Hospital
(Government - State)
301 University Boulevard

Galveston Public Schools

Aim College & Career Prep
1110 21st St
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6960
Other
Total Enrollment 114
Aim Middle
1110 21st St
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6964
Austin Middle
1514 N 1/2
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-3500
Middle
Total Enrollment 520
Ball H S
4115 Ave O
ZIP: 77550
(409) 766-5700
High
Total Enrollment 1889
Burnet/ecu
5501 Ave S
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6470
Primary
Total Enrollment 521
Central Middle
3014 Sealy
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6200
Middle
Total Enrollment 223
Coastal Village El
721 10th St
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Morgan El Magnet School
1410 37th St
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6700
Primary
Total Enrollment 623
Rosenberg El
721 10th St
ZIP: 77550
(409) 765-5731
Scott Collegiate Academy
4116 N 1/2
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6100
Middle
Total Enrollment 513
Special Ctrs
3906 Ave T
ZIP: 77550
(409) 766-5172
Weis Middle
3014 Sealy
ZIP: 77550
(409) 761-6400
Middle
Total Enrollment 166
Ambassadors Preparatory Academy
5001 Ave U
ZIP: 77551
(409) 762-6795
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Coastal Village Middle
1110 Moody
ZIP: 77551
(409) 761-6900
Middle
Total Enrollment 311
Odyssey Academy Inc
6001 Stewart Rd
ZIP: 77551
(409) 750-9289
Other
Total Enrollment 761
Parker El
6802 Jones Dr
ZIP: 77551
(409) 761-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 620
Galveston Co J J A E P
3904 Ave T
ZIP: 77553
(409) 766-5800
Other
Total Enrollment 7
Oppe El
2915 81st St
ZIP: 77554
(409) 761-6500
Primary
Total Enrollment 724

Galveston Private Schools

Holy Family School
2601 Avenue N
ZIP: 77550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 101
O'connell College Preparatory School
1320 23rd St
ZIP: 77550
Secondary
Total Enrollment 94
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont St
ZIP: 77550
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
Judah's Tribe Of Youth
2001 61st St Ste D
ZIP: 77551
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
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Seawall and beach between 1910 and 1920
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