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Galveston Facts at a Glance


Population
GalvestonGalveston
County
197061,809165,669
198061,902195,940
199059,070217,499
200057,247250,158
201047,743291,309
Source: 2010 US Census
Age
GalvestonGalveston
County
Under 20 years231%283%
20-39 years284%257%
40-59 years29%295%
60+ years196%167%
Source: 2010 US Census
Ethnicity
GalvestonGalveston
County
Caucasian450%593%
African-American192%138%
Hispanic313%224%
Source: 2010 US Census

Government

City council-manager system with six council members elected from single-member districts; the mayor is elected at-large

Climate

Temperate, semi-tropical weather year-round – averaging 57° F in the winter months and 81° F in the summer months

Geography

A barrier reef island 32 miles long and 2.5 miles wide at its widest point

Location

Located in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles south of Houston

Miles from Galveston:
Austin206
San Antonio241
Dallas288
New Orleans392

Religion

Galveston is home to more than 50 churches, two synagogues and a mosque, representing every major religious denomination.

Health Care

A leading academic medical center, the University of Texas Medical Branch offers a wide range of primary and specialty care outpatient services at its campus- and community-based clinics. UTMB clinics logged more than 637,000 outpatient visits last year. (www.utmbhealth.com)

Education

Galveston Independent School District covers 94.82 square miles including all of Galveston Island and a portion of the Bolivar Peninsula. The district serves approximately 6,450 students on the Island and Bolivar Peninsula. During the 2012- 2013 school year, it will operate two high schools, five middle schools and six elementary schools.

Higher Education

Texas A&M University at Galveston; Galveston College; University of Texas Medical Branch

Top Employers, 2011
EmployerTotal Employees
University of Texas Medical Branch7,500
Galveston Independent School District1,366
Landry’s Inc.*1,300
American National Insurance Company866
Galveston County (on Island only) 864
Moody Gardens 810
City of Galveston 722
Mitchell Family Corp460
Texas A&M University at Galveston423
Galveston College300
Schlitterbahn**286
*Employment increases by 45% – almost 600 additional jobs – during the summer.
**Employment increases to almost 700 during the summer.

Taxes

Taxes are paid in the city of Galveston to five entities – city, county, school, community college and navigation districts. There is no state property or income tax. The total property tax rate in 2011 was set at $2.57 per $100 valuation. A sales tax of 8.25 percent is levied.

School Facts

Galveston Independent School District serves about 6,450 students. The tax rate is $1.165 per $100 valuation, the lowest in Galveston County. The starting salary for a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree begins at $43,300, and the average teacher’s salary is $47,877.

Galveston College is a two-year community college serving over 6,000 credit students in fall, spring and summer semesters each year, and nearly 4,000 non-credit students annually.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is the ocean-oriented, branch campus of Texas A&M University offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in marine and maritime-related fields. The Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island has about 2,000 students and about 400 faculty and staff. This unique university is also home to the Texas Maritime Academy, which incorporates the academic degree programs with professional licensing for the U.S. Merchant Marine and officer training for the U.S. Navy.

The University of Texas Medical Branch serves almost 3,000 students, and 560 interns, residents and fellows are enrolled in four schools and three institutes on the 85-acre campus on the east end of Galveston Island. (www.utmb.edu)

Employment Statistics – City of Galveston
Reporting YearLabor ForceEmployedUnemployedPercent
201222,51420,7521,76278%
201122,03620,0362,00091%
201021,44719,6721,77583%
200924,95623,2261,73069%
200825,41624,1821,23449%
200725,13324,0471,08643%
200625,46924,1161,35353%
200526,17124,7071,46456%
Source: Workforce Solutions
Property Taxes, 2011
Tax rate per $100 assessed value
State of Texas$0.000000
Galveston County$0.612945
City of Galveston$0.554001
Galveston ISD$1.165000
Community College $0.189450
Navigation District$0.189450
Total$2.568014
Source: Galveston Central Appraisal District
Sales Taxes
State of Texas6.25%
Local2.00%
Total8.25%
Average Hourly Earnings
Accountants and Auditors$26.23
Postsecondary teachers$40.68
Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers$22.67
Other Teachers and Instructors$13.50
Librarians, Curators, and Archivists$22.19
Other Education, Training, and Library Occupations$13.27
Physicians and Surgeons$61.64
Registered Nurses$29.81
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians$19.70
Dental Hygienists$30.00
Police Officers$22.71
Security Guards$11.78
First-Line Supervisors/Managers, Food Preparation and Serving Workers$13.08
Food Preparation Workers$8.86
Building Cleaning Workers$9.37
Cashiers$8.21
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing$28.28
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$15.26
Receptionists and Information Clerks$11.61
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$12.55
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers $10.13
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants$15.44
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$12.78
Office Clerks, General$12.24
Carpenters$16.90
Construction Laborers$13.27
Construction Equipment Operators $15.92
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$18.85
Automotive Technicians and Repairers$15.43
Source: Workforce Solutions Occupation Report for Galveston County

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