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Galveston is a city in Galveston County, in the Houston-Baytown metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after County Bernardo de G?lvez, governor of Louisiana and viceroy of New Spain (Mexico).

The latitude of Galveston is 29.301N. The longitude is -94.797W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 56,667.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$28,895
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Galveston demographic reports
Galveston is a barrier reef island on the Gulf of Mexico.
Pirate Jean Laffite lived here in the early 19th century.

Gail Borden, later the inventor of condensed milk, unsuccessfully tried to wipe out yellow fever here through refrigeration, after his wife and son died of the disease

Public transportation: Island Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 479. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 8.3 per 1,000 people.
Galveston received national attention for a 1900 storm, which killed some 6,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Barry White, singer
· Valerie Perrine, actress
· Larry Coryell, guitarist
· Katherine Helmond, actress
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 26-27, 2007
  • Seaside Treasure Festival - Nov. 17, 2007
  • Featherfest - March 29-April 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check Galveston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Galveston Symphony Orchestra, Strand Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Galveston Island State Park, Stewart Beach Park, R.A. Apffell Park
Galveston attractions: Moody Gardens
Popular site for deep-sea fishing
Historic sites and museums: Texas Seaport Museum, Railroad Museum, Galveston County Museum, Mardi Gras Museum
Colleges and universities: Texas A&M University, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 168
Songs:
· "Galveston" (Glen Campbell)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Galveston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Galveston County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Galveston area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 77550 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Galveston residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Galveston ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Galveston was $18,275, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

24% of Galveston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Galveston festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Galveston include East End Historic District, Strand Historic District, Strand Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Galveston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $452.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $929.


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Libraries

Libraries in Galveston include Rosenberg Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Galveston include Galveston County Daily News

TV stations in Galveston include KLTJ, KTMD.

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Politics

Galveston County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Galveston political report.

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Galveston restaurants taking online reservations include M & M Restaurant, Saltwater Grill ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Galveston workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 16 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Galveston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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