Galveston County, TX

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Population

335,036

1.7% growth

Median Age

38


Median Household Income

$70,494

8.55% growth

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Number of Employees

156,219

1.65% growth

Median Property Value

$206,400

11.8% growth

About

In 2017, Galveston County, TX had a population of 335k people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $70,494. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Galveston County, TX grew from 329,431 to 335,036, a 1.7% increase and its median household income grew from $64,939 to $70,494, a 8.55% increase.

The population of Galveston County, TX is 57.3% White Alone, 24.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 12% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Galveston County, TX speak a non-English language, and 95.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Galveston County, TX are The University of Texas Medical Branch (1,305 degrees awarded in 2016), College of the Mainland (643 degrees), and Galveston College (531 degrees).

The median property value in Galveston County, TX is $206,400, and the homeownership rate is 67.7%. Most people in Galveston County, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Galveston County, TX is 2 cars per household.

Galveston County, TX borders Harris County, TX, Brazoria County, TX, and Chambers County, TX.

Economy

The economy of Galveston County, TX employs 156k people. The largest industries in Galveston County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,847 people), Educational Services (16,486 people), and Construction (13,825 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($99,865), Manufacturing ($91,779), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($77,062).

Median household income in Galveston County, TX is $70,494. Males in Galveston County, TX have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,183. The income inequality in Galveston County, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$70,494

2017 value

± $3,067

8.55%

1 Year Growth

± 8.36%

Households in Galveston County, TX have a median annual income of $70,494, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $64,939 in 2016, which represents a 8.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$65,834

Average Male Salary

± $720

$47,183

Average Female Salary

± $513

In 2017, full-time male employees in Galveston County, TX made 1.4 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Galveston County, TX by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $66,972 ± $2,204

  2. White

    $53,020 ± $510

  3. Two or More Races

    $45,863 ± $2,727

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Galveston County, TX workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.26 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Galveston County, TX by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Galveston County, TX is from Texas.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.678% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Texas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 7204

  2. Census Tract 7203.02

  3. Census Tract 7205.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Galveston County, TX was Census Tract 7204 with a value of $150,386, followed by Census Tract 7203.02 and Census Tract 7205.03, with respective values of $119,405 and $115,666.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Galveston County, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Galveston County, TX (43.7k out of 314k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    28,347 ± 1,389

  2. Hispanic

    17,515 ± 1,218

  3. Black

    9,329 ± 751

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Galveston County, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

156k

2017 Value

± 7,910

1.65%

1 Year growth

± 7.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Galveston County, TX grew at a rate of 1.65%, from 154k employees to 156k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Galveston County, TX, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,322 people), Registered Nurses (5,828 people), and Engineers (4,325 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (13,322 people), Registered Nurses (5,828 people), and Engineers (4,325 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Galveston County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Fishing & Hunting, & Forest, Conservation, & Logging Workers (5.25 times higher than expected), Rail & Water Transportation Workers (4.2 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Technicians (4.07 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($100,196), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($82,020), and Legal Occupations ($80,704).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

156k

2017 Value

± 7,910

1.65%

1 Year growth

± 7.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Galveston County, TX grew at a rate of 1.65%, from 154k employees to 156k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Galveston County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,847 people), Educational Services (16,486 people), and Construction (13,825 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Galveston County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Galveston County, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Galveston County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,847 people), Educational Services (16,486 people), and Construction (13,825 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Galveston County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.99 times higher than expected), Construction (1.36 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Galveston County, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($99,865), Manufacturing ($91,779), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($77,062).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $282B

  2. $216B

  3. $159B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $282B, followed by Gasoline with $216B and Mixed freight and $159B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.97T

2015 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

42.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Texas trade was $1.97T. This is expected to increase 42.1% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $85.7B

  2. $53.4B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $85.7B, followed by Oklahoma with $53.4B and California and $34.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.4% of the population of Galveston County, TX has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 11.8% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 1.44% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Galveston County, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Galveston County, TX see 1395 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.87% decrease from the previous year (1482 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2336 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1043 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,395 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Galveston County, TX see an average of 1,395 patients per year. This represents a 5.87% decrease from the previous year (1,482 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Galveston County, TX in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.6%

Uninsured

53.1%

Employer Coverage

11.8%

Medicaid

10.4%

Medicare

11.6%

Non-Group

1.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Galveston County, TX declined by 13.6% from 13.5% to 11.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Galveston County, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Texas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Galveston County, TX is home to a population of 335k people, from which 95.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.42% of Galveston County, TX residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Galveston County, TX is composed of 192k White Alone residents (57.3%), 82.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (24.6%), 40.3k Black or African American Alone residents (12%), 12.2k Asian Alone residents (3.64%), 7.35k Two or More Races residents (2.19%), 656 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.196%), 261 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0779%), and 110 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0328%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Galveston County, TX are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Galveston County, TX was 38. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Galveston County, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Galveston County, TX residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.42%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.23%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 9.42% of Galveston County, TX residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Galveston County, TX was 9.23%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,536,761 ± 37,310 people

  2. India

    269,624 ± 12,687 people

  3. El Salvador

    222,793 ± 11,543 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Galveston County, TX was Mexico, the natal country of 2,536,761 Galveston County, TX residents, followed by India with 269,624 and El Salvador with 222,793.

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Citizenship

95.1%

2017 Citizenship

93.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.1% of Galveston County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Galveston County, TX was 93.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    192k ± 310

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    82.3k ± 4.45k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    40.3k ± 1.96k

In 2017, there were 2.33 times more White Alone residents (192k people) in Galveston County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 82.3k Hispanic or Latino and 40.3k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Galveston County, TX as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Galveston County, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Galveston County, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Galveston County, TX are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,646 ± 1,431

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,372 ± 1,243

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,649 ± 1,078

Galveston County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Galveston County, TX awarded 2,492 degrees. The student population of Galveston County, TX is skewed towards women, with 3,677 male students and 5,819 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Galveston County, TX are White (1,226 and 50.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (528 and 21.6%), Black or African American (349 and 14.3%), and Asian (240 and 9.81%).

The largest universities in Galveston County, TX by number of degrees awarded are The University of Texas Medical Branch (1,305 and 52.4%), College of the Mainland (643 and 25.8%), and Galveston College (531 and 21.3%).

The most popular majors in Galveston County, TX are Registered Nursing (519 and 20.8%), General Studies (308 and 12.4%), and Medicine (213 and 8.55%).

The median tuition costs in Galveston County, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,948 and $18,770 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 114 degrees awarded

  2. 308 degrees awarded

  3. 115 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Galveston County, TX was Chemical Technology with 114 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Galveston County, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,305 degrees awarded

  2. 643 degrees awarded

  3. 531 degrees awarded

$5,948

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Galveston County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Texas Medical Branch with 1,305 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

833

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,659

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 833 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Galveston County, TX, which is 0.502 times less than the 1,659 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Galveston County, TX by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,226 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    528 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    349 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Galveston County, TX were to White students. These 1,226 degrees mean that there were 2.32 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 528 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Galveston County, TX was $206,400 in 2017, which is 0.949 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $184,600 to $206,400, a 11.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Galveston County, TX is 67.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Galveston County, TX have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Galveston County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$70,494

Median Household Income

± $3,067

121k

Number of Households

± 6,208

In 2017, the median household income of the 121k households in Galveston County, TX grew to $70,494 from the previous year's value of $64,939.

The following chart displays the households in Galveston County, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$206,400

2017 Median

± $12,035

$184,600

2016 Median

± $10,834

In 2017, the median property value in Galveston County, TX grew to to $206,400 from the previous year's value of $184,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Galveston County, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Galveston County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Galveston County, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Galveston County, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67.7%

2017 Homeownership

63.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.7% of the housing units in Galveston County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Galveston County, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Galveston County, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Galveston County, TX have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

26 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Galveston County, TX have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.77% of the workforce in Galveston County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.29%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.78%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Galveston County, TX was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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