Galveston, TX

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Population

49,706

0.532% growth

Median Age

38.5


Median Household Income

$42,486

0.64% growth

Poverty Rate

22.6%


Number of Employees

22,029

1.92% growth

Median Property Value

$163,300

5.76% growth

About

In 2017, Galveston, TX had a population of 49.7k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $42,486. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Galveston, TX grew from 49,443 to 49,706, a 0.532% increase and its median household income grew from $42,216 to $42,486, a 0.64% increase.

The population of Galveston, TX is 45.9% White Alone, 28.7% Hispanic or Latino, and 20% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Galveston, TX speak a non-English language, and 90.8% are U.S. citizens.

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

The median property value in Galveston, TX is $163,300, and the homeownership rate is 42.6%. Most people in Galveston, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Galveston, TX is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Galveston, TX employs 22k people. The largest industries in Galveston, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,931 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,421 people), and Educational Services (2,635 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($95,893), Wholesale Trade ($58,700), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,036).

Median household income in Galveston, TX is $42,486. Males in Galveston, TX have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Galveston, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,486

2017 value

± $2,381

0.64%

1 Year Growth

± 7.31%

Households in Galveston, TX have a median annual income of $42,486, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,216 in 2016, which represents a 0.64% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953

Average Male Salary

± $716

$45,959

Average Female Salary

± $514

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.41 times more than female 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

    $64,947 ± $2,196

  2. White

    $52,072 ± $505

  3. American Indian

    $45,538 ± $7,571

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.139% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less 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 7255

  2. Census Tract 7260

  3. Census Tract 7257

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Galveston, TX was Census Tract 7255 with a value of $89,911, followed by Census Tract 7260 and Census Tract 7257, with respective values of $80,750 and $69,432.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

22.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Galveston, TX (10.4k out of 45.9k 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 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    6,046 ± 504

  2. Hispanic

    3,445 ± 376

  3. Black

    3,312 ± 366

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Galveston, 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

22k

2017 Value

± 892

1.92%

1 Year growth

± 5.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Galveston, TX grew at a rate of 1.92%, from 21.6k employees to 22k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Galveston, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,529 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,466 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,142 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Galveston, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Galveston, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,529 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,466 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,142 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Galveston, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.01 times higher than expected), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.91 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.63 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Galveston, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($72,372), Legal Occupations ($66,950), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($58,393).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22k

2017 Value

± 892

1.92%

1 Year growth

± 5.61%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Galveston, TX grew at a rate of 1.92%, from 21.6k employees to 22k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Galveston, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,931 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,421 people), and Educational Services (2,635 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Galveston, TX, though some of these residents may live in Galveston, 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, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,931 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,421 people), and Educational Services (2,635 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Galveston, TX has an unusually high number of Accommodation & Food Services (2.04 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.86 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.76 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Galveston, TX, by median earnings, are Utilities ($95,893), Wholesale Trade ($58,700), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($58,036).

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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 ($216B) and Mixed freight ($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

78.9% of the population of Galveston, TX has health coverage, with 37.6% on employee plans, 15.7% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.78% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Galveston, TX see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 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

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1,670 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

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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

21.1%

Uninsured

37.6%

Employer Coverage

15.7%

Medicaid

11.3%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.78%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Galveston, TX declined by 3.66% from 21.9% to 21.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Galveston, 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, TX is home to a population of 49.7k people, from which 90.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 13.7% of Galveston, TX residents were born outside of the country (6.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Galveston, TX is composed of 22.8k White Alone residents (45.9%), 14.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (28.7%), 9.96k Black or African American Alone residents (20%), 1.57k Asian Alone residents (3.15%), 825 Two or More Races residents (1.66%), 197 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.396%), 46 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0925%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.7

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Galveston, TX was 38.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Galveston, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Galveston, TX residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.8k people

13.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

6.87k people

As of 2017, 13.7% of Galveston, TX residents (6.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Galveston, TX was 13.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,547,886 ± 37,324 people

  2. India

    231,271 ± 11,757 people

  3. El Salvador

    200,904 ± 10,964 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Texas residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

90.8%

2017 Citizenship

90.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.8% of Galveston, TX residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Galveston, TX was 90.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    22.8k ± 963

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    14.3k ± 996

  3. Black or African American Alone

    9.96k ± 818

In 2017, there were 1.6 times more White Alone residents (22.8k people) in Galveston, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.3k Hispanic or Latino and 9.96k 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, 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, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Galveston, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Galveston, 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

    1,272 ± 205

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    504 ± 153

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    422 ± 102

Galveston, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Galveston, TX awarded 1,836 degrees. The student population of Galveston, TX is skewed towards women, with 1,953 male students and 3,525 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Galveston, TX are White (889 and 49.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (371 and 20.7%), Asian (220 and 12.2%), and Black or African American (215 and 12%).

The largest universities in Galveston, TX by number of degrees awarded are The University of Texas Medical Branch (1,305 and 71.1%) and Galveston College (531 and 28.9%).

The most popular majors in Galveston, TX are Registered Nursing (448 and 24.4%), Medicine (213 and 11.6%), and Physician Assistant (168 and 9.15%).

The median tuition costs in Galveston, 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. 19 degrees awarded

  2. 402 degrees awarded

  3. 61 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Galveston, TX was Respiratory Care Therapist with 19 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,305 degrees awarded

  2. 531 degrees awarded

$5,948

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Galveston, 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

550

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,286

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 550 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Galveston, TX, which is 0.428 times less than the 1,286 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    889 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    371 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    220 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Galveston, TX were to White students. These 889 degrees mean that there were 2.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 371 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Galveston, TX was $163,300 in 2017, which is 0.75 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $154,400 to $163,300, a 5.76% increase. The homeownership rate in Galveston, TX is 42.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Galveston, TX have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Galveston, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$42,486

Median Household Income

± $2,381

20.7k

Number of Households

± 789

In 2017, the median household income of the 20.7k households in Galveston, TX grew to $42,486 from the previous year's value of $42,216.

The following chart displays the households in Galveston, 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$163,300

2017 Median

± $3,851

$154,400

2016 Median

± $4,347

In 2017, the median property value in Galveston, TX grew to to $163,300 from the previous year's value of $154,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Galveston, 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, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

42.6%

2017 Homeownership

42.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 42.6% of the housing units in Galveston, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 42.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Galveston, 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, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Galveston, TX have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Galveston, TX have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.76% of the workforce in Galveston, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    71.1%

  2. Carpooled

    10.4%

  3. Walked

    6.47%

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

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