Galveston, Texas Population 2020

50,849

Galveston is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 50,849, it is the 69th largest city in Texas and the 780th largest city in the United States. Galveston is currently growing at a rate of 0.39% annually and its population has increased by 6.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 47,743 in 2010. Galveston reached it's highest population of 67,175 in 1960. Spanning over 209 miles, Galveston has a population density of 1,236 people per square mile.

The average household income in Galveston is $68,082 with a poverty rate of 20.84%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $936 per month, and the median house value is $170,100. The median age in Galveston is 39.4 years, 38.2 years for males, and 40.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.6 males.

Galveston is located in Galveston County, where it serves as the county seat. This coastal city is found on Galveston Island and Pelican Island.

Growth of Galveston Population

The city’s population, for the most part, has grown since the first census taken in 1850. However, the population declined in 1970 before rising slightly in 1980. A pattern of decline followed according to the census data from 1990 through 2010. However, recent estimates show that the population has grown almost 6% since the last census of 2010, although the current estimate is a far cry from the peak population of 67,175 recorded in 1960.

The city was incorporated in 1839, and during its earliest history was one of the largest ports in the nation. Initially, the first Europeans to inhabit the area were pirates. The Navy took control of the area and established a port that later became the capital of the Republic of Texas.

Today, the city’s economy is centered on health care, tourism, shipping, and finance. It is also known for its historic buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Galveston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Galveston was:

  • White: 74.08%
  • Black or African American: 18.34%
  • Asian: 3.21%
  • Two or more races: 2.47%
  • Other race: 1.41%
  • Native American: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Galveston, Texas is 50,849, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 50,457.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 47,743.

Galveston, Texas Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White37,06774.08%
Black or African American9,17818.34%
Asian1,6073.21%
Two or More Races1,2342.47%
Some Other Race7041.41%
American Indian and Alaska Native2390.48%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander100.02%

Galveston Population Pyramid 2020

Galveston Median Age

39.4


Total

38.2


Male

40.7


Female

Galveston Adults

There are 41,909 adults, (7,757 of whom are seniors) in Galveston.

Galveston Age Dependency

46.5

Age Dependency Ratio

22.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Galveston Sex Ratio

Female

24,818

49.60%

Male

25,221

50.40%

Galveston Households and Families

Galveston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Galveston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.8%37.2%
All43.6%56.4%
Male35.8%64.2%
Female35.1%64.9%
Non Family32.8%67.2%

43.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,9202.243.6
Non Family10,0551.2732.8
Married7,2322.9262.8
Female2,8323.3335.1
Male8013.2935.8

2.98

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Galveston Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,2166.23%
9th to 12th Grade3,71010.43%
High School Graduate8,78524.70%
Some College7,98922.46%
Associates Degree2,5327.12%
Bachelors Degree6,17517.36%
Graduate Degree4,15811.69%

Galveston Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White18,19016,8247,393
Hispanic9,5746,6991,304
Black6,2324,689749
Asian1,1011,030739
Multiple Races748622184
Other Race46527482
Native American17914535
Islander777

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,173$36,568$28,123
Less Than High School$21,091$25,216$16,083
High School Grad$26,007$30,579$20,027
Some College$31,649$39,682$26,757
Bachelors Degree$52,478$56,315$45,542
Graduate Degree$52,845$53,006$52,279

$32,173

Average Earnings

$36,568

Average Male

$28,123

Average Female

Galveston Language

Galveston Language by Age

Galveston Language

73.74% of Galveston residents speak only English, while 26.26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.90% of the population.

Galveston Poverty

Galveston Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White21,6213,12914.47%
Hispanic14,2283,04421.39%
Black8,0572,76534.32%
Asian1,50049933.27%
Multiple1,14338934.03%
Other64810416.05%
Native1962311.73%
Islander1010100.00%

20.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.91%

Male Poverty Rate

21.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Galveston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Galveston is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Galveston is Native, with 11.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.84%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.92%
High School20.27%
Some College14.54%
Bachelors or Greater9.61%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed58.97%
Male Unemployed38.84%
Female Employed12.30%
Male Employed9.06%

Galveston Income

Galveston Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,902$68,082
Families$60,967$87,365
Married Families$76,387$105,668
Non Families$29,809$45,621

Galveston Marital Status

Galveston Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.0%

Male Marriage Rate

36.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Galveston Married by Age and Sex

Galveston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Galveston Marital Status by Race

Galveston Veterans

3,435

Number of Veterans

3,131

Male Veterans

304

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,273
Second Gulf War667
First Gulf War646
Korea214
World War II120
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,8198.99%
Black4976.78%
Hispanic4854.19%
2 or More667.47%
Other285.01%
Indian136.37%
Asian120.86%

$Galveston Veterans by Education

9.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Galveston Employment Status

57.5%

Labor Force Participation

52.9%

Employment Rate

7.3%

Unemployment Rate

Galveston Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

60.71%

Born in Texas

85.79%

Native Born

14.21%

Foreign Born

9.39%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

85.79% of Galveston residents were born in the United States, with 60.71% having been born in Texas. 9.39% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202050,8491960.39%
201950,6531960.39%
201850,457230.05%
201750,4341960.39%
201650,2384971.00%
201549,7414450.90%
201449,2966091.25%
201348,6875691.18%
201248,1185601.18%
201147,558-238-0.50%
201047,796-9,451-1.79%
200057,247-1,823-0.31%
199059,070-2,832-0.47%
198061,902930.02%
197061,809-5,366-0.83%
196067,1756070.09%
195066,5685,7060.90%
194060,8627,9241.40%
193052,9388,6831.81%
192044,2557,2741.81%
191036,981-808-0.22%
190037,7898,7052.65%
189029,0846,8362.72%
188022,2488,4304.88%
187013,8186,5116.58%
18607,3073,1305.75%
18504,1770.00%