Galveston, Texas Population 2021

50,546
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Galveston is a city located in Galveston County Texas. It is also the county seat of Galveston County. With a 2020 population of 50,546, it is the 71st largest city in Texas and the 782nd largest city in the United States . Galveston is currently growing at a rate of 0.10% annually and its population has increased by 5.87% 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 1,229 people per square mile.

The average household income in Galveston is $70,546 with a poverty rate of 19.91%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $991 per month, and the median house value is $182,800. The median age in Galveston is 38.9 years, 38.1 years for males, and 40 years for females.

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: 76.18%
  • Black or African American: 16.92%
  • Asian: 2.84%
  • Two or more races: 2.48%
  • Other race: 1.08%
  • Native American: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Galveston, Texas is 50,546 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 50,396.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 47,743.

Galveston, Texas Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White38,27476.18%
Black or African American8,50016.92%
Asian1,4252.84%
Two or More Races1,2462.48%
Some Other Race5411.08%
American Indian and Alaska Native2420.48%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander130.03%
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Galveston Population by Race

Galveston Population Pyramid $2021

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Galveston Median Age

38.9


Total

38.1


Male

40


Female

Galveston Adults

There are 41,644 adults, (8,255 of whom are seniors) in Galveston.

Galveston Age Dependency

50.5

Age Dependency Ratio

24.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Galveston Sex Ratio

Female

24,940

49.64%

Male

25,301

50.36%

Galveston Population by Age

Galveston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Galveston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.6%37.4%
All43.9%56.1%
Female35%65%
Male34.6%65.4%
Non Family33.5%66.5%

43.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Galveston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All20,7562.2443.9
Non Family9,6491.2833.5
Married7,2312.9562.6
Female3,0033.335
Male8733.4334.6

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Average Family Size

2.24

Average Household Size

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Galveston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,2186.29%
9th to 12th Grade3,2389.19%
High School Graduate8,76724.88%
Some College8,09122.96%
Associates Degree2,6367.48%
Bachelors Degree6,32117.94%
Graduate Degree3,97111.27%
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Galveston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Galveston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White18,84617,4907,563
Hispanic9,3676,6571,289
Black5,6974,453719
Asian858796584
2+ Races689559171
Other Race36623358
Native American18013739
Islander999

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%.

Galveston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,309$39,986$29,911
Less Than 9th Grade$21,366$25,966$15,384
High School Graduate$28,724$32,287$23,313
Some College$32,465$41,690$28,389
Bachelors Degree$52,228$56,400$47,056
Graduate Degree$54,078$54,480$53,429

$34,309

Average Earnings

$39,986

Average Male

$29,911

Average Female

Galveston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Galveston Language by Age

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Galveston Language

73.52% of Galveston residents speak only English, while 26.48% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 21.19% of the population.

Galveston Language

Galveston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic14,3753,20522.30%
White22,6092,97913.18%
Black7,5832,35131.00%
Asian1,31050238.32%
Multiple1,17248541.38%
Other5178516.44%
Native2143114.49%
Islander1313100.00%

19.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.31%

Male Poverty Rate

20.48%

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 White, with 13.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.68%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.54%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.27%.

Galveston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade22.60%
High School18.66%
Some College14.12%
Bachelors or Greater8.53%

Galveston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.32%
Male Unemployed31.14%
Female Employed11.70%
Male Employed9.19%

Galveston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Galveston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,319$70,546
Families$62,835$87,964
Married Families$80,275$106,897
Non Families$32,593$47,825
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Income by Household Type

Galveston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

37.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.4%

Male Marriage Rate

37.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Galveston Married by Age and Sex

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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 55-64.

Galveston Marital Status by Race

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Galveston Marital Status

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3,390

Number of Veterans

3,131

Male Veterans

259

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,206
Second Gulf War689
First Gulf War671
Korea223
World War II101

Galveston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74837
55 to 64767
35 to 54704
75+604
18 to 34478

Galveston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,7548.60%
Hispanic5454.80%
Black5347.91%
2+ Races354.07%
Other Race266.06%
Asian211.74%
Native American2010.53%

Galveston Veterans by Race

Galveston Veterans by Education

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9.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.28%

Veteran Disability Rate

Galveston Veterans by Education

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58.2%

Labor Force Participation

53.6%

Employment Rate

7.2%

Unemployment Rate

Galveston Employment by Age

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Galveston Employment by Race

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Galveston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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61.17%

Born in Galveston

86.42%

Native Born

13.58%

Foreign Born

8.94%

Non Citizen

4.64%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

86.42% of Galveston residents were born in the United States, with 61.17% having been born in Texas. 8.94% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Galveston Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202150,546500.10%
202050,496500.10%
201950,446500.10%
201850,396-173-0.34%
201750,5693830.76%
201650,1864951.00%
201549,6914400.89%
201449,2515931.22%
201348,6585581.16%
201248,1005451.15%
201147,555-238-0.50%
201047,793-9,454-1.79%
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%

Galveston Population by Year