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.