Population: 49,443Median home value: $154,400 77 Ranks better than 89% of areas
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A+ Galveston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Galveston Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than Texas
937% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Galveston cost of living
F Galveston Crime Total crime is 34% higher than Texas
Total crime
4,01246% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2546% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Galveston crime
D- Galveston Employment Household income is 23% lower than Texas
Median household income
$42,21624% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,3668% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%21% higher than the US average
Galveston employment
C Galveston Housing Home value is 8% higher than Texas
Median home value
$154,40016% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8659% lower than the US average
Home ownership
43%33% lower than the US average
Galveston real estate or Galveston rentals
B Galveston Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
62%25% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Galveston K-12 schools or Galveston colleges

Living in Galveston, TX

Galveston, Texas is a mid-sized city with a population of 49,443 people. The majority of Galveston residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Galveston are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 21% of the population also speak Spanish.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Galveston, Texas could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Galveston and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Texas and national averages.

With a livability score of 78/100, Galveston is ranked #3,001 in the United States and #564 in Texas. This is a fantastic score, as Galveston ranks well in multiple categories! Based on the rankings for each individual category, Galveston has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B-), weather (A-) and education (B). Galveston does not score well for the following: crime (F) and employment (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Galveston on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Galveston: Galveston - Port Bolivar Ferry, The Strand, and The Seawall.

Assuming that Galveston meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Galveston. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Galveston are simply unattainable. The median home price for Galveston homes is $154,400, which is 8.2% higher than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Galveston, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 42.3% higher than the Texas average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Galveston area were 20.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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My husband an I moved down to galveston tx an wish we never did the area is very dirty an a lot of people are very rude the jobs suck an everything is very over prices.
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Galveston, Texas - Clean & Lots To Do

I went on a spring break trip to Galveston, TX in 2009. Galveston is a popular spring break destination for college kids and twenty-somethings, especially southern kids who don't want to travel all the way to Cancun or Florida. After making a few trips to Panama City, another popular spring break spot, I can confidently say that Galveston is actually quite clean for a spring break destination and is a little more relaxed during the spring break season than other places. We stayed at the Quality Inn and Suites but there are nicer hotels for the non-spring break crowd, such as the The Tremont House, which is a Wyndham hotel. The downtown area of Galveston is very nice, and historic looking and has lots of surprisingly cute shops and restaurants.

If you're looking for the best place to eat in the area, definitely visit La King's Confectionery, every local and tourist will tell you the same thing, and if you can sit through the wait to get in it's well worth it. There are a lot of things to do on the beach as well, from dolphin tours to banana boat rides, theres enough to keep families entertained for a full week. Overall, as far as spring break destinations go, this is one of the best, especially if you're looking for a fun time but are still passed that college age group.
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