Galveston is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Texas. With a population of 50,180 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Galveston is the 63rd largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Galveston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Galveston is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Galveston who work in office and administrative support (12.50%), food service (10.51%), and sales jobs (9.60%).
Galveston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In terms of college education, Galveston is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.58% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Galveston in 2010 was $26,665, which is upper middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,660 for a family of four. However, Galveston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Galveston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Galveston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Galveston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Galveston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Galveston include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Galveston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.