Economic Development 

Galveston Island is the employment center of Galveston County. Galveston's convenient location along the Texas Gulf Coast, has allowed the city to become the economic engine it is today. Businesses locating to Galveston will benefit from the investment in infrastructure, a trained and diverse workforce, world renowned healthcare facilities, excellent centers of education, and an unmatched quality of life.     

Galveston known as the "Port and Playground of the South" offers a rich history. Since its settlement, Galveston has been at the epicenter of Texas history. During the Texas Revolution, Galveston served as the main port city for the Texas Navy. In 1836, Galveston served as the capital of the Republic of Texas when President David G. Burnet decided to relocate his government to the island. During the Civil War, the famous Battle of Galveston occurred on January 1, 1863. Galveston Island witnessed the worst natural disaster in American history with the great 1900 storm. The storm led to the construction of the 16' high seawall, which still stands today. The rebuilding ushered in a new era for Galveston, emerging as a major destination as it is today.      

Steeped in history, while building on its foundation of innovation and entrepreneurship, Galveston continues to grow, diversify, and expand its importance in the Greater Houston Area, and its value as a place to live, work, and play. 

Galveston Highlights

  • Population:
    • 50,550
  • Property Tax Rate:
    • $0.561
  • Location
    • 30 minutes south of Houston
    • 35 miles from Hobby Airport
    • Located along the Gulf of Mexico
  • Major Industries
    • Education and Healthcare 
    • Maritime
    • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Visitor Metrics
    • 7 Million Annual Visitors 
    • $833M Total Visitor Spending
  • Construction Permits 2018
    • Commercial: 162
    • Residential 915
    • Electrical: 818
  1. Garrett McLeod

    Economic Development Coordinator