Galveston County, TX

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2020 Population
337,600
1.42% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
37.7
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
10.9%
11.8% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$74,633
1.78% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$212,600
6.73% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
159,363
1.5% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Galveston County, TX had a population of 338k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $74,633. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Galveston County, TX grew from 332,885 to 337,600, a 1.42% increase and its median household income grew from $73,330 to $74,633, a 1.78% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Galveston County, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.7%), White (Hispanic) (18.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.3%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.87%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.36%).

None of the households in Galveston County, TX reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.7% of the residents in Galveston County, TX are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Galveston County, TX are The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1,150 degrees awarded in 2020), College of the Mainland (782 degrees), and Galveston College (598 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Galveston County, TX was $212,600, and the homeownership rate was 67.5%. Most people in Galveston County, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Galveston County, TX was 2 cars per household.

Galveston County, TX borders Brazoria County, TX, Chambers County, TX, and Harris County, TX.

Diversity

Galveston County, TX is home to a population of 338k people, from which 94.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 9.63% of Galveston County, TX residents were born outside of the country (32.5k people).

In 2020, there were 3.07 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (192k people) in Galveston County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 62.4k White (Hispanic) and 41.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Galveston County, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    192k ± 761
  2. White (Hispanic)
    62.4k ± 2.06k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    41.6k ± 748
25%
Hispanic Population
84.2k people

In 2020, there were 3.07 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (192k people) in Galveston County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 62.4k White (Hispanic) and 41.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

25% of the people in Galveston County, TX are hispanic (84.2k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Galveston County, TX as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.63%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
32.5k people
9.85%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
32.8k people

As of 2020, 9.63% of Galveston County, TX residents (32.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Galveston County, TX was 9.85%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1

In 2020, the median age of all people in Galveston County, TX was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Galveston County, TX are getting staying the same age. In 2019, the average age of all Galveston County, TX residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,484,512 ± 36,982 people
  2. India
    279,123 ± 12,908 people
  3. El Salvador
    219,615 ± 11,461 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,484,512 Texas residents, followed by India with 279,123 and El Salvador with 219,615.

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Citizenship

94.7%
2020 Citizenship
94.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.7% of Galveston County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Galveston County, TX was 94.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,652 ± 523
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,008 ± 704
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,632 ± 619

Galveston County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Texas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Texas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Texas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Texas.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Texas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Galveston County, TX is $74,633. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Galveston County, TX was Census Tract 7204 with a value of $178,287, followed by Census Tract 7202 and Census Tract 7205.01, with respective values of $115,880 and $112,500.

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,589. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Galveston County, TX employs 159k people. The largest industries in Galveston County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,665 people), Educational Services (16,608 people), and Manufacturing (16,116 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,495), Manufacturing ($88,783), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,938).

Wages

Median Household Income

$74,633
2020 value
± $1,798
1.78%
1 Year Growth
± 3.32%

Households in Galveston County, TX have a median annual income of $74,633, which is more than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $73,330 in 2019, which represents a 1.78% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$70,236
Average Male Salary in Texas
± $745
$50,589
Average Female Salary in Texas
± $558

In 2020, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.39 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Texas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Texas
  1. Asian
    $71,020 ± $2,237
  2. White
    $57,454 ± $557
  3. American Indian
    $48,111 ± $6,839

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Texas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Galveston County, TX is from Texas.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Texas
0.48
2019 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2020, the income inequality in Texas was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.474% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 7204
  2. Census Tract 7202
  3. Census Tract 7205.01

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Galveston County, TX was Census Tract 7204 with a value of $178,287, followed by Census Tract 7202 and Census Tract 7205.01, with respective values of $115,880 and $112,500.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Galveston County, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Galveston County, TX (36.2k out of 331k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    24,537 ± 1,368
  2. Hispanic
    13,137 ± 1,045
  3. Black
    7,489 ± 712

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Galveston County, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

159k
2020 Value
± 3,668
1.5%
1 Year growth
± 3.14%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Galveston County, TX grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 157k employees to 159k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Galveston County, TX, are Management Occupations (18,316 people), Sales & Related Occupations (15,635 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,063 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (18,316 people), Sales & Related Occupations (15,635 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,063 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Galveston County, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.72 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.44 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($109,530), Management Occupations ($90,305), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($88,015).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

159k
2020 Value
± 3,668
1.5%
1 Year growth
± 3.14%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Galveston County, TX grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 157k employees to 159k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Galveston County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,665 people), Educational Services (16,608 people), and Manufacturing (16,116 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Galveston County, TX, though some of these residents may live in Galveston County, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Galveston County, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,665 people), Educational Services (16,608 people), and Manufacturing (16,116 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Galveston County, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.31 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.5 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.15 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Galveston County, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,495), Manufacturing ($88,783), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,938).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $292B
  2. $210B
  3. $178B

In 2020, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Electronics with $292B, followed by Gasoline ($210B) and Fuel oils ($178B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Texas.
$2.36T
2020 Value in Texas
$4.5T
Projected 2050 Value in Texas
90.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Texas trade was $2.36T. This is expected to increase 90.9% to $4.5T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $78.1B
  2. $76.4B
  3. $74.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $78.1B, followed by California with $76.4B and Michigan and $74.9B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Galveston County, TX went to Donald J. Trump with 60.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (37.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.23%). The most partisan county was Roberts County, TX with 96.2% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Galveston County, TX
60.6% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Texas
  1. 96.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 95.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 95% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Texas was Roberts County, TX with 96.2% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Texas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Phil Gramm resigned (effective November 30, 2002) a few weeks before the expiration of his term in hopes that his successor, fellow Republican John Cornyn, could gain seniority over other newly elected senators. However, Cornyn did not gain additional seniority due to a 1980 Rules Committee policy.
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Texas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 36 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Texas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Galveston County, TX awarded 2,545 degrees. The student population of Galveston County, TX is skewed towards women, with 3,437 male students and 6,430 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Galveston County, TX are White (1,080 and 42.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (714 and 28.3%), Black or African American (341 and 13.5%), and Asian (259 and 10.3%).

The largest universities in Galveston County, TX by number of degrees awarded are The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1,150 and 45.2%), College of the Mainland (782 and 30.7%), and Galveston College (598 and 23.5%).

The most popular majors in Galveston County, TX are Registered Nursing (505 and 19.8%), General Studies (389 and 15.3%), and Medicine (215 and 8.45%).

The median tuition cost in Galveston County, TX for a public four year colleges is $4,550 for in-state students and $12,485 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 142 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 122 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 389 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Galveston County, TX was Registered Nursing with 142 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Galveston County, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,150 degrees awarded
  2. 782 degrees awarded
  3. 598 degrees awarded
$4,550
Median In-State Public

In 2020, the Galveston County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with 1,150 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

844
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,701
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 844 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Galveston County, TX, which is 0.496 times less than the 1,701 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Galveston County, TX by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,080 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    714 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    341 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Galveston County, TX was White students. These 1,080 degrees mean that there were 1.51 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 714 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Galveston County, TX was $212,600 in 2020, which is 0.925 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $199,200 to $212,600, a 6.73% increase. The homeownership rate in Galveston County, TX is 67.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Galveston County, TX have an average commute time of 27.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Galveston County, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$212,600
2020 Median
± $4,104
$199,200
2019 Median
± $3,991

In 2020, the median property value in Galveston County, TX grew to to $212,600 from the previous year's value of $199,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Galveston County, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Galveston County, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$74,633
Median Household Income
± $1,798
125k
Number of Households
± 3,008

In 2020, the median household income of the 125k households in Galveston County, TX grew to $74,633 from the previous year's value of $73,330.

The following chart displays the households in Galveston County, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Galveston County, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Galveston County, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67.5%
2020 Homeownership
67.5%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 67.5% of the housing units in Galveston County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Galveston County, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Galveston County, TX have a longer commute time (27.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.75% of the workforce in Galveston County, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (81.7%)
  2. Carpooled (7.86%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.64%)

In 2020, 81.7% of workers in Galveston County, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.86%) and those who worked at home (6.64%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Galveston County, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Galveston County, TX have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

87% of the population of Galveston County, TX has health coverage, with 52.2% on employee plans, 10.8% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 11.7% on non-group plans, and 1.6% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Texas was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Galveston County, TX see 1320 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.44% decrease from the previous year (1367 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2099 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 873 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Trinity County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (23.2%). Additionally, Burleson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,320 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Galveston County, TX

Primary care physicians in Galveston County, TX see an average of 1,320 patients per year. This represents a 3.44% decrease from the previous year (1,367 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Galveston County, TX in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Texas
$4,696
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$7,273
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,895
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13%
Uninsured
52.2%
Employer Coverage
10.8%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
11.7%
Non-Group
1.6%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Galveston County, TX declined by 6.37% from 13.9% to 13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Galveston County, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 23.2% prevalence
  2. 22.7% prevalence
  3. 22.5% prevalence

Trinity County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 23.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Texas by county over multiple years.

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