Galveston County, TX

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2019 Population
342,139
1.26% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
38.2
1.06% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
12.4%
5.82% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$74,977
1.54% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$222,200
9.84% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
165,946
3.38% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Galveston County, TX had a population of 342k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $74,977. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Galveston County, TX grew from 337,890 to 342,139, a 1.26% increase and its median household income grew from $73,840 to $74,977, a 1.54% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Galveston County, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.7%), White (Hispanic) (22.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.4%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.4%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2%). 0% of the households in Galveston County, TX speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

93.9% 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 (1,267 degrees awarded in 2019), College of the Mainland (868 degrees), and Galveston College (707 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Galveston County, TX was $222,200, and the homeownership rate was 67.7%. Most people in Galveston County, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.7 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 342k people, from which 93.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 9.59% of Galveston County, TX residents were born outside of the country (32.8k people).

In 2019, there were 2.49 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (194k people) in Galveston County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 78k White (Hispanic) and 42.5k 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)
    194k ± 234
  2. White (Hispanic)
    78k ± 2.89k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    42.5k ± 2.72k
25.4%
Hispanic Population
86.9k people

In 2019, there were 2.49 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (194k people) in Galveston County, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 78k White (Hispanic) and 42.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

25.4% of the people in Galveston County, TX are hispanic (86.9k 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

9.59%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
32.8k people
9.5%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
32.1k people

As of 2019, 9.59% of Galveston County, TX residents (32.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Galveston County, TX was 9.5%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

37
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.8
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.4

In 2019, the median age of all people in Galveston County, TX was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Galveston County, TX are getting getting older. In 2018, 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
    2,429,667 ± 36,631 people
  2. India
    295,205 ± 13,271 people
  3. El Salvador
    240,462 ± 11,989 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,429,667 Texas residents, followed by India with 295,205 and El Salvador with 240,462.

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Citizenship

93.9%
2019 Citizenship
93.8%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 93.9% of Galveston County, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Galveston County, TX was 93.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    7,842 ± 1,297
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,726 ± 1,380
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,834 ± 1,313

Galveston County, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.37 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.

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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 $74,977. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Galveston County, TX was Census Tract 7204 with a value of $194,934, followed by Census Tract 7203.02 and Census Tract 7212.02, with respective values of $131,827 and $129,461.

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,216. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.477, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Galveston County, TX employs 166k people. The largest industries in Galveston County, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,005 people), Educational Services (21,874 people), and Manufacturing (15,547 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($100,684), Manufacturing ($88,207), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,980).

Wages

Median Household Income

$74,977
2019 value
± $6,212
1.54%
1 Year Growth
± 10.3%

Households in Galveston County, TX have a median annual income of $74,977, which is more than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $73,840 in 2018, which represents a 1.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,763
Average Male Salary in Texas
± $711
$50,216
Average Female Salary in Texas
± $564

In 2019, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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. Alaska Native
    $71,002 ± $51,672
  2. Asian
    $70,200 ± $2,161
  3. White
    $55,818 ± $520

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Alaska Native. These workers were paid 1.01 times more than Asian 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.
0.477
2019 Wage GINI in Texas
0.479
2018 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2019, the income inequality in Texas was 0.477 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.511% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more 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 7203.02
  3. Census Tract 7212.02

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Galveston County, TX was Census Tract 7204 with a value of $194,934, followed by Census Tract 7203.02 and Census Tract 7212.02, with respective values of $131,827 and $129,461.

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 Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Galveston County, TX (40.5k out of 326k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    29,060 ± 1,454
  2. Hispanic
    15,286 ± 1,069
  3. Black
    7,970 ± 751

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

166k
2019 Value
± 8,524
3.38%
1 Year growth
± 6.73%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Galveston County, TX grew at a rate of 3.38%, from 161k employees to 166k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Galveston County, TX, are Management Occupations (17,618 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,319 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,149 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 (17,618 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,319 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,149 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 (1.5 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.49 times), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Galveston County, TX, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($113,004), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($103,337), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($88,868).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

166k
2019 Value
± 8,524
3.38%
1 Year growth
± 6.73%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Galveston County, TX grew at a rate of 3.38%, from 161k employees to 166k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Galveston County, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (23,005 people), Educational Services (21,874 people), and Manufacturing (15,547 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 (23,005 people), Educational Services (21,874 people), and Manufacturing (15,547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Galveston County, TX has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.91 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.68 times), and Educational Services (1.41 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 ($100,684), Manufacturing ($88,207), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,980).

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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. $358B
  2. $332B
  3. $284B

In 2018, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $358B, followed by Crude petroleum ($332B) and Gasoline ($284B).

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.
$2.8T
2018 Value in Texas
$5.07T
Projected 2045 Value in Texas
81.2% growth

In 2018, total outbound Texas trade was $2.8T. This is expected to increase 81.2% to $5.07T by 2045.

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. $97.6B
  2. $67.7B
  3. $60.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $97.6B, followed by Michigan with $67.7B and California and $60.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Galveston County, TX went to Donald J. Trump with 60% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (35.5%), followed by Other (4.47%). The most partisan county was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Galveston County, TX
60% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Texas
  1. 94.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 93.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 92% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Texas was Roberts County, TX with 94.6% 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
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 2019, universities in Galveston County, TX awarded 2,857 degrees. The student population of Galveston County, TX is skewed towards women, with 3,783 male students and 6,578 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Galveston County, TX are White (1,301 and 46%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (793 and 28%), Black or African American (368 and 13%), and Asian (225 and 7.96%).

The largest universities in Galveston County, TX by number of degrees awarded are The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1,267 and 44.3%), College of the Mainland (868 and 30.4%), and Galveston College (707 and 24.7%).

The most popular majors in Galveston County, TX are Registered Nursing (523 and 18.3%), General Studies (376 and 13.2%), and Medicine (237 and 8.3%).

The median tuition cost in Galveston County, TX for a public four year colleges is $4,161 for in-state students and $11,923 for out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 122 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 120 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 376 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Galveston County, TX was Registered Nursing with 122 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. 1,267 degrees awarded
  2. 868 degrees awarded
  3. 707 degrees awarded
$4,161
Median In-State Public

In 2019, the Galveston County, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with 1,267 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,039
Degrees Awarded to Men
1,818
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,039 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Galveston County, TX, which is 0.572 times less than the 1,818 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender 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
    1,301 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    793 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    368 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Galveston County, TX was White students. These 1,301 degrees mean that there were 1.64 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 793 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Galveston County, TX was $222,200 in 2019, which is 0.924 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $202,300 to $222,200, a 9.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Galveston County, TX is 67.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Galveston County, TX have an average commute time of 25.7 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

$222,200
2019 Median
± $8,561
$202,300
2018 Median
± $8,579

In 2019, the median property value in Galveston County, TX grew to to $222,200 from the previous year's value of $202,300.

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 $200k - $250k 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.
$74,977
Median Household Income
± $6,212
127k
Number of Households
± 6,962

In 2019, the median household income of the 127k households in Galveston County, TX grew to $74,977 from the previous year's value of $73,840.

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

67.7%
2019 Homeownership
68%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 67.7% of the housing units in Galveston County, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Galveston County, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Galveston County, TX have a shorter commute time (25.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 2.12% 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 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.19%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.48%)

In 2019, 82.1% of workers in Galveston County, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.19%) and those who worked at home (5.48%).

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

85.8% of the population of Galveston County, TX has health coverage, with 52.7% on employee plans, 9.58% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 2.26% 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

14.2%
Uninsured
52.7%
Employer Coverage
9.58%
Medicaid
11%
Medicare
10.2%
Non-Group
2.26%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Galveston County, TX declined by 8.54% from 15.5% to 14.2%.

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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