County is home to a population of 250,158.
The County is located in the state of Texas. This county is
part of the Houston Metropolitan Area. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,261 km˛ (873
mi˛). 1,032 km˛ (398 mi˛) of it is land and 1,229 km˛ (474
mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 54.35% water. Its
county seat is Galveston6.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 94,782 households, and
66,157 families residing in the county. The population density
is 242/km˛ (628/mi˛). There are 111,733 housing units at an
average density of 108/km˛ (280/mi˛). The racial makeup of the
county is 72.69% White, 15.44% Black or African American,
0.47% Native American, 2.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander,
7.18% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races.
17.96% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any
There are 94,782 households out of which 33.80% have
children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% are
married couples living together, 13.10% have a female
householder with no husband present, and 30.20% are
non-families. 25.10% of all households are made up of
individuals and 8.10% have someone living alone who is 65
years of age or older. The average household size is 2.60 and
the average family size is 3.12.
The median income for a household in the county is $42,419,
and the median income for a family is $51,435. Males have a
median income of $41,406 versus $28,703 for females. The per
capita income for the county is $21,568. 13.20% of the
population and 10.10% of families are below the poverty line.
Out of the total population, 17.60% of those under the age of
18 and 10.20% of those 65 and older are living below the
Adjacent counties include the following: Harris
County, Chambers County, Gulf of
Mexico, and Brazoria