Living Here

Quality of Life Score

  • According to clrsearch.com, Galveston County scores 196 on its Quality of Life scoring rating compared to the US average of 100, meaning our Qualify of Life is double the US average!

Climate

  • On average, there are 203 sunny days per year in Galveston, Texas. The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 48.
  • Sperling's comfort index for Galveston is a 79 out of 100, where a higher score indicates a more comfortable year-around climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54, meaning Galveston is 25% more comfortable than the average US city. The comfort index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.

Healthcare

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • Oldest medical school in Texas
  • Established in 1891
  • 1 in 6 Texas physicians has trained at this school
  • 11,000 employees
  • 3,000 students
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Lead trauma center for a nine-county region
  • UTMB Hospitals in Galveston County:
    • John Sealy Hospital
      • General care teaching hospital
      • 12 stories
      • 414 beds
    • Jennie Sealy Hospital
      • Hospital serving geriatric patents
    • UTMB Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital
      • 50 inpatient beds
      • 12 PICU beds
      • 30 newborn beds
      • 42 high acuity beds
      • 6 stories
    • Rebecca Sealy Hospital
      • Regional psychiatric hospital for mental health
      • Inpatient programs for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
      • Day surgery services
    • Shriners Burn Hospital for Children
      • Care and treatment of acute burns
      • Plastic reconstructive or restorative surgery as a result of “healed” burns
      • Treatment for scarring and deformity of the face
      • 30 beds
    • UTMB Criminal Justice Hospital
      • Prison hospital
      • 172 inpatient beds
  • Academic Health Center
    • Schools of:
      • Medicine
      • Nursing
      • Health Professions
      • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Home to Galveston National Laboratory
  • Research areas:
    • Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
    • Institute for the Medical Humanities
    • Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine
    • Sealy Center for Structural Biology
    • Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
    • Center for Addiction Research
    • Educational Cancer Center
    • Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health
    • Institute for Translational Sciences
    • Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology
    • Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine
    • World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases
    • Stark Diabetes Center
    • Center for Biomedical Engineering
    • Center for Environmental Toxicology
    • Sealy Center on Aging
    • George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Sealy Center for Vaccine Development

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

John Sealy Hospital

John Sealy Hospital

Jennie Sealy Hospital

Jennie Sealy Hospital

UTMB Pediatrics and Childrens Hospital

UTMB Pediatrics and Childrens Hospital

Rebecca Sealy Hospital

Rebecca Sealy Hospital

Shriners Burn Hospital for Children

Shriners Burn Hospital for Children

UTMB Criminal Justice Hospital

UTMB Criminal Justice Hospital

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

  • 178 acute-care beds
  • 500 physicians on staff
  • 800 employees
  • Services include:
    • Breast Care Center
    • Childbirth and Women’s Services Center
    • Concussion Center
    • Emergency Services
    • Heart and Vascular Services
    • Joint Replacement Center
    • Neurology Services
    • Occupational, hand, pediatric, physical and aquatic therapies
    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Outpatient Imaging
    • Primary Care
    • Spine Program
    • Weight Management

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital

The University of Texas Medical Branch League City Campus

  • New hospital opened June 4, 2016
  • Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum unit with specialty care for moms and newborns
  • Emergency Department with 10 rooms and complete diagnostics lab
  • 20 medical/surgery patient rooms
  • 4 endoscopy suites
  • 10 operating rooms
  • 2 cardiac cauterization labs
  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Outpatient specialty care and surgical services

The University of Texas Medical Branch League City Campus

The University of Texas Medical Branch League City Campus

UTMB Medical Branch League City Campus

The University of Texas Medical Branch Women’s Healthcare - League City

  • Primary care
  • Prenatal care
  • Reconstructive surgery

The University of Texas Medical Branch Women’s Healthcare - League City

UTMB Women’s Healthcare - League City

Memorial Hermann Health System: Convenient Care Center

  • Construction on new 47,000 square foot medical facility in League City was announced in 2015.
  • Completion of the new facility is expected in 2017
  • 24-hour Emergency Room
  • Onsite imaging and lab services
  • Breast Cancer Center
  • Physical Therapy
  • Multi-specialty Care Center
  • Access to Memorial Hermann Group physicians

Memorial Hermann Health System: Convenient Care Center

Memorial Hermann Health System: Convenient Care Center

Convenient Care Center

Mainland Medical Center

  • 223-bed acute care facility
  • 725 medical staff
  • 200 physicians
  • Emergency Services with comprehensive onsite diagnostic and imaging
  • Heart and Vascular services, including general cardiology, heart surgery and chest pain evaluation and treatment
  • Women’s services, from maternity care, with labor and delivery suites and NICU, to Breast Care Center
  • General and minimally invasive surgery, including appendectomy, hernia, tonsillectomy, and more
  • Orthopedic surgery, including hip, knee, and other joint replacement procedures
  • Senior mental health treatment

Mainland Medical Center

Mainland Medical Center

Mainland Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

  • 2,000 medical staff
  • 900 doctors
  • Recently underwent a $92 million renovation and expansion
    • Renovation of both patient towers
    • Expansion of the Women and Children’s Center.
  • Breast Diagnostic Center
  • Heart and Vascular Hospital
  • Level III Emergency Room
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Center
  • Cutting-edge facilities
    • Support minimally invasive and robotic surgeries

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Universities & Colleges

Galveston County has 11,931 people employed at Colleges and Universities, 6-times the national average!

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

  • With over 11,000 employees, UTMB is the Oldest Medical School in the state of Texas.
  • Houses the Academic Health Center
  • Schools of:
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Health Professions
    • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Galveston National Laboratory
    • High security National Biocontainment Laboratory
    • Biosafety level 4 research laboratories
    • One of only 2 such facilities in the USA and the largest one in the world located on an academic campus
    • Research to defend against a bioterrorism attack
  • Research Facilities:
    • Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
    • Institute for the Medical Humanities
    • Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine
    • Sealy Center for Structural Biology
    • Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases
    • Center for Addiction Research
    • Educational Cancer Center
    • Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health
    • Institute for Translational Sciences
    • Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology
    • Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine
    • World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases
    • Stark Diabetes Center
    • Center for Biomedical Engineering
    • Center for Environmental Toxicology
    • Sealy Center on Aging
    • George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Sealy Center for Vaccine Development

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

UTMB Galveston

Galveston National Laboratory

Galveston National Laboratory

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

UTMB Hospital

Texas A&M University at Galveston

  • You can obtain both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Texas A&M in College Station.
  • Academic programs include:
    • Marine biology
    • Marine fisheries
    • Marine engineering technology
    • Marine sciences
    • Marine transportation
    • Maritime administration
    • Maritime systems engineering
    • Oceans and Coastal resources
  • Home to Texas A&M Maritime Academy
    • Trains licensed United States mariners as either Third Mates or Third Assistant Engineers through the Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, or Master of Maritime Administration and Logistics license option programs
    • Teaches practical experience in navigation, seamanship, and engineering operations
  • Minor fields of study include: Anthropology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Marine Biology, Maritime Administration, Military Studies, Ocean and Coastal Resources, Oceanography, SCUBA Diving Technology and Methods
  • PhD programs are available in Marine Biology
  • 3+2 Program
    • Undergraduate students who immediately know they wish to pursue some graduate school may benefit from this program which allows students to concurrently pursue an undergraduate and master’s degree.
    • Within 5 years, a student can receive two Texas A&M degrees (Bachelor’s and Master’s)

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Texas A&M University at Galveston

University of Houston-Clear Lake

  • Located adjacent to Galveston County
  • 90 Degree Programs:
    • 40 Bachelor’s, 40 Master’s, 2 Doctoral
  • 4 Academic Colleges:
    • College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Human Sciences & Humanities
    • College of Science & Engineering

University of Houston-Clear Lake

College of the Mainland

  • Community College
  • 3,600 students enrolled per semester
  • Dual credit classes allow students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.
  • Degree and certificate programs in the following areas:
    • Accounting
    • Business Administration
    • Child Development/Education
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Cosmetology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Drafting
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Fine Arts
    • Fire Protection Technology
    • General Studies
    • Graphic Arts
    • Health Information Management
    • Law Enforcement
    • Medical Assistant
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Safety and Health Technology
    • Office Management
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Process Technology
    • Welding Technologies
  • Graduates with technical degrees earn the highest starting salaries of any new university or college graduate in the state - $73,509 - according to a study by higher education research group College Measures.

College of the Mainland

College of the Mainland Campus

College of the Mainland Campus

Galveston College

  • Community College
  • 2,400 enrolled per semester
  • Partners with UT Medical Branch for specialized certificate programs and education tracks
  • Ranked #1 Community College in Texas by Schools.com
  • Provides the following academic transfer degrees:
    • Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Drama/Theater, Education, Engineering, English, general Studies, Health Sciences & Pre-Professional Health, Health and Physical Education, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Social Work, Speech/Communication
  • Provides the following workforce programs:
    • Computerized Tomography
    • Cosmetology
    • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement
    • Culinary Arts
    • Electrical & Electronics Technology
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
    • MRI
    • Medical Administration
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology
    • Nursing
    • Radiography
    • Radiation Therapy
    • Surgical Technology
    • Welding Technology

Galveston College

Galveston College

Galveston College

Primary & Secondary Education

Clear Creek Independent School District

  • Serves over 41,000 students
  • 5,000 staff members
  • 5 High Schools, 10 Intermediary Schools, 26 Elementary Schools, 3 Alternative Schools.
  • 3 High Schools ranked among the top high schools in the nation by US News and World Reports
  • Ranked the best large school district in the Houston Metro Area by the Houston Chronicle and Children at Risk Non-profit.
  • 2 Elementary Schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools
  • Specialty Career and Technical Education courses in a wide variety of areas, including automotive technology, biotechnology, broadband communications, robotics, metal manufacturing, and many others.
  • Visit Clear Creek ISD’s website at www.ccisd.net

Clear Creek Independent School District

Dickinson Independent School District

  • Serves 10,000 students
  • 1,350 staff members
  • 11 Schools
  • Meets the Standards of the Texas Education Agency
  • 2015-2016 College Board of Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll
  • Superior Rating in the Texas Education Agency FIRST Financial Accountability Review
  • Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Gold Member for high standards of online financial transparency.
  • Offers a wide variety of Career and Technical Education courses through partnership with the College of the Mainland, including programs in welding, certified nursing assistant, and pharmacy technician.
  • In August 2016, the district opened the Dickinson ISD STEM Academy focusing on grades fifth through sixth.
  • Visit Dickinson ISD’s website at www.dickinsonisd.org

Dickinson Independent School District

Friendswood Independent School District

  • Serves 6,100+ students
  • 800 staff members
  • 6 schools
  • Award winning: UIL Lone Star Cup, Champion Texas Academic Decathlon, Newsweek America’s Top New Schools, National School of Character, Texas Honors Circle Campus Award
  • Named as 2017 Best School District in the Houston Metro Area by Niche.
  • School board implemented a Character Ed program that led to Westwood Elementary to be named the first State School of Character.
  • Offers wide variety of STEM courses as well as a number of courses in career and technical areas through their Career and Technical Program and Project Lead the Way.
  • Visit Friendswood ISD’s website at www.myfisd.com

Friendswood Independent School District

Galveston Independent School District

  • Serves 6,700+ students
  • 1032 staff members
  • 6 Elementary Schools
  • 7 Middle Schools
  • 2 High Schools
  • Meets the Standards of the Texas Education Agency
  • Ball High School’s Robotics Team was the 2016 World Champion at the VEX Worlds competition
  • Ball High School was the first school in Texas to implement the “IncubaTOR” business entrepreneurship curriculum.
  • In partnership with Galveston College, Ball High School offers a wide variety of programs to prepare them for life after college, including dual credit courses and professional certifications through their Career and Technical Education Department.
  • Students in Galveston who attend a Galveston high school are able to take advantage of the Universal Access program, which allows them to attend Galveston College tuition free.
  • Visit Galveston ISD’s website at www.gisd.org

Galveston Independent School District

High Island Independent School District

  • 140+ students
  • 3 schools
  • 20+ Staff members
  • STEM Programs offered along with other career oriented classes through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs at the secondary level.
  • Advance Placement (AP) and College credit courses offered at the secondary level.
  • High Island High School participates in the Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program on the Bolivar Peninsula.
  • Visit High Island ISD’s website at www.highislandisd.com

High Island Independent School District

Hitchcock Independent School District

  • Serves over 1,502 students
  • 260 staff members
  • 5 schools
  • Partner with College of the Mainland in offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) course in Welding, Cosmetology, and Health Science. Also, CTE courses in Law Enforcement, Culinary Arts, Auto-Tech, Agriculture, and Business/Marketing are offered.
  • Along with extensive CTE opportunities, Dual Credit courses are offered through the College of the Mainland at a reduced cost to students with transportation to and from class provided.
  • The Hitchcock ISD Education Foundation is extremely active in providing support and funding for educational programs, activities, and scholarships. It recent years as funding has increased the results have been clear in improvements in student achievement and skill development, staff excellence, and expanded community involvement.
  • Visit Hitchcock ISD’s website at www.hitchcockisd.org

Hitchcock Independent School District

Santa Fe Independent School District

  • Serves 4,800 students
  • 635 staff members
  • 4 Schools
    • 2 Elementary Schools
    • Santa Fe Junior High
    • Santa Fe High School
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Schoolwide Program at Santa Fe Junior High and Santa Fe High School.
  • Over the past 5 years, Santa Fe ISD teachers have been awarded over $450,000 in grants.
  • Over 60 Career &Technology Education (CTE) course are over at ISD with over 1,700 students are enrolled in these courses.
    • 2CTE courses cover subject matters such Agriculture, Engineering, Health Science, Nursing, Welding, Automotive technology and numerous others.
  • Students have opportunities for Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as AP/Dual credit courses
    • 21,300+ students enrolled in Pre-Advance Placement courses
    • 800+ students enrolled in AP/Dual credit courses
  • Visit Santa Fe ISD’s website at www.sfisd.org

Santa Fe Independent School District

Texas City Independent School District

  • Serves 6,200+ students
  • 1,000 staff members
  • 14 Schools
  • TCISD Industrial Trades Center to open in 2017
    • Offers high school students courses in construction, welding and pipe-fitting, automotive technology, machining and instrumentation, and electrical technology.
  • 2015-2016 College Board of Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll
  • Offers courses and curriculum to enhance STEM education and opportunities for students through Project Lead the Way.
  • Visit Texas City ISD’s website at www.tcisd.org

Texas City Independent School District

Private Schools

  • Arcadia First Baptist Christian School
    • Grades: PK to 12
  • Bay Area Christian School
    • Grades: K-12
  • Devereux School
    • Grades: 7-12
  • O’Connell College Prep School
    • Grades: 9-12
  • Pine Drive Christian School
    • Grades: PK-12
  • Trinity Baptist Christian School
    • Grades: PK-12
  • Judah’s Tribe of Youth
    • Grades: 5-12

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: The Next Move Group