Galveston is a unique and historic place to live, work, and play.

Founded in 1839, Galveston is a community rich in history and opportunity. It is often referred to as Texas’ Playground but it is that and so much more. It is also an important component in the economic engine of the Gulf coast.

Galveston has a diverse economic base featuring tourism, medical, financial services, port access to the Gulf of Mexico, and international air services to the rest of the world. Over 6.5 million people visit Galveston Island each year, which is not surprising since the Port of Galveston is the 4th largest Cruise Port in the United States.

There are three higher education institutions located in the City of Galveston; Texas A&M Galveston, University of Texas Medical Branch (the oldest medical school west of the Mississippi River), and Galveston College.

Galveston’s 32 miles of beaches, historic downtown district, year-round cruise terminal and numerous attractions and special events sustain its bustling tourism industry. Galveston’s quality of place and diversity, in both its people and its industries, create an abundance of growth opportunities.

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