Galveston County, Texas, is where the economic power of Greater Houston meets the sea.

With a stable and diverse economy, and just 25 miles south of downtown Houston, the region is growing by more than 20,000 annually.

Supported by strong infrastructure, exceptional leadership and quality commercial developments, Galveston County is one of the top places to live in the United States.

Plus, as the coastal region of Greater Houston, we enjoy all the benefits of living in the fifth largest city in the US, while enjoying a coastal Texas experience.

Our infrastructure supports an exceptional community and an extraordinary quality of life.

Our natural location includes Galveston Bay on our east, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Intercoastal Waterway on our south, and Houston on our north.

Galveston County has a world-class transportation infrastructure that incorporates an interstate, state highways, two deep-water ports, four railroads, and a local airport. (The county is also served by Hobby Airport, and Ellington Spaceport immediately to our north.)

The region’s low cost of business includes electric rates that are 10 percent below the national average, with unionization and unemployment insurance among the lowest in the U.S.

Galveston County boasts an educated and talented workforce, with 90 percent of working adults having high school diplomas and 30 percent with Bachelors degrees or higher.

What’s more, twelve thousand people in the county work at our colleges and universities — six times the national average!

Recruiting your desired workforce is easier here, with internationally-renown culture and recreation.

Your employees’ can stretch their dollar further in Galveston County with an affordable cost of living — nearly 8 percent lower than the national average.


We respect that your firm has specific needs and the Galveston County Economic Development is here to help.

Whether you’re a manufacturer that needs logistical access to our ports, or if you’re a financial firm that seeks a pipeline of talent, Galveston County offers myriad cost-effective locations.

For site location projects, Galveston County is the single point of contact for the process. From the very start, we can assist your real estate search throughout our localities, adding value to the search at no cost to your bottom line.