Barrier reef island, 32 miles long, two miles wide.
50 miles south of Houston, Texas
City council-manager system. Six council members elected from single-member districts and mayor elected-at-large.
Semitropical; averaging 57 degrees F in winter months and 81 degrees F in summer months.
More than 50 churches and two synagogues representing every major religious denomination.
The integrated health care network of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) includes eight on-campus hospitals and a network of 143 campus- and community-based specialty and primary care clinics; Shriners Burns Institute, a $40 million facility for the care of severely burned children, affiliated with UTMB.
Galveston Independent School District covers 94.82 square miles, including all of Galveston Island and a portion of the Bolivar Peninsula. The district has nine elementary schools, three middle schools, one high school and an alternative school. There are eight private schools on Galveston Island.
Texas A&M University at Galveston; Galveston College; University of Texas Medical Branch (four schools and two institutes).
Taxes are paid in the City of Galveston to five entities city, county, school district, community college and navigation district. There is no state property or income tax. The Tax Rate is 54.72 cents per $100 of assessed value.