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Galveston, Texas

Full nameCity of Galveston
Official nameCity of Galveston
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
TypeCouncil � manager
MayorLyda Ann Thomas
Total Area208.3 sq mi (539.6 km2)
Land Area46.1 sq mi (119.5 km2)
Water Area162.2 sq mi (420.1 km2)
Elevation7 ft (2.1 m)
Total Population57466 (2005)
Density (pop.)478.9/km2 (1240.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes77550-77555
Area code409
FIPS code48-28068 
GNIS feature ID1377745 

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Galveston ( ) is a coastal city located on Galveston Island in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2005 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a total population of 57,466 within an area of 208 sqmi (538.7 km2). Located within the Houston � Sugar Land � Baytown metropolitan area, the city is the seat and second-largest city of Galveston County in population.

Named after Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez, Galveston's first European settlements on the island were constructed around 1816. The Port of Galveston was established in 1825 by the Congress of Mexico following its successful revolution from Spain. The city served as the main port for the Texas Navy during the Texas Revolution and later served as the capital of the Republic of Texas.

During the 19th century, Galveston became a major U.S. commercial center and one of the largest ports in the United States. Galveston is known for the hurricane that devastated the city in 1900. The natural disaster that followed still counts as the most deadly in American history.

Much of Galveston's modern economy is centered in the tourism, health care, shipping and financial industries. The 84 acre (339935.9 m2) University of Texas Medical Branch campus with an enrollment of more than 2,500 students is a major economic force of the city. Galveston is home to six historic districts containing one of the largest and historically significant collections of nineteenth-century buildings with over 60 structures listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Galveston man OK after shark bite last month - Houston Chronicle Tweet this news
Houston Chronicle---Galveston- Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis told the Houston Chronicle that the man was surfing June 28 when the shark bit his foot. ... - Date : Sat, 10 Jul 2010 01:12:23 GMT+00:00
25th Citizens Police Academy Class graduates - Family Badge Tweet this news
Family Badge---GALVESTON-, -Texas- - Thursday at the Galveston City Council meeting the Galveston Police Department graduated it's 25th Citizens Police Academy. ... - Date : Fri, 09 Jul 2010 20:56:41 GMT+00:00
Carlson Continues Expansion of Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM) With ... - PR Newswire (press release) Tweet this news
PR Newswire (press release)---GALVESTON-, -Texas-, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlson, a privately-held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced the further expansion of Country ... - Date : Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:01:23 GMT+00:00
Scientists puzzled by substance washing onto beach - Daily News - Galveston County Tweet this news
Daily News - Galveston County---...- for the -Texas- General Land Office's oil spill response unit, has said. T&T Marine Salvage crews, charged with cleaning oil from -Galveston- area beaches, ... - Date : Sat, 10 Jul 2010 04:28:29 GMT+00:00
Research reveals African-American health barriers - Daily News - Galveston County Tweet this news
Daily News - Galveston County--By University of -Texas- Medical Branch A study undertaken by -Galveston- Island Community Research Advisory Committee and the University of -Texas- Medical ... - Date : Sat, 10 Jul 2010 04:36:49 GMT+00:00
Juneteenth celebrates freedom - The South Florida Times Tweet this news
The South Florida Times--It was June 19th, 1865 when Union Soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed in -Galveston-, -Texas- with the news that enslaved Africans were now ... - Date : Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:33:47 GMT+00:00
Houston gas prices drop for seventh week - Houston Business Journal Tweet this news
Houston Business Journal--The average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline dropped 3 cents to $2.55 in Houston, according to the AAA -Texas- Fuel Gauge Report. -Galveston- ... - Date : Fri, 11 Jun 2010 17:23:27 GMT+00:00
Houston man acquitted in Mardi Gras beads injury - Houston Chronicle Tweet this news
Houston Chronicle--© 2010 AP -GALVESTON-, -Texas- � A jury in Galveston has acquitted a man accused of hitting a woman with a cantaloupe-size bag of Mardi Gras beads dropped from ... - Date : Wed, 09 Jun 2010 14:40:43 GMT+00:00
Three cleanup workers arrested on outstanding warrants - WWL Tweet this news
WWL--James "Crazy" Mulkey, 29, of 1803 Oak St., Lamarque, -Texas-, fugitive from -Galveston- County, -Texas-, narcotics felony theft. -- Shane Austin Tracy, 42, ... - Date : Fri, 11 Jun 2010 17:57:01 GMT+00:00
UTMB gets $5.8M grant to study aging - Houston Business Journal Tweet this news
Houston Business Journal--The University of -Texas- Medical Branch at -Galveston's- Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center has received a renewal of a $5.8 million grant ... - Date : Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:02:05 GMT+00:00

Galveston, Texas

NewspapersThe Galveston County Daily News
TelevisionKLTJ (Daystar) * KTMD (Telemundo)
VHF RadioKHB40

Municipalities and communities of Galveston County, Texas

County seat: Galveston
CitiesBayou Vista * Clear Lake Shores * Dickinson * Friendswood � * Galveston * Hitchcock * Jamaica Beach * Kemah * La Marque * League City � * Santa Fe * Seabrook � * Texas City
VillageTiki Island
CDPsBacliff * Bolivar Peninsula * San Leon
Algoa * Caplen * Crystal Beach * Gilchrist * High Island * Port Bolivar
Footnotes�This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Houston �Sugar Land �Baytown
Metropolitan Area

CountiesAustin * Brazoria * Chambers * Fort Bend * Galveston * Harris * Liberty * Montgomery * San Jacinto * Waller
"Principal" citiesHouston * Sugar Land * Baytown * Galveston * Conroe
Other citiesAlvin * Angleton * Bellaire * Clute * Deer Park * Dickinson * Freeport * Friendswood * Galena Park * Humble * Jacinto City * Katy * Lake Jackson * La Marque * La Porte * League City * Missouri City * Pasadena * Pearland * Richmond * Rosenberg * South Houston * Stafford * Texas City * West University Place :For a complete listing, see list of cities and towns in Houston �Sugar Land �Baytown MSA
Unincorporated areasAtascocita * Channelview * Cloverleaf * Crosby * Cypress * Fresno * Hockley * Klein * Port Bolivar * Spring * The Woodlands
Bodies of waterBuffalo Bayou * Galveston Bay * Gulf Intracoastal Waterway * Houston Ship Channel * San Jacinto River * Trinity River * Lake Houston * Lake Conroe

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