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A Guide to Living in Galena Park

Galena Park is located in the Harris County section of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population of Galena Park was determined to be 10,887 with a total land area of five square miles. Once a farming and ranching community known as Clinton, the area was dramatically affected in the 1880s when it became a railroad center along the Port of Houston. The petrochemical industry boom of the early 1900s again changed the area, which was later named after the Galena Signal Oil Company of Texas.

Major Attractions

Because the Galena Park community is more of a bedroom community for Houston commuters, the majority of available attractions and activities are located in the surrounding area.

Museum lovers are a short nine-mile trip from the wonders of Houston’s Museum District, with a staggering selection of nineteen meticulously-maintained museums in the immediate area. Entertainment and culture buffs flock to Houston’s Theater District in Droves, which is home to nine performing arts organizations of recognition and several smaller community groups.

The Space Center Houston, located in nearby Webster, celebrates the Houston area’s contributions to the American space program and exploration, and is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Companies

Many residents of Galena Park opt to commute into Houston or the surrounding area for work, as the area is largely suburban. There is, however, some light industry in the area.

Kinder Morgan, the largest midstream and third largest energy company in North America, with an interest in roughly 75,000 miles of pipeline and 180 terminals. Kinder Morgan is one of the major employers in Galena Park, with a significant portion of local residents working for the company in some fashion.

The City of Galena and Galena Park Independent School district are also primary area employers, with a heavy portion of local residents that live in the area working for these two government agencies. The per capita income for Galena Park is $12,207, with 25.4% of the population living below the poverty line.

Churches and Places of Worship

The Galena Park Assembly of God, located at 1211 Second Street in Galena Park, is a charismatic church that teaches traditional Assembly of God doctrine. Ministries include Missionettes, Royal Rangers, Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries, Women’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry.

Galena Park Church of God (Seventh Day) is located at 1203 Main Street in Galena Park, and offers a wide range of services and ministry programs for both members, visitors and the community as a whole. Ministries include Women’s, Children’s and Young Adults, along with Bible classes and teachings.

The First Baptist Church of Galena Park, located at 206 Woolfe Street, is a bilingual church serving the Galena Park community, church members and visitors.

Schools

Pupils living in Galena Park and attending public school are served by the Galena Park Independent School District. Galena Park ISD encompasses three elementary schools, Galena Park Elementary, MacArthur Elementary and Pyburn Elementary. Galena Park Middle School serves area students in sixth through eight grades, while ninth through twelfth graders attend Galena Park High School. The Galena Park ISD also operates a preschool for low-income families, William F. “Bill” Becker Early Childhood Development Center.

Our Lady of Fatima School is the only private school in the Galena Park city limits. The coed Roman Catholic School serves a total enrollment of 71 students from preschool through sixth grade.

Standardized Test Scores

Students attending schools zoned to Galena Park Independent School District between third and eleventh grades scored at or above the state average on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills in 2011, with few deviations into the below-average range.

Childcare Options

While there are a large number of daycare centers in Galena Park, both faith-based and non-sectarian, we understand that many parents prefer the flexibility and one-on-one attention that only a private, in-home childcare provider can offer. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our services to families in the Pearland area, supplying experienced and exceptional nannies that have been carefully screened and matched specifically to the unique needs of your individual family.

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