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A Guide to Living in Galveston

Located on Galveston Island, Galveston is a coastal city that borders the Gulf of Mexico and is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. Galveston is the seat of Galveston County, and has a total population of 47,743. With a rich history and a wealth of architectural beauty, Galveston is also one of the more popular tourist destinations in the area.

Major Attractions

The Silk Stocking District of Galveston was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, and is rife with classic examples of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Many of the homes within the neighborhood also boast their own place on the National Historic Register.

The East End Historical District stretches over fifty city blocks, was designated a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture of this area reflects several different styles and time periods, and houses a culturally diverse populace. Shopping and dining in the historic Strand District of Downtown Galveston is also an exciting outing for history and architecture buffs.

The Fort Travis Seashore Park, located on the Bolivar Peninsula, is another great attraction that promises plenty of family friendly outdoor fun, as is the option-laden Moody Gardens.


While Galveston’s close proximity to the Greater Houston area allows for relatively quick and easy commutes, there are also many residents of Galveston that work on the island.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is a major area employer, with a variety of careers related to medical care, support or research available to qualified applicants.

The American National Insurance Company is another forerunner in providing employment to Galveston residents, as the company’s corporate headquarters are located in Galveston.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District also provides a significant number of jobs to area workers, with a variety of projects in progress and an award-winning Public Affairs Division.

Churches and Places of Worship

The Gothic-style edifice of Grace Church Galveston was designed by Nicholas Clayton and consecrated in 1895, and has since weathered two devastating storms. This Episcopal Church provides a variety of ministry and outreach programs to its congregation, including Acolyte, Altar Guild, Choir and hosting local scouting troops.

Wesley Tabernacle United Methodist Church is located at 902 28th Street in Galveston, and teaches traditional Methodist doctrine while providing a variety of community outreach and ministry services to the Galveston area.

Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston Island, dubbed “The Shul by the Shore,” is a historic synagogue serving Galveston’s Jewish Community. Congregation Beth Jacob’s approach emphasizes equality, with both men and women assisting in services, reading Torah and serving as officers.


Most students in Galveston and nearby Jamaica Beach attend classes through the Galveston Independent School District, which was rated as “academically acceptable” by the Texas Education Agency in 2009. The Galveston area also boasts a number of private institutions.

Trinity Episcopal School serves students from preschool through eighth grade with a total enrollment of 210, and emphasizes academic excellence with a focus on Episcopal doctrine. The student to teacher ratio at Trinity Episcopal is 10.6:1, which is 11.6% higher than the national average for private schools.

O’Connell College Preparatory School is a private, Catholic-affiliated high school for students from ninth grade through twelfth. The coed school has a total enrollment of 113 students, with a student to teacher ratio of 8.6:1.

Holy Family Catholic School serves children from pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, and has a total enrollment of 101 students. Accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Accreditation Commission, Holy Family Catholic School was established in 1986 as a consolidation of four existing area Catholic Schools. The student to teacher ration is 31.6% lower than the national average for private schools, at 6.5:1.

Standardized Test Scores

Students at Galveston Independent School District schools between third and eleventh grade performed at or slightly below the state average on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, with exceptions in the math and reading portions among eighth-grade students, areas in which they exceeded the state average.

Childcare Options

Galveston is home to a variety of childcare centers, from smaller centers affiliated with various religious beliefs and doctrines to non-sectarian daycare centers, private preschools and early education centers with extended hours. Many families in the Galveston area find, however, that a private, in-home childcare provider would be more suited to the needs of their household, but lack the time to invest in seeking out the perfect candidate, conducting in-person interviews and background screenings that are thorough while adhering to state and Federal employment laws. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our services to Galveston families. Our nannies have been pre-screened through our exhaustive background checks, with their employment history and experience verified. We also carefully match each of our families to the existing pool of available childcare providers in order to find the best possible fit, lowering the chances of turnover and premature contract termination.


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