Galveston County, Texas

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Galveston County, Texas

Galveston County is partly island and partly coastal. Land features flat topography with artificial drainage consisting of sandy, loam and clay soils broken by bays. Local economy consists of port activities, insurance and financial center, petrochemical plants, varied manufacturing, tourism, medical education, oceanographic research, ship building and commercial fishing.

Land and Ranch Market Snapshot

Average Price $1.9M
Lowest Price $250K
Highest Price $10M
Total Listings 56
Avg. Days On Market 196
Avg. Price/SQFT $531

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Where is Galveston County, Texas?

  • Galveston County is located on the Gulf Coast of Texas eighty miles southwest of the Louisiana state line, east of Brazoria County, and west of Chambers County; it is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico on the southeast. The county comprises mainland, Galveston Bay, and Galveston Island. The island, a slowly eroding bank of sand measuring three miles at its greatest breadth and twenty-eight miles at its greatest length, extends two miles southwest along the Gulf. Other barrier islands include Pelican Island, four miles out from Galveston, which was described in 1815 as a "narrow strip of marsh" and subsequently grew from shell deposits into an island four miles long and a half mile wide.

  • Bolivar Peninsula is a slender strip of mainland northeast of Galveston Island and almost in line with it. Both Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island form natural storm barriers for Galveston Bay, which constitutes nearly half of the county's almost 450-square-mile area.

Adjacent Counties

  • Harris County (north)
  • Chambers County (northeast)
  • Brazoria County (west)

Sites and Attractions in Galveston County

  • The Kemah Boardwalk is a 60-acre Texas Gulf Coast theme park in Kemah, Texas, approximately 30 miles southeast of Downtown Houston, Texas. The Boardwalk is built entirely along the shores of Galveston Bay and Clear Lake, and is considered among the premier boardwalks in the United States.
  • The Galveston County Fair is held annually in May. Special events in Galveston include a Battle of Galveston Re-Enactment, the Festival on the Strand, the Rainbow Festival, the International Seafood Gumbo Cookoff, and Dickens on the Strand.

  • The Village Fair is held at League City, the Strawberry Festival at Dickinson, the Fishing Tourney and Annual Shrimp Boil at Texas City, the Blessing of the Fleet at Seabrook-Kemah, the Good Ole Days Celebration at Hitchcock, and the Heritage Festival at Santa Fe. Historical sites in the county include the Rosenberg Library at Galveston and the Salt Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

Farming and Ranching in Galveston County 

  •  The climate is humid, subtropical, and marine. Tropical disturbances in late summer and early fall are common.  Rainfall averages 47.06 inches annually, and the growing season lasts for 320 days a year. The county's economy historically derives from its location as an important hub of land and sea transportation on the Gulf. Galveston is the oldest deepwater port west of New Orleans, and the community is noted for many "firsts" in Texas.
  •  Land in the area includes layered sand and clay and deep, sandy loams. The county has nearly 400 miles of beach. Many towns tap the Beaumont Clay, a water-bearing formation that underlies the county, for water supplies. The city of Galveston obtains its water from artesian wells. Drainage districts control flooding problems throughout the county. Grassland vegetation predominates, though live oak, water oak, magnolia, hackberry, and other trees grow along the creeks and bayous. 

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