Galveston Texas Overview and Crime Rate Statistics
Galveston is a port city located off the southeast coast on the Galveston and Pelican Islands in Texas, USA. The entire city stretches across 209.3 square miles of area. It has a population of over 50,000 people and is the county seat for Galveston County. It is also the second largest municipality in the country.
On the southern side, it forms a part of the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, and on the northwestern front, it forms a part of the Gulf of Mexico.
Galveston, derived from Galvez’ town, was named after a political leader called Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez (1746-1786). He served in the Spanish military and was a political leader in the 18th century. He was born in Macharaviaya, Málaga.
The first European settlements in Galveston came up in 1816 and were established by French pirate Louis-Michel Aury. The settlements were established by him to help the Republic of Mexico fight Spain for independence, along with the other colonies from South and Central America.
In 1825, the Port of Galveston was established by the Congress of Mexico after it achieved independence from Spain. The city served as the primary port for the Texas Navy during the Texas Revolution of 1836. Later on, it went on to become the national capital of the independent Republic of Texas.
In the 19th century, Galveston was a key commercial center in the US and one of the largest ports in the country. It was, at one point in time, even the largest city in Texas and went by the name “Queen City of the Gulf.” However, in 1900, a massive hurricane caused immense flooding, which practically wiped out the city. The hurricane is still ranked as the worst natural disaster in US history, with a death toll of almost 12,000 people.
It was in 1919 that the city reemerged as a major tourist spot and as a hot spot for illegal gambling. It even went by the name of “The Free State of Galveston.” This, however, ended in the 1950s, leading to social and economic development.
Galveston Texas Economy
The city’s money primarily comes from tourism, shipping, healthcare, and financial industries. Other than that, the University of Texas Medical Branch serves as a major economic force with over 2500 students.
Galveston Texas Crime
According to Neighborhood Scout, Galveston has a crime index rating of 9, making it only 9% safer than most US cities.
The total number of crimes reported in the city in 2016 was estimated to be 2,152, out of which 251 were violent crimes, and 1901 were crimes related to the property. This brings the violent crime rate to 4.97 and the property crime rate to 37.61. The overall crime rate stands at 42.57.
There are 1 in 201 chances of you becoming the victim of a violent crime in Galveston. The city reported six murders, 63 rapes, 78 robberies, and 104 cases of assault in 2016. This puts the respective crime rates for each crime category at 0.12, 1.25, 1.54, and 2.06.
As for property crime, there are 1 in 27 chances of you becoming a victim of one in Galveston. The city reported 336 burglaries, 1,366 cases of theft, 199 cases of motor vehicle theft. This brings the respective crime rates to 6.65, 27.02, and 3.94.
When considering the population of Galveston, which stands at 50,550, it reported a much higher burglary rate than the national rate – 6.65 as opposed to 4.69 for the entire country. Similarly, the city also reported higher rates of murder, rape, and robberies - 0.12, 1.25, and 1.54, respectively, as opposed to 0.05, 0.40, and 1.03, respectively, for the entire country.