While the Census shows a base population of just under 50,000 residents, when you include its other demographics, Galveston operates more like a city with an average daily population of nearly 100,000. The daily increase in the island's population come from the following:
- 48,700 base population.
- Over 6 million visitors and tourists annually
- Approximately 20,000 commuting employees per day
- An estimated 80% of Galveston's West End housing is comprised of vacation and second homes
- Galveston Island hosts approximately 7,000 students per year attending UTMB, Texas A&M Galveston, and Galveston College