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Imagine yourself as an Islander living in an elegant Victorian home on a shady, oak-lined street on the Island’s east end, or in a home overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on the west end. There is a variety of rental property to choose from throughout the Island, from Galveston has the amenities of a larger city, but with tight-knit small town friendliness.

Its ethnically diverse citizens have worked together to make their city better since the early days of its founding in 1836. When faced with adversity, Galvestonians unite to solve whatever obstacles may arise. Non-profit organizations and community groups offer a variety of volunteer opportunities regardless of your interests or desired area of service.

The Island has a multifaceted economic base with expanding job markets in tourism, the medical field, marine-related fields, as well as other areas. Education, banking, insurance and marine industries also are job fields that contribute to the strong, diverse economy. Island life is enhanced by the absence of drive-time traffic reports on the radio and heavy traffic delays. The major thoroughfares are rarely heavily congested, even during peak times. And it takes no more than 15-20 minutes to get anywhere you want to go on the Island.

All this time saved driving to work and running errands can be spent enjoying Island life.

When the work day is over, pack a picnic dinner and some easy chairs and head to the beach. Temperatures are moderate, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round. Relax and enjoy watching the waves roll in at sunset as sandpipers scurry along the edge of the gulf water.

Humans of Galveston - Meet Retired Local Educator Joe Gallagher

Island life’s a piece of cake for retired educator Joe Gallagher. Find out more! Read more.

Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?

Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.

Behind The Scenes: ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday

Take a behind the scenes look at ICE LAND: Rainforest Holiday with some background, specs and fun facts! Read more.

Humans of Galveston - Island Fun Means Tricycles Built For Two

Each day without fail, the retired real estate professionals hop on their electric tricycles at their Back Bay subdivision home near Moody Gardens, and with their doggies in tow make their way to Seawall Boulevard. Read more.

UTMB to Study New Approach for Hip Fracture Recovery

A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for women recovering from hip fractures. Read more.

Historical Facts About Hotel Galvez & Spa

If the walls of the Hotel Galvez & Spa could talk — and given that the historic hotel is rumored to be haunted, many people believe they do talk — oh, the stories they could tell. Read more.

Potential Zika Vaccine Protects Against Infection, Pregnancy Transmission & Testicular Damage

For the first time, a collaborative team led by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has shown that a potential Zika vaccine quickly can protect fetuses against infection as well as protect males against testicular infection and injury. Read more.

Oxidative Stress Produces Damage Linked with Increased Risk of Preterm Birth

A group of scientists led by Ramkumar Menon at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have gained new insights into what factors lead to preterm birth. Read more.

10 Historical Facts You Probably Don't Know About Galveston

How many of these historical Galveston facts do you know? Read more.

Galveston Open for Business and Helping the Mainland with Recovery

Galveston was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Harvey and is organizing many relief efforts. Read more.

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