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Galveston Island is a barrier reef island that lies two miles off the Texas Gulf Coast. The island is 32 miles long and two miles wide at its widest point. The average elevation is seven feet. Galveston is located approximately 50 miles south of Houston.

Health care is provided by the University of Texas Medical Branch, higher education by Galveston College and Texas A&M University at Galveston. The Island is rich in culture and history. Entertainment includes The Grand 1894 Opera House, Strand Theater, Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals and features many art galleries and numerous museums. Moody Gardens has 3 pyramids, I-Max theater and a paddlewheel boat.

The population is over 47,700 for the Island and 300,484 for Galveston County as of 2012.

COASTAL COMMUNITY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (formerly City of Galveston FCU) is the largest credit union with a main office on the Island and offers more drive-thru hours than any other institution on the Island.