Galveston has the 594th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 5.1% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Galveston is part of the Houston metro area. Unemployment in the Houston area is 4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting worse. Houston has the 5th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Galveston is below average at $51,830, and the median cost of a home in Galveston is $136,700, which is below the national average. 27% of workers in Galveston hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 80% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Galveston. 81% of Galveston workers drive to work alone, 1% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 7% walk. People in Galveston spend an average of 19 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.