GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A researcher in Galveston estimates the island's population has surpassed 50,000 residents for the first time since Hurricane Ike five years ago.
The Galveston County Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/19yNbPF ) that 50,000 is an important threshold for Galveston because it would qualify the Gulf Coast city for more federal transportation funding.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, taken two years after the devastating hurricane, Galveston had 47,743 people. University of Texas Medical Branch researcher Karl Eschbach says the city has added more residents based on growth in the local school district's enrollment.
Galveston would appeal its Census count, but federal officials would only agree to add two more people to their tally.
A city official estimates that falling under the 50,000-person threshold will cost the city $750,000 a year.
Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com