Jamaica Beach, Texas

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Jamaica Beach is a city in Galveston County, Texas, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,075.



Prior to its development, Jamaica Beach was a Karankawa burial ground. Johnny Goyen and Earl Galceran of the Jamaica Corporation developed Jamaica Beach as a 2,000-lot resort subdivision in close proximity to a marina. The city incorporated on May 12, 1975. By 1978 141 residents lived in Jamaica Beach. By 1988 the city had 446 residents and no businesses. By 1990 the city had 624 residents.[3]

In September 2008 Jamaica Beach was affected by Hurricane Ike.[4]


Jamaica Beach is located at 29°11′31″N 94°58′50″W / 29.19194°N 94.98056°W / 29.19194; -94.98056 (29.192080, -94.980488).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), of which, 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (7.59%) is water.


2000 Census data

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,075 people, 483 households, and 303 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,487.7 people per square mile (576.5/km²). There were 1,078 housing units at an average density of 1,491.8/sq mi (578.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.07% White, 0.37% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 1.95% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.56% of the population.

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