Kemah, TX
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Kemah was originally a small fishing village, but is known today for its shipping industry and its role as a tourist attraction along the Texas Gulf Coast. Kemah is home to a popular boardwalk with theme-park rides, restaurants, shops, and shows, and its Lighthouse District offers boutiques and shops, dining, and local businesses.

Cost of Living

Kemah’s cost of living is slightly higher than the Houston metro area and the Texas state average. The city offers a variety of home styles, from modern townhomes to extravagant waterfront properties, and locals here have access to the many amenities and attractions that make this small coastal city a popular destination.


Kemah is conveniently located halfway between Galveston Island and downtown Houston. The trip to each location is about 30 miles, and many residents choose to live in Kemah because it offers the best of both worlds—small town appeal near the fourth largest city in America. Many Kemah residents commute to Galveston Island for work at major university centers like the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) or Texas A&M University’s Galveston campus. Kemah also has convenient access to the Clear Lake area, home of the NASA Johnson Space Center. If you’re commuting towards downtown, Interstate 45 is close by, and Highway 146 runs right through downtown Kemah.


Kemah residents attend the award-winning schools in the Clear Creek Independent School District. Elementary school students typically attend Stewart Elementary, middle schoolers attend either Bayside or League City Intermediate, and high school students attend either Clear Falls High School or Clear Creek High School. College of the Mainland and San Jacinto Junior College are nearby, as are major universities like the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL), Lee College in Baytown, and Texas A&M Galveston.


Kemah is a very popular tourist and recreational destination for the greater Houston and Galveston area. The Kemah Boardwalk is home to restaurants known for their excellent seafood, local shops, and the Boardwalk Inn hotel. The tourist attraction comes complete with amusement park rides like the large Ferris wheel that overlooks Galveston Bay, and people come from all around to enjoy the fun of Kemah.

Kemah’s beautiful marina is also a great destination for boaters. Kemah is home to one of the largest fleets of recreational boats in America, and there’s plenty to see around the harbor. Head to the boardwalk to watch the shrimp boats come in or see recreational sailors ferry beautiful boats in and out of the marina. Tours through the Haunted Kemah Lighthouse District are also popular, with excellent tour guides that tell ghost stories and interesting tales of local folklore.


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