Introduction to Palestine, Texas

Palestine, Texas, in Anderson county, is 45 miles SW of Tyler, Texas (center to center) and 98 miles SE of Dallas, Texas.

Palestine History

Palestine was founded in 1846 along with Anderson County. It was named after Palestine, Illinois. The first post office of the city was established in 1847. The International-Great Northern Railroad arrived in the city in 1872. In 1928, oil was discovered at Boggy Creek which is located east of Palestine. The economy of the city benefited from this discovery. Later on, a number of oil fields were discovered in Anderson County, and Palestine became a major oil-well servicing center.

Palestine and nearby Attractions

  • Engeling Wildlife Management Area
  • Howard House Museum
  • Palestine Community Forest
  • Texas State Railroad State Historical Park
  • Davey Dogwood Park
  • Museum for East Texas Culture

Things To Do In Palestine

Palestine is home to Davey Dogwood Park which has over 200 acres of scenic trails that meander throughout the park. The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, operated by NASA, is located in the city. Those interested in the area's local history can visit Palestine Carnegie Library, Howard House Museum, and Museum for East Texas Culture. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on Wolf Creek Lake, City Lake, Lake Palestine, and Spring Park Lake.

Palestine Transportation

Air transportation is available from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

Palestine Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by a number of colleges and universities including Trinity Valley Community College, Tyler Junior College, and The University of Texas at Tyler.


Total Population 18,488
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,803
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.9%
Median Earnings25+ $28,682
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,255
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,087


Median Family Income $42,667
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 27.2%
Median Gross Rent $729
Median House Value $84,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 8.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Palestine Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles SW of Tyler, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 98 miles SE of Dallas, Texas
County Anderson
Standard Zip Codes 75801, 75803
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75802
Company Zip Codes 75882
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.761
Longitude -95.63

Palestine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 55 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Station ATHENS
Distance 30.4 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Distance 40.6 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 58 F
Apr Temp 52 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 43 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Palestine, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Elmwood (75801)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berryville 1,123 $41,731
Elkhart 1,386 $42,188
Frankston 1,017 $68,125
Grapeland 1,784 $40,577

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Palestine Public Libraries

Palestine Public Library
Palestine, Texas
(903) 729-4121
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Palestine Hospitals

2900 S LOOP 256
(903) 731-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Palestine High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1600 S LOOP 256
A Title I School.
Serves 895 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

4524 W OAK
Serves 539 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 81 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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Info for Palestine Government Officials

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