Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,237
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+7,837
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married49%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.2%
Median Earnings25+$27,544
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,888
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,147

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,343
% Above Poverty Level81.5%
% Below Poverty Level18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.4%
Median Gross Rent$750
Median House Value$97,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.5%
English10.8%
Irish8.6%
German7.5%
Italian1.3%
Scottish1.3%
Russian1.2%
French Except Basque1.1%
African0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Nigerian0.6%
Swedish0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Danishn0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Polish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Palestine Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyAnderson County
Standard Zip Codes75801, 75803
P.O. Box Zip Codes75802
Company Zip Codes75882
Phone Area Codes903, 430
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.75
Approximate Longitude-95.64

Palestine Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPALESTINE 2 NE
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp55 to 78 F
Jul Temp72 to 94 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip46.3 inches
StationATHENS
Distance30.4 miles
Jan Temp35 to 57 F
Apr Temp54 to 76 F
Jul Temp73 to 93 F
Oct Temp55 to 78 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationCENTERVILLE
Distance40.6 miles
Jan Temp34 to 58 F
Apr Temp52 to 78 F
Jul Temp71 to 95 F
Oct Temp54 to 80 F
Annual Precip43 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berryville1,203$52,639
Elkhart1,399$45,556
Frankston1,053$62,333
Grapeland1,725$39,375
Oakwood765$40,938

Palestine Public Libraries

Palestine Public Library
2000 S LOOP 256 STE 42
Palestine, Texas
(903) 729-4121

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Palestine Hospitals

Palestine Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
(Proprietary)
2900 Texas 256 Loop
(903) 731-1000
Palestine Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
2900 South Loop 256

Palestine Public Schools

Elkhart Daep
420 W Palestine Ave
ZIP: 75801
(903) 764-2952
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Landmark School
101 Brushy Creek Rd
ZIP: 75801
(903) 729-4208
Northside Pri
2509 Hwy 155 N
ZIP: 75801
(903) 731-8020
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Palestine H S
1600 S Loop 256
ZIP: 75801
(903) 731-8005
High
Total Enrollment 897
Palestine J H
233 Ben Milam Dr
ZIP: 75801
(903) 731-8008
Other
Total Enrollment 472
Southside El
201 Gillespie Rd
ZIP: 75801
(903) 731-8023
Primary
Total Enrollment 534
Story Int
5300 S Loop 256
ZIP: 75801
(903) 731-8015
Middle
Total Enrollment 716
Neches Daep
1801 Panther Blvd
ZIP: 75803
(903) 584-3311
Neches El
3055 Fm 2574
ZIP: 75803
(903) 584-3401
Primary
Total Enrollment 256
Neches H S
1509 Acr 346
ZIP: 75803
(903) 584-3443
High
Total Enrollment 114
Ut Tyler Innovation Academy - Palestine
1820 W Spring St, Innovation Academy
ZIP: 75803
(903) 480-4070
Primary
Total Enrollment 175
Washington Early Childhood Center
1020 W Hamlet
ZIP: 75803
(903) 731-8030
Primary
Total Enrollment 189
Westwood El
2305 Salt Works Rd
ZIP: 75803
(903) 729-1771
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Westwood H S
1820 Panther Blvd
ZIP: 75803
(903) 729-1773
High
Total Enrollment 440
Westwood J H
1801 Panther Blvd
ZIP: 75803
(903) 723-0423
Middle
Total Enrollment 237
Westwood Pri
1701 W Point Tap Rd
ZIP: 75803
(903) 729-1787
Primary
Total Enrollment 457

Palestine Private Schools

Christian Heritage Academy
1500 Crockett Rd
ZIP: 75801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
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