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About Palestine

Palestine is a city in Anderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 17,598. It is the county seat of Anderson CountyGR6 and is situated in East Texas. Palestine was named for Palestine, Illinois, the home of an early settler.

The largest employer is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which employs more than 3,900. Another 1,600 work at two Wal-Mart distribution centers. Other significant employers include a thriving medical and healthcare sector that tends to the large population of retirees. Finally a distinguishing mark of Palestine is that it is home to the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, which has flown 1700 high-altitude balloons for universities and research agencies.

Palestine entered the news in February 2003, as one of the East Texas towns that received much of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster debris.

Palestine, Texas Computer Services

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A B Custom Computers
764 An County Road 147
Palestine TX               903-729-6633
East Texas Programming
Palestine TX               903-391-4914
Asher Computer Service
4329 S Hwy 19 - Kenner Well Service
Palestine TX               903-723-0772
C E Computers
701 W Oak St
Palestine TX               903-723-5971
Gleason's Computing
107 Brushy Creek Rd
Palestine TX               903-723-8990
Pentecom Llc
100A Saint Andrews Dr
Palestine TX               903-731-9660




Location of Palestine, Texas

Palestine is located at 31°45′29″N, 95°38′19″W (31.757925, -95.638473)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 46.3 km² (17.9 mi²). 45.8 km² (17.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.01%) is water.



As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 17,598 people, 6,641 households, and 4,582 families residing in the city. The population density was 383.9/km² (994.3/mi²). There were 7,668 housing units at an average density of 167.3/km² (433.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.60% White, 24.77% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 7.90% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.88% of the population.

There were 6,641 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 18.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,497, and the median income for a family was $35,806. Males had a median income of $28,331 versus $20,662 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,514. About 16.6% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.



Most of Palestine is served by the Palestine Independent School District. Some of Palestine is served by the Westwood Independent School District.


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References in popular culture

Popular artist T-Bone Burnett released a song with the title "Palestine, Texas". Featuring John Mayer, this song uses the interesting name of the city as a metaphor for current events and social commentary. The two artists performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 2006.


History of Palestine, Texas

Bicentennial Scrapbook. In 1976, the Palestine Herald-Press released a bicentennial "scrapbook" with a stated hope that its publication would make a significant addition to the published history of the Palestine area. Select articles and some pictures from the publication are reprinted here. Additionally, some current, updated photos and other information have been added.


External links

The majority of the above information about Palestine provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Local Clubs and Activities


Activities Within Driving Distance of Palestine, TX


Online Articles About Palestine, TX

  • Palestine Texas, East Texas Sunday Drive The focal point of this Sunday Drive is Palestine, the county seat of Anderson County and a town whose history parallels the arrival of the railroad in the 1870s. But you'll also have the opportunity to see some excellent rural scenery.
  • The Gem Picture Palace, Palestine, Texas In 1908 two conjoined buildings were erected in downtown Palestine. The left side was built by Judge P.W. Brown and became the gas company. The right side, built by Judge B.H. Gardner, became a silent movie theatre, THE GEM PICTURE PALACE. Upstairs were sixteen offices housing doctors, dentists, and lawyers.
  • Redlands Hotel in Palestine, Texas I really hate to refer to the 1997 movie Titanic because I found the fictional part of the plot trite. However, the imagery portrayed by the costumes and lavish sets are useful in visualizing the Redlands Hotel as it was in 1915, when it was one of the grandest hotels in Texas. It is located at 400 N. Queen St. at Oak St. in Palestine.
  • Anderson County Courthouse Palestine Texas Anderson County has had four courthouses: 1847, 1856, 1886 and 1914. [In the one built in 1914] there is an amazing spiral staircase in the center of the building with a beautiful stained glass skylight at the bottom of the dome. (See "Dome" photo above) The district courtroom, while modern, has a delicately painted mural at the rear of the two story room. 
  • Texas State Railroad between Rusk and Palestine, Texas You can ride between Rusk and Palestine, or back if you wish, aboard the Texas State Railroad. The Texas State is an excursion train now, but once it was a real working line.
  • A steamboat’s Tale, The Ruthven Lying in the Trinity River at Parker’s Bluff, near Palestine, a cluster of remnants from an old sidewheeler steamboat serve as reminders of an era when cotton was king in much of East Texas.


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Palestine TX               903-723-2677
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416 E Kolstad St
Palestine TX               903-729-8771




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