Palestine is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 18,288 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Palestine is the 133rd largest community in Texas.
Palestine is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Palestine is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Palestine who work in office and administrative support (14.05%), sales jobs (9.93%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (9.61%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Palestine spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.51 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The percentage of adults in Palestine with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.86% of adults in Palestine have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Palestine in 2010 was $20,095, which is lower middle income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,380 for a family of four. However, Palestine contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Palestine is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Palestine home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palestine residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Palestine also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Palestine include Irish, German, Scottish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Palestine is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.