Palacios, Texas

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Palacios (pronounced /pəˈlæʃəs/ pə-LASH-əs) is a city in Matagorda County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,153 at the 2000 census.



The area was named Tres Palacios several centuries ago by shipwrecked Spanish sailors who claimed they saw a vision of three palaces on this bay.


Palacios is located on the Gulf Coast at 28°42′33″N 96°13′3″W / 28.70917°N 96.2175°W / 28.70917; -96.2175 (28.709153, -96.217588),[3] about halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi. It is connected to both cities by State Highway 35.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (16.6 km²), of which, 5.0 square miles (13.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (4.36%) is water. It is located on the shores of Tres Palacios Bay, an arm of Matagorda Bay.

The Palacios area is known among birders for its wide diversity of bird life. Since 1997, as part of the 15-mile-diameter Matagorda County-Mad Island Marsh count circle of the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, it has consistently reported more bird species than anywhere else in the United States. On December 19, 2005, a record 250 species were observed.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,153 people, 1,661 households, and 1,244 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,021.4 people per square mile (394.8/km²). There were 1,976 housing units at an average density of 391.7/sq mi (151.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.07% White, 4.74% African American, 0.68% Native American, 12.13% Asian, 22.36% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.19% of the population.

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