Palestine, Illinois

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Palestine is a village in Crawford County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,366 at the 2000 census.



Palestine is located at 39°0′8″N 87°36′44″W / 39.00222°N 87.61222°W / 39.00222; -87.61222 (39.002214, -87.612110).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.8 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


It is said that French explorer Jean LaMotte first gazed upon this region in 1678. He gave it the name Palestine, as it reminded him of the promised land of milk and honey, as written in the scriptures.[2]

Palestine was incorporated as a Village in 1811 and is the oldest incorporated village in its original location in the State of Illinois . Palestine, Texas was named after the city by Daniel Parker.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,366 people, 625 households, and 400 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,832.3 people per square mile (703.2/km²). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 957.7/sq mi (367.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.12% White, 0.07% African American, 0.22% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 625 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.76.

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