Palacios, the “City By the Sea,” is situated on the Texas Gulf Coast an equidistance from Corpus Christi (109 miles) and Houston (107 miles) in an area referred to as the Golden Crescent. Palacios is located in the Southwestern corner of Matagorda County with a population of 4,718 (2010 census) and is the second largest city in the county.
Often referred to as the Shrimp Capital of Texas, Palacios is home to commercial shrimp, crab, and oyster boats that operate in Matagorda Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The port of Palacios covers more than 100 acres of shoreline, has four turning basins, and more than 12,000 feet of docking space. The port is also home to La Petite Belle, a half-scale seaworthy replica of La Salle’s La Belle, excavated from Matagorda Bay in 1997.
The waterfront in Palacios boasts a concrete seawall on the east and south bays, lighted piers, public boat launches, a park and a playground. Palacios also has a vibrant library, a local museum featuring artifacts from the La Belle, and a critical access community hospital. Palacios, situated on Matagorda Bay, is well known for outdoor activities such as fishing, waterfowl hunting, sailing, and kayaking. Additionally, Palacios and the surrounding area is a bird watching mecca and various organizations host bird watching activities including participation in bird counting.
Palacios ISD students are served by four campuses: Palacios High School, 9–12; Palacios Junior High, 7–8; East Side Intermediate, 4–6; and Central Elementary, EE–3. Wharton County Junior College is the nearest post-secondary school to Palacios and offers two-year associate’s degree programs in a number of academic and vocational areas. The city of Victoria, only an hour from Palacios, is home to Victoria College and the Victoria campus of the University of Houston, where students can receive Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Community members from the “Crossroads” area are encouraged to participate in the numerous continuing education opportunities offered by both Victoria College and the University of Houston.
Community Demographics may be found at http://www.usa.com/palacios-tx.htm