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New Palestine, Indiana
Town of New Palestine
New Palestine in 2016
New Palestine in 2016
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Location of New Palestine in Hancock County, Indiana.
Location of New Palestine in Hancock County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Hancock
Township Sugar Creek
 • Total 1.99 sq mi (5.15 km2)
 • Land 1.98 sq mi (5.13 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total 2,744
 • Density 1,385.86/sq mi (534.96/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 317
FIPS code 18-53352
GNIS feature ID 0440091

New Palestine (pronounced PAL-es-tēn) is a town in Sugar Creek Township, Hancock County, Indiana, along Sugar Creek. The population was 2,055 at the 2010 census.


New Palestine was laid out October 1, 1838, by Jonathan Evans. It first consisted of fifteen blocks and thirty six lots. A petition for the incorporation of New Palestine as a town was dated May 22, 1871, and presented to the board of county commissioners at the June session of 1871. At the time of the petition, New Palestine had a population of 279 people. The vote for incorporation was held on June 24, 1871. Many years after incorporation, the town had difficulty with its name. The post office was known as Sugar Creek, the railroad and express stations as Palestine and the name of the town itself was New Palestine. Through the efforts of E.F. Faut and Congressman Bynum, the name of the post office was changed from Sugar Creek to New Palestine on January 16, 1889, and the name of the railroad station and express office were also changed to New Palestine.


New Palestine is located at 39°43′21″N 85°53′23″W / 39.72250°N 85.88972°W / 39.72250; -85.88972 (39.722566, -85.889824).

According to the 2010 census, New Palestine has a total area of 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 391
1890 404 3.3%
1900 444 9.9%
1910 450 1.4%
1920 442 −1.8%
1930 450 1.8%
1940 448 −0.4%
1950 504 12.5%
1960 725 43.8%
1970 863 19.0%
1980 749 −13.2%
1990 671 −10.4%
2000 1,264 88.4%
2010 2,055 62.6%
2020 2,744 33.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
New Palestine Museum
Mural on the side of the New Palestine Museum
Intersection of Main Street and Depot
Intersection of Main Street and Depot

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,055 people, 779 households, and 587 families living in the town. The population density was 1,885.3 inhabitants per square mile (727.9/km2). There were 825 housing units at an average density of 756.9 per square mile (292.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.8% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 779 households, of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.6% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the town was 37.2 years. 28.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.


New Palestine is home to the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, which includes three elementary schools (New Palestine, Sugar Creek, and Brandywine), one junior high school (New Palestine Junior High), one intermediate school (New Palestine Intermediate) and one high school (also referred to as New Palestine High School).

The area includes Brandywine and Sugar Creek townships and is approximately 60 square miles (160 km2) in area. There are currently 3,206 students enrolled in the entire district. It is adjacent to Warren and Franklin township to its west and Shelby County to its south.

New Palestine High School is arguably the central hub of the town. Countless events occur year-round in the area, the most attended including football and basketball games, the beginning of the annual New Palestine Parade, and the annual Fall festival at the Lion's Club.

Notable people

  • Todd Yoder, former American football tight end and Super Bowl XXXVII Champion
  • Matt Canada, current Offensive Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Angela Ahrendts, former American CEO of Burberry and former Senior Vice President, Retail, Apple Inc.

See also

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