dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Palatka, Florida

Palatka, Florida is 41 miles E of Gainesville, Florida (center to center) and 47 miles S of Jacksonville, Florida. It is in Putnam county. 

Palatka History

Palatka has a very eventful history stretching back to the time when it was a Timucuan nation. The Timucuans perished due to war and disease. Then the area was taken over by the Seminole. In 1763, the control of Florida changed hands from Spain to England and in 1821 it was acquired by the United States. The infusion of Americans led to feelings of hostility among the Seminole, leading to the Second Seminole War in 1833. Eventually the Seminole were driven out of Palatka. The area progressed rapidly through 1847 and was incorporated in 1853.

Palatka and Nearby Attractions

  • Bronson-Mulholland House.
  • Angel's Dining Car.
  • Putnam County Historical Society & Museum.
  • Ravine Gardens State Park.
  • Palatka Railroad Preservation Society.

Things To Do In Palatka

Palatka is known as "Bass Capital of the World." This is because the St. John’s River, which flows through it, is abundant with many different varieties of bass fish. This makes fishing one of the major activities. Apart from that, people also indulge in sailing, boating, water skiing and swimming. The Florida trail attracts nature lovers who love hiking. There are two excellent golf courses. The city also organizes annual festivals of Azalea and Blue Crab.

Palatka Transportation

Jacksonville International Airport provides general air travel services.

Palatka Higher Education

The city is served by Saint John’s River Community College.

People

Total Population 10,414
Male Share of the Population 41.6%
Female Share of the Population 58.4%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 2,977
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 27.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $29,311
% Above Poverty Level 56.8%
% Below Poverty Level 43.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $565
Median House Value $78,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.8%
Irish 3.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Palatka Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of Gainesville, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles S of Jacksonville, Florida
County Putnam
Standard Zip Codes 32177
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32178
Phone Area Codes 386
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.648
Longitude -81.637

Palatka Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PALATKA
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 57 to 81 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 83 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches
Station HASTINGS ARC
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 80 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 61 to 82 F
Annual Precip 51.9 inches
Station CRESCENT CITY
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 68 F
Apr Temp 59 to 81 F
Jul Temp 74 to 92 F
Oct Temp 65 to 83 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crescent City 1,814 $39,375
Green Cove Springs 7,054 $51,200
Hastings 682 $53,281
Interlachen 1,430 $32,841
Pomona Park 732 $44,886
Welaka 642 $37,188

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Palatka Public Libraries

Library
Putnam County Library System
601 COLLEGE RD.
Palatka, Florida
(386) 329-0126

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Palatka Hospitals

PUTNAM COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
HIGHWAY 20 W
(386) 326-8500
Emergency Service: Yes

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • Psychology (BA) (Online)
  • Business Administration - Accounting (BS) (Online)
  • Business Administration - Healthcare Management (BS) (Online)
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
Programs
  • Master of Arts in Law - Non-Profit Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Self-Designed
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
  • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
Programs
  • MBA@UNC
UNC Kenan-Flagler is one of the world's top-ranked business schools. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, you develop the skills that make you a highly effective leader and prepare you for long-term career success. The strength of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA degree comes from a school culture in which members live the business school's core values of excellence, leadership, teamwork, integrity and community.
Programs
  • Mental Health Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medical Office Admin/Billing and Coding
  • Features a community service program for students, called the Ambassador Program.
  • Offers several programs in healthcare, criminal justice, broadcasting, business administration and more.
  • Features an online system called MyPortal that allows students to check their schedule, grades, calculate their GPA, and more.
  • Has 5 Florida campuses located in Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Miami, Hollywood, and Altamonte Springs, with online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
camnpus icon
Gainesville
Request Info
Programs
  • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
  • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • M.Div: Homiletics
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.

Palatka High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PALATKA HIGH SCHOOL
302 MELLON ROAD
904-329-0579
Serves 1,663 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

ELEANOR H. MILLER SCHOOL
156 HORSEMAN CLUB ROAD
904-329-0595
A Special Education School
Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

PUTNAM COUNTY EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION
156 HORSEMAN CLUB ROAD
904-329-0530
A Special Education School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

Palatka Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Additional Details
Palatka Colleges
Palatka colleges and trade schools.
Study Online in Palatka
Historic Palatka

photo

The St. John's at Palatka. between 1880 and 1897
Additional Resources
Info for Palatka Government Officials


Are you an official in the Palatka government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top