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.


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


% 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


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%


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


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


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

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
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
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

Putnam County Library System
Palatka, Florida
(386) 329-0126

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Palatka Hospitals

(386) 326-8500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Palatka High Schools

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Serves 1,663 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

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Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

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Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

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