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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. The population of the city is 10,033.

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 10,464
Male Share of the Population 42.7%
Female Share of the Population 57.3%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,286
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 30.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.4%
Median Earnings25+ $21,574
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,610
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,772

Wealth

Median Family Income $28,953
% Above Poverty Level 60%
% Below Poverty Level 40%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $595
Median House Value $85,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.2%
US/American 0%
English 7.6%
Irish 5.1%

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 1,935 $35,625
Green Cove Springs 6,984 $49,487
Hastings 611 $44,167
Interlachen 1,370 $34,583
Pomona Park 700 $44,886
Welaka 752 $40,833

Palatka Public Libraries

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

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Palatka Hospitals

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

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Palatka High Schools

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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

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The St. John's at Palatka. between 1880 and 1897
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