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Overview

Introduction to Eatonton, Georgia

Eatonton, Georgia, in Putnam county, is 36 miles NE of Macon, Georgia and 64 miles SE of Atlanta, Georgia. As of the year 2000 census, 6,764 people lived in Eatonton.

Eatonton History

Eatonton was named after William Eaton, an officer and diplomat who was involved in the First Barbary War. Eatonton is nicknamed the Dairy Capital of Georgia because of its thriving dairy farming industry. Eatonton was the birthplace of several well-known authors and writers, including Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris and Henry Grady.

Eatonton and nearby Attractions

  • Old Governor's Mansion
  • Uncle Remus Museum
  • A.H. Stephens Memorial State Park
  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Lockerly Arboretum

Things To Do In Eatonton

Lake Oconee offers fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, golfing and water-skiing opportunities. The Uncle Remus Museum was the original home of Joseph Sydney Turner, a character depicted in the Uncle Remus stories. The Lockerly Arboretum, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Vines Botanical Gardens are all nearby as well.

Eatonton Transportation

Air transportation is provided by the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

Eatonton Higher Education

Central Georgia Technical College, the Georgia College & State University and the Georgia Military College are all accessible from Eatonton.

People

Total Population 6,489
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,850
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 37.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $17,736
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,217
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,348

Wealth

Median Family Income $31,509
% Above Poverty Level 70.7%
% Below Poverty Level 29.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 20.2%
Median Gross Rent $590
Median House Value $73,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.6%
US/American 0%
English 4%
Irish 2.8%

Eatonton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles NE of Macon, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles SE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Putnam
Standard Zip Codes 31024
Company Zip Codes 31026
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.326
Longitude -83.388

Eatonton 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 MONTICELLO
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 54 F
Apr Temp 46 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Station MILLEDGEVILLE
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 57 F
Apr Temp 46 to 77 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 77 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station SILOAM 3 N
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buckhead 209 $38,833
Greensboro 3,389 $26,379
Madison 3,983 $62,188
Milledgeville 18,840 $33,944
Monticello 2,619 $37,143
Shady Dale 217 $56,458

Eatonton Hospitals

PUTNAM GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
101 GREENSBORO HIGHWAY
(706) 485-2711
Emergency Service: Yes

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Eatonton High Schools

PUTNAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
140 SPARTA HIGHWAY
706-485-9971
Serves 688 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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