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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. 

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,407
Male Share of the Population42.5%
Female Share of the Population57.5%
Senior Citizens17.1%
Employed Population 16+3,383
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married29.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.6%
Median Earnings25+$21,243
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,479
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,349

Wealth

Median Family Income$28,014
% Above Poverty Level57.2%
% Below Poverty Level42.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone38.8%
Median Gross Rent$576
Median House Value$75,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)55.3%
English10.4%
German4.3%
Irish4.3%
Scottish2.4%
Italian1.7%
French Except Basque1.3%
Russian0.8%
West Indian0.8%
Jamaican0.7%
Czech0.6%
Canadian0.5%
Polish0.4%
Welsh0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Greek0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
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Palatka Almanac

CategoryValue
County Putnam County
Standard Zip Codes32177
P.O. Box Zip Codes32178
Phone Area Codes386
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude29.64
Approximate Longitude-81.65

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)

StationPALATKA
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp57 to 81 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp62 to 83 F
Annual Precip50.4 inches
StationHASTINGS ARC
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp44 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 80 F
Jul Temp70 to 92 F
Oct Temp61 to 82 F
Annual Precip51.9 inches
StationCRESCENT CITY
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp46 to 68 F
Apr Temp59 to 81 F
Jul Temp74 to 92 F
Oct Temp65 to 83 F
Annual Precip49.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Crescent City1,742$41,806
Green Cove Springs7,205$56,250
Hastings752$55,357
Interlachen1,686$33,688
Pomona Park1,077$49,917
Welaka614$41,250

Palatka Public Libraries

Pal Public Library Cooperative
7871 NE 90TH STREET
Palatka, Florida
(352) 486-5552

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Palatka Hospitals

Putnam Community Medical Center
(Proprietary)
611 Zeagler Dr
(386) 328-5711

Palatka Public Schools

Robert H. Jenkins, Junior Middle
1100 N 19th St
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0588
Middle
Total Enrollment 610
Putnam Virtual Franchise
200 S 7th St
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0536
Other
Total Enrollment 13
Kelley Smith Elementary School
141 Kelley Smith School Rd
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0568
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Eleanor H. Miller School
156 Horseman Club Rd
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0595
Other
Total Enrollment 109
Mellon Elementary School
301 Mellon Rd
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0593
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
Alternatives Unlimited High School
1414 Bronson St
ZIP: 32177
(386) 312-4937
Putnam Virtual Instruction Program (district Provided)
200 S 7th St
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0536
Primary
Total Enrollment 4
Putnam County Exceptional Education
156 Horseman Club Rd
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0530
Other
Putnam Edge High School
951 Moseley Ave
ZIP: 32177
(386) 916-6354
High
Total Enrollment 97
Palatka High School
302 Mellon Rd
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0577
High
Total Enrollment 1259
The Children's Reading Center
7901 Saint Johns Ave
ZIP: 32177
(386) 328-9990
Primary
Total Enrollment 215
William D. Moseley Elementary School
1100 Husson Ave
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0562
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
James A. Long Elementary School
1400 Old Jacksonville Rd
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0575
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
C. L. Overturf Jr 6th Grade Center
1100 S 18th St
ZIP: 32177
(386) 329-0569
Middle
Total Enrollment 381

Palatka Private Schools

River Christian Academy
3111 Saint Johns Ave
ZIP: 32177
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Hillcrest Academy
2009 President St
ZIP: 32177
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
Peniel Baptist Academy
110 Peniel Church Rd
ZIP: 32177
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 274
Putnam Banner Private School System
820 Reid St Ste 3
ZIP: 32178
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
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The St. John's at Palatka. between 1880 and 1897
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