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.



Total Population6,529
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens14.4%
Employed Population 16+3,058
Age of the Population37


% of people married40.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.6%
Median Earnings25+$24,482
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,382
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,310


Median Family Income$45,250
% Above Poverty Level73.7%
% Below Poverty Level26.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone26.7%
Median Gross Rent$527
Median House Value$70,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)67.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
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Eatonton Almanac

CountyPutnam County
Standard Zip Codes31024
Company Zip Codes31026
Phone Area Codes4,78,706
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.32
Approximate Longitude-83.38

Eatonton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance18 miles
Jan Temp30 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 74 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 75 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp31 to 57 F
Apr Temp46 to 77 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp48 to 77 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationSILOAM 3 N
Distance26.7 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp68 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 75 F
Annual Precip47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Shady Dale437$42,250

Eatonton Hospitals

Putnam General Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
101 Lake Oconee Parkway

Eatonton Public Schools

Middle School Alternative Program
140 Sparta Hwy
ZIP: 31024
(706) 485-8547
Putnam County Elementary School
314 S Washington Ave
ZIP: 31024
(706) 485-5312
Total Enrollment 638
Putnam County High School
300 War Eagle Rd
ZIP: 31024
(706) 485-9971
Total Enrollment 681
Putnam County Middle School
140 Sparta Hwy
ZIP: 31024
(706) 485-8547
Total Enrollment 655
Putnam County Primary School
162 Old Glenwood Springs Rd
ZIP: 31024
(706) 485-5141
Total Enrollment 835

Eatonton Private Schools

Gatewood Schools
139 Phillips Dr
ZIP: 31024
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 374
Redeemer Episcopal Academy
680 Old Phoenix Rd
ZIP: 31024
Total Enrollment 46
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