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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Palatka is a town in Florida with a population of 10,320. Palatka is in Putnam County. Living in Palatka offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Palatka there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Palatka and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$78,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$693
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Palatka Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    868.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    28.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    617.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,229.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    231.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    42%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Palatka

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$26,177
National
$55,322
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Palatka Reviews

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I love living in Palatka/Putnam County! We have some of the friendliest and most caring people I have ever met. Palatka/Putnam County has a small hometown feel, where people still nod or say "hi" when they pass on the sidewalk. There are small family owned businesses that make you feel welcome the moment you step in the door. There are plenty of things to do if you just try- hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, boating, horseback riding-plenty of green space and parks. Ravine State Gardens, Etoniah State Forest, Dunns Creek State Park and 18 community parks/sports field for the youth. There are 14 public boat ramps, 5 community centers and an Aquatics center. Palatka I located within an 1hr to major shopping, concerts, college football stadium, and the beach. I raised three sons here and they all moved back to raise their families in Palatka. I wouldn't live anywhere else, and YES I have traveled all over the USA and other countries.
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my hometown! great place to grow up. most schools are doing ok, could use more good teachers. Located on the St. Johns river just 30 minutes from the beach and about a hour away from Jacksonville or Gainesville so not to far from larger cities.
The things that I really enjoy about Palatka Florida are the history, and the local activities which are sponsored by the town. Palatka is rich in history as well as being known as being the bass capital in the United States. I would really like to see improvement for the education programs in the city. It seems that most education in the city is lacking and would benefit greatly from better educational funding.