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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
    D+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Palatka is a town in Florida with a population of 10,291. Palatka is in Putnam County. Living in Palatka offers residents a 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
$78,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$600
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Palatka Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    402.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    287.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    775.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,994.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    373.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    2%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Working in Palatka

Jobs
D+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$22,460
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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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.
I think it has a small town mentality and unwillingness to change. I see growth stunted and turned away. No future opportunities for the youth to grow and expand. Many parents do not parent. Everything here seems to be about a party life. What about our future? Our youth? Our Mayor Terrell Hill is quite amazing he sacrifices so much of himself for the greater good of our community. However, Mayor Hill can not do it alone. We need all hands on deck. Everyone needs to come together and brighten the future of Putnam County and its citizens.