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Palatka, Florida

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Welcome to Palatka ...

The city of Palatka is located in Putnam County<1> and is the County Seat for Putnam County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Palatka has a population of 10,418 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Palatka.

Palatka is 60 feet [18 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Palatka lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Palatka: (386)

The ZIP codes for Palatka: 32177-32178<4>

Websites for Palatka ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Palatka had an population of 10,418 people. This is a decrease of 1.33% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.84% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Palatka had a population of 10,558 people (or 14.2% of the total population of Putnam County). This makes Palatka the county's most populous community.

The population of Palatka represents 0.06% of the total population of Florida (which has 18,801,310 people), making it the state's 157th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 10,558 people, the population of Palatka increased 5.23% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 10,033 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Palatka.

Communities Also Named Palatka ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Palatka - they are located in Arkansas and Michigan.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Palatka.

Communities near Palatka ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Palatka.

  • Crescent City [Putnam County]
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    • Crescent City [Putnam County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Palatka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,533 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crescent City<6>
  • Interlachen [Putnam County]
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    • Interlachen [Putnam County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the west of Palatka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,477 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Interlachen
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Interlachen<6>
  • Pomona Park [Putnam County]
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    • Pomona Park [Putnam County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Palatka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 927 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pomona Park
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pomona Park<6>
  • Welaka [Putnam County]
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    • Welaka [Putnam County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Palatka
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 719 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Welaka
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Welaka<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Hastings [Saint Johns County]
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      • Hastings [Saint Johns County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Palatka
      • Estimated population in 2018: 648 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hastings
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hastings<6>
    • San Mateo [Putnam County]
    • Satsuma [Putnam County]
    • Bostwick [Putnam County]
    • Hollister [Putnam County]
    • Federal Point [Putnam County]
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      • Federal Point [Putnam County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Palatka
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Palatka. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Palatka.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Palatka. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Palatka.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Palatka. Our list includes 29 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Palatka.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Palatka ...

Looking for more information about Palatka? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Palatka, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Palatka.

Adding Palatka to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Palatka in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Palatka was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Palatka on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Florida

About Putnam County

About Florida

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Palatka:

The official website for Putnam County:

The official website for State of Florida:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Florida's counties, including Putnam, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Palatka.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Palatka - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Palatka). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Palatka or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Palatka includes: 32177 & 32178.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Palatka) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Palatka. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PalatkaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palatka. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6488, Longitude: -81.6623    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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