Putnam County, Florida is located in northeast Florida. Palatka, the County’s seat, is approximately 44 miles due east of Gainesville, FL (home to the State’s flagship university – the University of Florida), approximately 63 miles due south of Jacksonville, FL (the largest metropolitan city in northeast Florida), approximately 69 miles northeast of Daytona, FL, and approximately 90 miles north of Orlando, FL.
The median household income in Putnam County is greatly affected by the amount of people over 65 and under 18 (43% of total population). Median Household Income is $33,003 and the average of the 15 county rural region making up the North Florida Economic Development Partnership is $38,507.
True wages are higher than the reported per capita income based on the large number of skilled manufacturing jobs in steel fabrication (average $22 an hour), pulp and paper industry average $14-$29 an hour), and the health care industry ($12 - $40 an hour).