Georgia Putnam County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: December 10, 1807

Population: 18,812

Total Area: 344.5 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Eatonton (County Seat)

Putnam County was created in 1807 from a portion of Baldwin County. Georgia’s 33rd county was named to honor General Israel Putnam of Connecticut one of the Patriot commanders at Breeds Hill, in the engagement misnamed the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Eatonton is home to the Uncle Remus Museum, as well as a Brer Rabbit Statue standing on the courthouse square.

Rock Eagle State 4-H Club Center and the Oconee National Forest are located in the county. Rock Eagle is an eagle-shaped mound of white quartz boulders created by the early Indians. Portions of Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair are in the county, providing an impetus for growth and development.

Joel Chandler Harris, author of The Uncle Remus Tales , was born and grew up in Putnam County. Contemporary writer, Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple , is also from Putnam County.

The two main special events in Putnam County are the Dairy Festival and the Christmas Celebration. The Dairy Festival is held every June to celebrate the importance of the dairy industry to Putnam County. The county claims the title of “Dairy Capital of Georgia,” although there are several other contenders to that title.

Putnam County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 344.5 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 59.5 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 124.1%. On the 2000 census form, 99.1% of the population reported only one race, with 29.9% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 2.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.50 persons compared to an average family size of 2.90 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,295. Per capita income grew by 18.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 20,495 Covered Employment 6,821
Growth (%) since 1990 45.0% Average wage per job $29,878
Households (2000) 7,402 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 14.5%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 10,330 Average wage per job $28,112
Unemployment Rate (2009) 10.5 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 4.2%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $34,248 Average wage per job $31,488
Median Household Income (2008) $42,656 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 15.8 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 75.5 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.7%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 14.4 Average wage per job $38,697

1. PUTNAM County
Address: 403 Alice Walker Drive, Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: (706) 485-2670
County: Putnam County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

2. PUTNAM County
Address: 162 Old Glenwood Springs Rd, Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: (706) 485-5141
County: Putnam County
Enrollment: 1,440
Grades: PK-5

3. PUTNAM County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 140 Sparta Hwy, Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: (706) 485-9971
County: Putnam County
Enrollment: 756
Grades: 9-12

4. PUTNAM County
Address: 314 S Washington Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024
Phone: (706) 485-8547
County: Putnam County
Enrollment: 569
Grades: 6-8