Quality of Life

Putnam County is a lively, active community, which hosts many annual events and festivals. History, culture, arts, shopping, and recreational opportunities abound. Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair offer more than 400 miles of shoreline and many opportunities for camping, hiking, swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing. Enjoy world-class golf at Reynolds Plantation, The Ritz Carlton, Cuscowilla Resort or Uncle Remus Golf Course. Locate your business in Putnam County and work where you live and play.

  • Golf courses
  • Shopping
  • Outdoor Markets
  • Lake Oconee & Lake Sinclair
  • Antebellum Homes
  • Lake Life
  • Events & Festivals


Cost of Living Cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. Overall the Putnam County, GA cost of living index is 89.70. This means Putnam County, GA is 10.3% cheaper to live than the US average.
Healthcare As the area’s best 100 percent digital, non-profit, healthcare provider, Putnam General Hospital is very proud to have served the Eatonton and surrounding lake areas with over 40 years of excellent healthcare.  Putnam General Hospital provides general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room patients, and participates in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Specialty services include Cardiac Rehabilitation, an Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU), a Swing Bed Skilled Nursing Unit, Physical Therapy Services, Respiratory Therapy Services, Imaging Department, and a Sleep Center. Emergency room services are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.  Sixteen additional hospitals are located within a 50 mile radius of Eatonton, including four trauma hospitals, the Georgia Center for Total Cancer Care at Cowles Clinic, and more than 1000 specialists.
Museums  Eatonton-Putnam County has numerous museums including: The Uncle Remus Museum , Old School History Museum, and the Georgia Writers Museum.
Historic Sites & Landmarks Historic sites and landmarks include: The Alice Walker Driving Tour, Rock Eagle and Rock Hawk Effigies, Historic Downtown Eatonton, and The Historic Piedmont Scenic BywayCrooked Pines FarmSouthern Manor Farms, and the Old Hudson Plantation.
Performing Arts The Plaza Arts Center attracts national, regional, local, and even international performers and shows to this special venue in the heart of the south. Our summer concert series, Meet Me at the Plaza, offers casual outdoor entertainment on The Plaza Arts Center lawn.
Events & Festivals Festivals and events include: Putnam County Dairy FestivalBriar Patch Arts FestivalFire and Ice Festival, Farm Days, outdoor markets, and the Eatonton-Putnam Sesquicentennial Civil War Commemorations . See more on the 2017 Calendar of 2017 Events.

For more information, please contact Terry Schwindler, Economic Development Director at:
706-816-8099 or tschwindler@putnamdevelopmentauthority.com .

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