Putnam County, Florida

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Putnam County, Florida
Palatka Putnam cty crths01.jpg
Seal of Putnam County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Putnam County
Location in the state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
Founded January 18, 1849
Seat Palatka
Largest city Palatka
Area
 • Total 827.16 sq mi (2,142 km2)
 • Land 721.89 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Water 105.27 sq mi (273 km2), 12.73%
Population
 • (2010) 74,364
 • Density 103/sq mi (39.76/km²)
Congressional districts 5th, 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.putnam-fl.com

Putnam County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 74,364.[1] Its county seat is Palatka.[2] The county is centrally located between Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach.

The entire county makes up the Palatka Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Putnam County was created in 1849. It was Florida's 28th county created from parts of St. Johns, Alachua, Orange, Duval, and Marion counties. The county was named for Benjamin A. Putnam, who was a soldier in the First Seminole War, a lawyer, Florida legislator, and the first president of the Florida Historic Society. The Putnam County (Fla.) Historical Society has determined that Benjamin A. Putnam is the grandson of Israel Putnam, for whom other counties and places in the United States are named.[3] Benjamin A. Putnam died in the county seat of Palatka in 1869.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 827.16 square miles (2,142.3 km2), of which 721.89 square miles (1,869.7 km2) (or 87.27%) is land and 105.27 square miles (272.6 km2) (or 12.73%) is water.[4] The county contains various sinkhole lakes such as Lake Barco where unconsolidated deposits on the surface have slumped into the highly soluble limestone of the upper Floridan aquifer.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 687
1860 2,712 294.8%
1870 3,821 40.9%
1880 6,261 63.9%
1890 11,186 78.7%
1900 11,641 4.1%
1910 13,096 12.5%
1920 14,568 11.2%
1930 18,096 24.2%
1940 18,698 3.3%
1950 23,615 26.3%
1960 32,212 36.4%
1970 36,290 12.7%
1980 50,549 39.3%
1990 65,070 28.7%
2000 70,423 8.2%
2010 74,364 5.6%
Est. 2012 73,263 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

As of the 2000 United States Census[8] there were 70,423 people, 27,839 households, and 19,459 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 33,870 housing units at an average density of 47 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.91% White, 17.04% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.94% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 5.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 27,839 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,180, and the median income for a family was $34,499. Males had a median income of $29,975 versus $20,955 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,603. About 15.80% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.60% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Municipalities[edit]

Incorporated[edit]

  1. City of Crescent City
  2. Town of Interlachen
  3. City of Palatka (County Seat)
  4. Town of Pomona Park
  5. Town of Welaka

Unincorporated[edit]

Education[edit]

The main campus of St. Johns River State College is located in Palatka (the county seat). link title

Libraries[edit]

Putnam County has 5 branches that serve the area.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Palatka (main) 9:00-6:00 9:00-9:00 9:00-6:00 9:00-9:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-1:00 Closed
Bostwick Closed 12:00-6:00 10:00-3:00 2:30-8:00 10:00-3:00 9:00-12:30 Closed
Crescent City Closed 9:00-5:30 10:00-7:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-5:00 9:00-1:00 Closed
Interlachen Closed 9:30-6:00 9:30-6:00 9:30-6:00 9:30-6:00 9:00-12:30 Closed
Melrose Closed 9:30-6:00 9:30-6:00 9:30-6:00 9:30-6:00 9:00-12:30 Closed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "The Naming of Our Putnam County". Retrieved 2009-02-12. "Family researcher Bill Putman appears to have made the link between Israel and Benjamin Alexander Putnam. One of Israel's sons was Benjamin Farley Putnam who was born in Danvers (Salem Village), Massachusetts on August 26, 1751. He served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War and settled in Savannah before 1787. He was married to Ann Sophia Malcolm who was from Washington, D.C. They had two children who died young: John (1794) and Helen (1792). Their other children were Augustus H. (1792-1817), John Gustavus (1796-1864 in Madison, Fla.), Charles E. (1797-1847), Caroline (1800-1839 in New Jersey), and our Benjamin Alexander Putnam." 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ Mueller, David K.; Helsel, Dennis R. (1996). "Field Studies of Karst Terrain". Circular. The Survey. p. 52. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 29°37′N 81°44′W / 29.61°N 81.74°W / 29.61; -81.74