Putnam County, Ohio

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Putnam County, Ohio
Seal of Putnam County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Putnam County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the United States highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Founded January 3, 1834
Named for Israel Putnam
Seat Ottawa
Largest village Ottawa
 • Total 484 sq mi (1,254 km2)
 • Land 483 sq mi (1,251 km2)
 • Water 1.8 sq mi (5 km2), 0.4%
 • (2010) 34,499
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.putnamcountyohio.gov

Putnam County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,499.[1] Its county seat is Ottawa.[2] The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1834.[3] Its name is in honor of Israel Putnam, who was a hero in the French and Indian War and a general in the American Revolutionary War.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 483 square miles (1,250 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 230
1840 5,189 2,156.1%
1850 7,221 39.2%
1860 12,808 77.4%
1870 17,081 33.4%
1880 23,713 38.8%
1890 30,188 27.3%
1900 32,525 7.7%
1910 29,972 −7.8%
1920 27,751 −7.4%
1930 25,074 −9.6%
1940 25,016 −0.2%
1950 25,248 0.9%
1960 28,331 12.2%
1970 31,134 9.9%
1980 32,991 6.0%
1990 33,819 2.5%
2000 34,726 2.7%
2010 34,499 −0.7%
Est. 2013 34,088 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 34,726 people, 12,200 households, and 9,308 families residing in the county. The population density was 72 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 12,753 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.26% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.51% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 4.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,200 households out of which 39.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.90% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.70% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,426, and the median income for a family was $52,859. Males had a median income of $36,548 versus $23,963 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,680. About 4.00% of families and 5.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.40% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.


The Putnam County Board of Education operates nine separate school districts county-wide.

Other villages across the county are served by one or more of these districts above in the district's zone area.


Map of Putnam County, Ohio with municipal and township labels



Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

  • Avis
  • Croswell
  • Cuba
  • Dorninton
  • Douglas
  • Elm Center
  • Hartsburg
  • Hector
  • Jones City
  • Kieferville
  • Muntanna
  • New Cleveland
  • North Creek
  • Prentiss
  • Rice
  • Rimer
  • Rushmore
  • Townwood
  • Wisterman

Putnam County Fair[edit]

Official logo for Putnam County Fair

The Putnam County Fair is located in Ottawa, Ohio and the slogan is "A Blue Ribbon Event." At the fairgrounds, there are several activities from playing games, to riding rides, or just eating the food. The Putnam County Fair usually runs the last week of June.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Ohio: Individual County Chronologies". Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Putnam County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Marguerite Calvin, Death, Administration, Marriage, and Miscellaneous Notices from the Kalida Venture, Putnam County, Ohio, 1845-1854. Ottawa, OH: Putnam County District Library, 1987.
  • Marguerite Calvin, Newspaper Notices from the Kalida Venture, Putnam County, Ohio 1845-1852: A Supplement to Deaths, Administration, Marriage, and Miscellaneous Notices. Ottawa, OH: Putnam County District Library, 1993.
  • Marguerite Calvin, Newspaper Notices from the Kalida Sentinel, Putnam County, Ohio, 1861-1866. Ottawa, OH: Putnam County District Library, 1991.
  • Marguerite Calvin and David S. Adams, People and Places: Putnam County, Ohio, 1800-1900. Ottawa, OH: M. Calvin, 1981.
  • Audrey S. Carroll, Putnam County Pioneer Association: Centennial History, 1873-1973, Putnam County, Ohio. Columbus Grove, OH: Heffner Printing Co., 1973.
  • Imogene Elwer, Chronicles of the Past: A History of Putnam County, Ohio. n.c.: n.p., 1990s.
  • Delbert L. Gratz, Historical and Genealogical Sketch of the Swiss Mennonites of Allen and Putnam Counties, Ohio. Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society, 1940.
  • Henry Howe, History of Putnam County, Ohio, 1820-1899. Knightstown, IN: The Bookmark, 1977.
  • George D. Kinder, History of Putnam Country, Ohio: Its Peoples, Industries, and Institutions: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen and Co., 1915.
  • Putnam County Genealogical Society, Putnam County, Ohio Cemeteries. Ottawa, OH: Putnam County Genealogical Society, 1993.
  • Putnam County Historical Society, The Blizzard of 1978 in Putnam County, Ohio. Kalida, OH: Putnam County Historical Society, 1978.
  • Putnam County Historical Society, History of Putnam County, Ohio, 1880: Illustrated, Containing Outline Map, Fifteen Farm Maps and a History of the County; Lithographic Views of Buildings — Public and Private; Portraits of Prominent Men; General statistics; Miscellaneous Matters, etc. Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1995.
  • Putnam County Historical Society, Putnam County Pioneer Reminiscences, 1878-1887. Kalida, OH: Putnam County Historical Society, 1981.
  • Daniel W. Seitz and O.C. Talbot, The Putnam County Atlas, 1895: Containing Sectional Outline Maps of the County...Farm Maps of the Fifteen Townships...Together with Maps of All the Towns Reduced to Single Page Size... Ottawa, OH: D.W. Seitz and O.C. Talbot, 1895.
  • Mary L. Sheeley, Putnam County, Ohio One-Room Schools. Kalida, OH: Putnam County Historical Society, 1985.
  • Marjorie Waterfield, The Ledger Tells the Story, 1811-1879: The History of the Irwin family of Putnam County, Ohio. Bowling Green, OH: M. Waterfield, 1997.
  • A Portrait and Biographical Record of Allen and Putnam Counties, Ohio: Containing Biographical Sketches of Many Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States, and Biographies of the Governors of Ohio. Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Company, 1896.

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Coordinates: 41°01′N 84°08′W / 41.02°N 84.13°W / 41.02; -84.13