Putnam County, West Virginia
|Putnam County, West Virginia|
Location in the state of West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 11, 1848|
350 sq mi (906 km²)
346 sq mi (896 km²)
4 sq mi (10 km²), 1.19%
149/sq mi (57.6/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Putnam County, founded in 1848 is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The 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. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,486. Its county seat is Winfield.
Putnam County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2010 census, the MSA had a population of 287,702. New definitions from February 28, 2013 placed the population at 363,000. Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2011 (CBSA-EST2011-01)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 350 square miles (910 km2), of which 346 square miles (900 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) (1.19%) is water.
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Adjacent counties 
- Mason County (north)
- Jackson County (northeast)
- Kanawha County (east)
- Lincoln County (south)
- Cabell County (west)
As of the census of 2000, there were 51,589 people, 20,028 households, and 15,281 families residing in the county. The population density was 149 people per square mile (58/km²). There were 21,621 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.
There were 20,028 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.70% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.96.
The age distribution was 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,892, and the median income for a family was $48,674. Males had a median income of $40,782 versus $23,532 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,471. About 7.10% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.
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Unincorporated communities 
See also 
- Amherst-Plymouth Wildlife Management Area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Putnam County, West Virginia
- United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Population statistics".
- 2011 Population Estimates (CSV) (United States Census Bureau, Population Division), 2012-05-13
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
||Mason County||Jackson County|
|Cabell County||Kanawha County|