Putnam County, West Virginia

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Putnam County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Putnam County
Location in the U.S. state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded March 11, 1848
Named for Israel Putnam
Seat Winfield
Largest city Hurricane
Area
 • Total 350 sq mi (906 km2)
 • Land 346 sq mi (896 km2)
 • Water 4.7 sq mi (12 km2), 1.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 56,848
 • Density 164/sq mi (63/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.putnamcounty.org

Putnam County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,486.[1] Its county seat is Winfield.[2] The county was founded in 1848 and is named for Israel Putnam, who was a hero in the French and Indian War and a general in the American Revolutionary War.[3]

Putnam County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Charleston-Huntington-Ashland, WV-OH-KY Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

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 4.7 square miles (12 km2) (1.3%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 5,335
1860 6,301 18.1%
1870 7,794 23.7%
1880 11,375 45.9%
1890 14,342 26.1%
1900 17,330 20.8%
1910 18,587 7.3%
1920 17,531 −5.7%
1930 16,737 −4.5%
1940 19,511 16.6%
1950 21,021 7.7%
1960 23,561 12.1%
1970 27,625 17.2%
1980 38,181 38.2%
1990 42,835 12.2%
2000 51,589 20.4%
2010 55,486 7.6%
Est. 2015 56,848 [5] 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] 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.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 55,486 people, 21,981 households, and 16,176 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 160.5 inhabitants per square mile (62.0/km2). There were 23,438 housing units at an average density of 67.8 per square mile (26.2/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 96.8% white, 0.9% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population.[11] In terms of ancestry, 13.2% were American, 12.9% were German, 11.3% were English, and 10.6% were Irish.[13]

Of the 21,981 households, 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.4% were non-families, and 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.93. The median age was 40.9 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $52,618 and the median income for a family was $63,642. Males had a median income of $51,837 versus $31,198 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,857. About 8.5% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results[15]
Year Republican Democrat
2012 67.47% 16,032 30.54% 7,256
2008 60.92% 15,162 37.51% 9,334
2004 62.49% 15,716 36.98% 9,301
2000 59.60% 12,173 38.63% 7,891

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvcounties.html
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2016-04-10. 

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Coordinates: 38°31′N 81°55′W / 38.51°N 81.91°W / 38.51; -81.91