Putnam County, Indiana facts for kids
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Putnam County Courthouse in Greencastle
Location within the U.S. state of Indiana
Indiana's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 31, 1822|
|Named for||Israel Putnam|
|• Total||482.69 sq mi (1,250.2 km2)|
|• Land||480.53 sq mi (1,244.6 km2)|
|• Water||2.16 sq mi (5.6 km2) 0.45%%|
|• Density||78.7/sq mi (30.37/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Indiana county number 67|
Putnam County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 37,963. The county seat is Greencastle. 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. The county was formed on April 1, 1822 from Owen and Vigo Counties and parts of the Wabash New Purchase attached to Monroe and Parke Counties.
According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 482.69 square miles (1,250.2 km2), of which 480.53 square miles (1,244.6 km2) (or 99.55%) is land and 2.16 square miles (5.6 km2) (or 0.45%) is water.
- Heritage Lake
- Van Bibber Lake
Other unincorporated places
- Montgomery County (north)
- Hendricks County (east)
- Morgan County (southeast)
- Owen County (south)
- Clay County (southwest)
- Parke County (west)
Climate and weather
|Weather chart for Greencastle, Indiana|
|temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: The Weather Channel
In recent years, average temperatures in Greencastle have ranged from a low of 18 °F (−8 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F (30 °C) in July, although a record low of −23 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 107 °F (42 °C) was recorded in July 1954. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 2.40 inches (61 mm) in January to 5.14 inches (131 mm) in July.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 37,963 people, 12,917 households, and 9,256 families residing in the county. The population density was 79.0 inhabitants per square mile (30.5/km2). There were 14,706 housing units at an average density of 30.6 per square mile (11.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.4% white, 4.0% black or African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.6% were German, 15.3% were American, 12.7% were Irish, and 12.6% were English.
Of the 12,917 households, 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.3% were non-families, and 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.96. The median age was 37.9 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $59,354. Males had a median income of $44,615 versus $29,211 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,441. About 7.7% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
The Dick Huffman or Webster CB is the furthest south, just off I-70. This route is not at an interstate exit.
Houck CB is out in the country, south of Greencastle. Oakala CB is just a short distance away from Houk CB.
According to the Encyclopedia of Haunted Indiana, the Edna Collins CB is considered to be haunted.
The Dunbar CB is nearest to Greencastle, which can be accessed via US 231 north, under the concrete railroad viaduct.
The Rolling Stone CB which is the next parallel north of US 36. A third covered bridge is one parallel north of the Rolling Stone. This and Pine Bluff CB are on gravel roads.
The Cornstalk CB is the furthest north. It's east of the town of Raccoon, which is just off US 231. It is on a secondary road out of town to the south.
- See also: List of Indiana covered bridges
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