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Putnam County, Ohio
Seal of Putnam County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Putnam County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the USA highlighting Ohio
Ohio's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 3, 1834
Seat Ottawa
Largest village Ottawa
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

484 sq mi (1,254 km²)
483 sq mi (1,251 km²)
1.8 sq mi (5 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

34,499
71/sq mi (27/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.putnamcountyohio.gov
Named for: Israel Putnam

Putnam County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,499. Its county seat is Ottawa. The county was created in 1820 and later organized in 1834. 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.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

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. 2015 34,042 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census 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.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 34,499 people, 12,872 households, and 9,556 families residing in the county. The population density was 71.5 inhabitants per square mile (27.6/km2). There were 13,731 housing units at an average density of 28.5 per square mile (11.0/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.7% white, 0.3% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 2.7% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.5% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 65.6% were German, 7.8% were Irish, and 7.3% were American.

Of the 12,872 households, 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.8% were non-families, and 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13. The median age was 39.0 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $56,573 and the median income for a family was $65,882. Males had a median income of $44,417 versus $33,200 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,023. About 5.8% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Putnam County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Putnam County, Ohio with municipal and township labels

Villages

Townships

  • Blanchard
  • Greensburg
  • Jackson
  • Jennings
  • Liberty
  • Monroe
  • Monterey
  • Ottawa
  • Palmer
  • Perry
  • Pleasant
  • Riley
  • Sugar Creek
  • Union
  • Van Buren

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Putnam County Fair

Putnam County Fair Logo
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.


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