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Putnam County
Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield
Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield
Map of West Virginia highlighting Putnam County
Location within the U.S. state of West Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting West Virginia
West Virginia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
Founded March 11, 1848
Named for Israel Putnam
Seat Winfield
Largest city Hurricane
Area
 • Total 350 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Land 346 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Water 4.7 sq mi (12 km2)  1.3%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 55,486
 • Estimate 
(2019)
56,450
 • Density 158.5/sq mi (61.2/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Putnam County is a county in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,486. Its county seat is Winfield and its largest city is Hurricane. Putnam County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, across the Kanawha River from Charleston, West Virginia.

Geography

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.

Major highways

  • WV-25.svg West Virginia Route 25
  • WV-34.svg West Virginia Route 34
  • WV-62.svg West Virginia Route 62
  • WV-817.svg West Virginia Route 817
  • WV-869.svg West Virginia Route 869

Adjacent counties

Demographics

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. 2019 56,450 1.7%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 55,486 people, 21,981 households, and 16,176 families in the county. The population density was 160/sqmi (61.9/km2). There were 23,438 housing units at an average density of 67.7/sqmi (26.2/km2). 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. In terms of ancestry, 13.2% were American, 12.9% were German, 11.3% were English, and 10.6% were Irish.

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.

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.

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Cities

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Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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