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The 2000 Census showed that Putnam County had a population of 62,315 people. This represented 1.1% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's 19th most populous county (out of 95 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Putnam had a population of 72,431 people. This is an increase of 16.23% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201072,321+16.06%-0.15% since 2009
200972,431+16.23%+1.49% since 2008
200871,369+14.53%+2.05% since 2007
200769,933+12.22%+1.6% since 2006
200668,834+10.46%+2.55% since 2005
200567,124+7.72%+1.65% since 2004
200466,037+5.97%+1.54% since 2003
200365,036+4.37%+1.29% since 2002
200264,205+3.03%+1.55% since 2001
200163,227+1.46%+1.46% since 2000
200062,315The Last Census

Putnam County had 26,916 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Putnam County has a total area<3> of 402.6 square miles [1,042 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.5 square miles [3.89 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Putnam County had a population density of 155.4 people per square mile [60 people/km²], making it the state's 20th most densely populated county (out of 95 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Putnam County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Putnam and the state of Tennessee.

Click here for the Putnam County QuickFact (QF-47141).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Putnam County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CumberlandQF-47035   SE54,10946,80215.61%
DeKalbQF-47041   SW18,95417,4238.79%
FentressQF-47049   NE17,67716,6256.33%
JacksonQF-47087   NW10,87510,984-0.99%
OvertonQF-47133   NE21,06020,1184.68%
SmithQF-47159   W19,20117,7128.41%
WhiteQF-47185   S25,44423,10210.14%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Putnam. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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