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The 2000 Census showed that Putnam County had a population of 51,589 people. This represented 2.85% of the total population of West Virginia, making it the state's 10th most populous county (out of 55 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Putnam had a population of 55,673 people. This is an increase of 7.92% 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
201055,486+7.55%-0.34% since 2009
200955,673+7.92%+0.42% since 2008
200855,441+7.47%+0.82% since 2007
200754,989+6.59%+0.96% since 2006
200654,464+5.57%+1.16% since 2005
200553,839+4.36%+0.95% since 2004
200453,332+3.38%+1.09% since 2003
200352,759+2.27%+1.29% since 2002
200252,086+0.96%+0.96% since 2001
200051,589The Last Census

Putnam County had 21,621 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Putnam County has a total area<3> of 350.4 square miles [907 km²]. Of this total, 346.2 square miles [896 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.19%) being water (4.17 square miles [10.8 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Putnam County had a population density of 149 people per square mile [57.5 people/km²], making it the state's 12th most densely populated county (out of 55 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 West Virginia.

Click here for the Putnam County QuickFact (QF-54079).

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
CabellQF-54011   W95,21496,784-1.62%
JacksonQF-54035   NE28,06728,0000.24%
KanawhaQF-54039   SE191,663200,073-4.2%
LincolnQF-54043   S22,14722,1080.18%
MasonQF-54053   N25,56825,957-1.5%

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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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