Putnam County highlights
ORIGIN: Putnam County was formed in 1848 from Kanawha, Cabell and Mason counties. The county was named for Israel Putnam, a New England patriot, who served as a general in the Revolutionary War.
POPULATION: 55,488 (according to 2008 Census estimate)
AREA IN SQUARE MILES: 350.
CITIES AND TOWNS: Bancroft, Black Betsy, Buffalo, Confidence, Culloden, Eleanor, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Hurricane, Lanham, Liberty, Midway, Nitro, Pliny, Poca, Raymond City, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays, Teays Valley and Winfield.
POLICE/SHERIFF: Putnam County Sheriff's Department 304-586-0256, State Police Winfield Detachment 304-586-2000.
COURTHOUSE: 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield, 304-586-0202.
ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS: Sherry Hayes, county assessor; Ronnie Matthews, circuit clerk; Phillip Stowers and O.C. Spaulding, circuit judges; Brian Wood, county clerk; Gary Tillis, Stephen Andes, Joseph Haynes, county commissioners; William Watkins, family law judge; Kylene Dunlap Brown, Kim Blair, Linda Hunt, magistrates; Mark A. Sorsaia, prosecuting attorney; Mark Smith, sheriff.
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Putnam County Schools, 304-586-0500.
LIBRARY: Putnam County Library, 4219 State Route 34, Hurricane, 304-757-7308.
MEDIAN AGE: 37.7.
PER CAPITA INCOME: $20,471.
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $47,221.
MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE: $102,900.
POPULATION 17 and YOUNGER: 23.1 percent.
65 AND OLDER: 12.7 percent.
RACIAL BREAKDOWN BY PERCENTAGE: White 97.7 percent, Black 0.8 percent, American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 percent, Asian 0.7 percent, Hispanic or Latino 0.6 percent.
HOUSING OWNER-OCCUPIED: 84 percent.
PERSONS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL: 9.9 percent.
UTILITIES: Water -- City of Hurricane, Putnam Public Service District, West Virginia American Water. Electric -- American Electric Power.
CABLE: Comcast Communications, Suddenlink Communications.