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Putnam County, West Virginia

US county information
NamePutnam County
StateWest Virginia
SeatWinfield
US Area
Total Area350 sq mi (906.5 km2)
Land Area346 sq mi (896.1 km2)
Water Area4 sq mi (10.4 km2)
Population Est.55486|http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/54/54079.html density_km2=57.6 (2010)
Density57.6/km2 (149.2/sq mi)
Founded1848

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Putnam County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The 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. As of 2010, the population was 55,486. Its county seat is Winfield .

Putnam County is part of the Charleston, WV metropolitan area, with a 2006 Census population estimate of 305,526 people.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 350 square miles (908 km2), of which 346 square miles (897 km2) is land and 4 square miles (11 km2) (1.19%) is water.

Since the county is roughly equidistant between Charleston and Huntington, the state's two largest cities, along Interstate 64, the area has undergone a period of rapid suburbanization. Areas that were once farms or wooded backcountry are now being developed into subdivisions. In fact, the area is now the second-fastest growing region of West Virginia, following the sections of the Eastern Panhandle that are near Washington, DC.

Controversial lottery winner Jack Whittaker lives in Putnam County; he won the multi-state Powerball jackpot on December 25, 2002.


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