|Putnam County, Florida|
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 18, 1849|
|• Total||827 sq mi (2,142 km2)|
|• Land||728 sq mi (1,886 km2)|
|• Water||99 sq mi (256 km2), 12.0%|
|• ( 2017)||73,464 |
|• Density||101/sq mi (39/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/ −4|
Putnam County comprises the Palatka, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Jacksonville- St. Marys-Palatka, FL- GA Combined Statistical Area. The county is centrally located between Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Education
- 5 Communities
- 6 Politics
- 7 Transportation
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Putnam County was created in 1849.  It was Florida's 28th county created from parts of St. Johns, Alachua, Orange, Duval, and Marion counties. The county was named for Benjamin A. Putnam, who was a soldier in the First Seminole War, a lawyer, Florida legislator, and the first president of the Florida Historical Society. The Putnam County Historical Society has determined that Benjamin A. Putnam is the grandson of Israel Putnam, for whom other counties and places in the United States are named.  Benjamin A. Putnam died in the county seat of Palatka in 1869.
- Clay County, Florida – north
- St. Johns County, Florida – northeast
- Flagler County, Florida – east
- Volusia County, Florida – southeast
- Marion County, Florida – southwest
- Alachua County, Florida – west
- Bradford County, Florida – northwest
- Ocala National Forest (part)
|U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960  1900–1990 
1990–2000  2010–2015 
As of the 2000 United States Census  there were 70,423 people, 27,839 households, and 19,459 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 33,870 housing units at an average density of 47 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.91% White, 17.04% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.94% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 5.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 27,839 households out of which 28.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.80% were married couples living together, 12.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the age distribution of the population shows 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $28,180, and the median income for a family was $34,499. Males had a median income of $29,975 versus $20,955 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,603. About 15.80% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.60% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.
The main campus of St. Johns River State College is located in Palatka (the county seat). First Coast Technical College is public, post secondary vocational school with a campus in Palatka.
Putnam County has five branches that serve the area:
- Palatka (main)
- Crescent City
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- Publications of the Florida Historical Society. Florida Historical Society. 1908. p. 33.
"The Naming of Our Putnam County". Archived from
the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
Family researcher Bill Putman appears to have made the link between Israel and Benjamin Alexander Putnam. One of Israel's sons was Benjamin Farley Putnam who was born in Danvers (Salem Village), Massachusetts on August 26, 1751. He served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary War and settled in Savannah before 1787. He was married to Ann Sophia Malcolm who was from Washington, D.C. They had two children who died young: John (1794) and Helen (1792). Their other children were Augustus H. (1792–1817), John Gustavus (1796–1864 in Madison, Florida), Charles E. (1797–1847), Caroline (1800–1839 in New Jersey), and our Benjamin Alexander Putnam.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
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- Putnam County Board of County Commissioners official website
- Putnam County Supervisor of Elections
- Putnam County Property Appraiser
- Putnam County Sheriff's Office
- Putnam County Tax Collector
- Putnam County Parks and Recreation
- Putnam County Clerk of Courts
- Public Defender, 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
- Office of the State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Circuit and County Court for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida