Putnam County, West Virginia

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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 2000, the population was 51,589. Its county seat is Winfield[1].

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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