Putnam County, WV

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2022 Population
57,347
0.0662% 1-year decline
US Senator
Joe Manchin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Shelley Moore Capito
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42.2
0.238% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
10.9%
4.57% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$75,725
10.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$202,300
14.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
25,765
1.46% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Putnam County, WV had a population of 57.3k people with a median age of 42.2 and a median household income of $75,725. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Putnam County, WV declined from 57,385 to 57,347, a −0.0662% decrease and its median household income grew from $68,740 to $75,725, a 10.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Putnam County, WV are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.42%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.825%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.698%), and White (Hispanic) (0.574%).

None of the households in Putnam County, WV reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.5% of the residents in Putnam County, WV are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Putnam County, WV are Putnam Career and Technical Center (60 degrees awarded in 2022) and Strayer University-West Virginia (456621) (29 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Putnam County, WV was $202,300, and the homeownership rate was 82.1%.

Most people in Putnam County, WV drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Putnam County, WV was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Putnam County, WV is home to a population of 57.3k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.35% of Putnam County, WV residents were born outside of the country (776 people).

In 2022, there were 39.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.2k people) in Putnam County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.39k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 473 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.5%
2022 Citizenship
99.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.5% of Putnam County, WV residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Putnam County, WV was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Putnam County, WV
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    54.2k ± 345
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.39k ± 357
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    473 ± 201
1.29%
Hispanic Population
737 people

In 2022, there were 39.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (54.2k people) in Putnam County, WV than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.39k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 473 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.29% of the people in Putnam County, WV are hispanic (737 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,064 ± 1,115 people
  2. Germany
    1,923 ± 1,076 people
  3. China
    1,815 ± 1,045 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of West Virginia was Mexico, the natal country of 2,064 West Virginia residents, followed by Germany with 1,923 and China with 1,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.35%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
776 people
1.62%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
928 people

As of 2022, 1.35% of Putnam County, WV residents (776 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Putnam County, WV was 1.62%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,312 ± 261
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    829 ± 286
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    425 ± 164

Putnam County, WV has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Putnam County, WV employs 25.8k people. The largest industries in Putnam County, WV are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,205 people), Retail Trade (2,689 people), and Educational Services (2,257 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($92,684), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($90,313), and Utilities ($89,193).

Males in West Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,743. The income inequality in West Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.449, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

25.8k
2022 Value
± 1,365
−1.46%
1 Year decline
± 7.66%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Putnam County, WV declined at a rate of −1.46%, from 26.1k employees to 25.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Putnam County, WV, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,036 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,932 people), and Management Occupations (2,764 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Putnam County, WV.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

25.8k
2022 Value
± 1,365
−1.46%
1 Year decline
± 7.66%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Putnam County, WV declined at a rate of −1.46%, from 26.1k employees to 25.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Putnam County, WV, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,205 people), Retail Trade (2,689 people), and Educational Services (2,257 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Putnam County, WV, though some of these residents may live in Putnam County, WV and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$59,048
Median earning men ± $5,273
$39,268
Median earning women ± $4,233

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($118,795), Information ($95,673), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($87,353).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($92,757), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($78,176), and Wholesale Trade ($67,083).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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0.583%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 690k people employed in West Virginia. This represents a 0.583% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 15%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 471
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 314
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 223
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Putnam County, WV went to Donald J. Trump with 70.3% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (27.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.75%).

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing the state of West Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from West Virginia

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Joe Manchin
Senator from West Virginia1
Assumed office on November 15, 2010
Elected to the seat to succeed Carte Goodwin, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of Robert Byrd.
Shelley Moore Capito
Senator from West Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are the senators currently representing West Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from West Virginia

West Virginia is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Putnam County, WV awarded 89 degrees. The student population of Putnam County, WV in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 107 male students and 232 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Putnam County, WV are White (83 and 93.3%), followed by Black or African American (4 and 4.49%), Asian (1 and 1.12%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (1 and 1.12%).

The largest universities in Putnam County, WV by number of degrees awarded are Putnam Career and Technical Center (60 and 67.4%) and Strayer University-West Virginia (456621) (29 and 32.6%).

The most popular majors in Putnam County, WV are Medical Assistant (26 and 29.2%), Construction, Heavy, & Earth-Moving Equipment Operation (23 and 25.8%), and General Business (13 and 14.6%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 339 students enrolled in Putnam County, WV, 31.6% men and 68.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 285 records, of which 68.1% were women and 31.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 11 degrees awarded
  2. 2 degrees awarded
  3. 2 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Putnam County, WV was General Business with 11 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Putnam County, WV according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 60 degrees awarded
  2. 29 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Putnam Career and Technical Center with 60 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 30 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Putnam County, WV, which is 0.508 times less than the 59 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 83 degrees mean that there were 20.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($13,320) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($195) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,350) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.661% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.559% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (549k), Some college (279k), and Secondary Education (210k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Putnam County, WV was $202,300 in 2022, which is 0.718 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $176,300 to $202,300, a 14.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Putnam County, WV is 82.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Putnam County, WV have an average commute time of 28.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Putnam County, WV is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Putnam County, WV is $75,725. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Putnam County, WV was Census Tract 206.04 with a value of $104,235, followed by Census Tract 206.01 and Census Tract 203, with respective values of $101,272 and $93,750.

In 2022, 9.23% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Putnam County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.13%.

Property

$202,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,891
$18,398
Median Property Taxes
±$1,003

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Putnam County, WV the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

82.1%
Homeownership
2022
66.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 82.1% of the housing units in Putnam County, WV were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 82.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 206.04
  2. Census Tract 206.01
  3. Census Tract 203

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Putnam County, WV was Census Tract 206.04 with a value of $104,235, followed by Census Tract 206.01 and Census Tract 203, with respective values of $101,272 and $93,750.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Putnam County, WV colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$75,725
Median Household Income
± $6,839
22.4k
Number of Households
± 1,209

In 2022, the median household income of the 22.4k households in Putnam County, WV grew to $75,725 from the previous year's value of $68,740.

The following chart displays the households in Putnam County, WV distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Putnam County, WV is from West Virginia.
0.449
2022 Wage GINI in West Virginia
0.447
2021 Wage GINI in West Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in West Virginia was 0.449 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.523% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for West Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in West Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83%)
  2. Worked At Home (7.83%)
  3. Carpooled (7.28%)

In 2022, 83% of workers in Putnam County, WV drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (7.83%) and those who carpooled to work (7.28%).

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Commute Time

28.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Putnam County, WV have a longer commute time (28.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.13% of the workforce in Putnam County, WV have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Putnam County, WV distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Putnam County, WV have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 9.23% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Putnam County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.13%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Putnam County, WV (6.23k out of 56.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Putnam County, WV is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 13.1% of the children was living in poverty in Putnam County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 371 in Putnam County, WV. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 208 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Putnam County, WV has health coverage, with 51.4% on employee plans, 15.9% on Medicaid, 16.3% on Medicare, 8.81% on non-group plans, and 2.37% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Putnam County, WV see 973 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.74% increase from the previous year (929 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2257 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1129 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

973 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Putnam County, WV

Primary care physicians in Putnam County, WV see an average of 973 patients per year. This represents a 4.74% increase from the previous year (929 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Putnam County, WV in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.2% under 18 years, 17% between 18 and 34 years, 40.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.32%
Uninsured
51.4%
Employer Coverage
15.9%
Medicaid
16.3%
Medicare
8.81%
Non-Group
2.37%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Putnam County, WV declined by 3.15% from 5.49% to 5.32%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 41.9 in Putnam County, WV.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 39% in Putnam County, WV.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 5.87% in Putnam County, WV.

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