Putnam County, Florida

Putnam County, Florida

Infobox U.S. County
county = Putnam County
state = Florida


map size = 225
founded = January 18 1849
seat = Palatka | area_total_sq_mi =827
area_land_sq_mi =722
area_water_sq_mi =105
area percentage = 12.73%
census yr = 2000
pop = 70423
density_km2 =38
web = www.putnam-fl.com
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Putnam County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 70,423. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 73,568 [http://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2005-01-12.xls] . Its county seat is Palatka, FloridaGR|6. The county is centrally located between Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach.

History

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 Historic Society. Putnam died in the county seat of Palatka in 1869.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 827 square miles (2,142 km²), of which, 722 square miles (1,870 km²) of it is land and 105 square miles (273 km²) of it (12.73%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*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

National protected area

* Ocala National Forest (part)

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, 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 population was spread out with 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.

Municipalities

Incorporated

# City of Crescent City
# Town of Interlachen
# City of Palatka (County Seat)
# Town of Pomona Park
# Town of Welaka

Unincorporated

*Bardin
*Bostwick
*Carraway
*East Palatka
*Edgar
*Florahome
*Francis
*Fruitland
*Georgetown
*Grandin
*Hollister
*Johnson Crossroads
*Lake Como
*Mannville
*Melrose
*Putnam Hall
*Rodman
*San Mateo
*Satsuma
*Springside
*Yelvington

ee also

*Drayton Island

References

External links

Government links/Constitutional offices

* [http://www1.putnam-fl.com/live/default.asp Putnam County Board of County Commissioners] official website
* [http://www.putnam-fl.com/soe/ Putnam County Supervisor of Elections]
* [http://www.putnam-fl.com/app/ Putnam County Property Appraiser]
* [http://www.pcso.us/ Putnam County Sheriff's Office]
* [http://www.putnam-fl.com/txc/ Putnam County Tax Collector]

pecial districts

* [http://www.putnamschools.org/ Putnam County School District]
* [http://www.sjrwmd.com St. Johns River Water Management District]

Judicial branch

* [http://www.putnam-fl.com/clk/ Putnam County Clerk of Courts]
* [http://www.volusia.org/publicdefender/default.htm Public Defender, 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida] serving Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
* [http://www.sao7.com/ Office of the State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida]
* [http://www.circuit7.org/ Circuit and County Court for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida]

Tourism links

* [http://www.putnamcountychamber.org/ Putnam County Chamber of Commerce]


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