Introduction to Putnam, Connecticut

Putnam, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 24 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 53 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.

Putnam History

The area which is now known as Putnam, was officially incorporated in 1855. A New England Mill town created out of Pomfret, Killingly, and Thompson, the community was named in honor of Israel Putnam, a Revolutionary War General. The area acted as a key contributor in supplying clothing and other materials to the Civil War soldiers. Floods resulting from heavy downpours during two hurricanes, caused great damage Putnam. The town is located in Windham County, which was established in 1726.

Putnam and nearby Attractions

  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
  • New England Center for Contemporary Art
  • Mashamoquet Brook State Park
  • Governor Trumbull House
  • Brimfield State Forest

Things To Do In Putnam

There are numerous parks in the area such as Brimfield State Forest, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, World War II Memorial State Park, and Mansfield Hollow State Park, all of which offer many recreational facilities. One can shop at the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center. Local churches include Daughters of the Holy Spirit Church, Saint Philips Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church of Putnam, and Assembly of God Church. History buffs may visit museums such as the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, the Revolutionary War Office, and the Lebanon Historical Society Museum. The golf clubs in the neighborhood are Woodstock Golf Course & Driving Range, Vineyard Valley Golf Club, and Harrisville Golf Course.

Putnam Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport is nearby.

Putnam Higher Education

Higher education can be found at Bryant College, College of the Holy Cross, and Assumption College.


Total Population 7,147
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,597
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16%
Median Earnings25+ $31,272
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,609
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,795


Median Family Income $50,756
% Above Poverty Level 89.3%
% Below Poverty Level 10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $844
Median House Value $161,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 15.7%
Irish 14.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Putnam Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham
Standard Zip Codes 06260
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.915
Longitude -71.909

Putnam Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Putnam, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Putnam (06260)

Laurel Hill (06260)

Putman (06260)

Putnam Heights (06260)

Putnm (06260)

Rhodesville (06260)

Sawyer District (06260)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Putnam Public Libraries

Putnam Public Library
Putnam, Connecticut
(860) 963-6826
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Putnam Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(860) 928-6541
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 428 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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