Putnam, Connecticut

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Putnam, Connecticut

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. The town has a population of 9,002.

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 manyt 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.

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Comparative Profile of Putnam, Connecticut

Comparing Putnam to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 8 9
Age of the Population 7 4
Female Share of the Population 6 9
Male Share of the Population 5 2
Racial Diversity 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 2
Portion of People Married 3 2


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to State
College Educated Adults 4 2


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Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 3


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to State
Low Property Crime 8 6
Low Violent Crime 5 2

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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
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Putnam Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,002 100%
Male 4,297 47.7%
Female 4,705 52.3%
Under 18 2,123 23.6%
18+ 6,879 76.4%
65+ 1,541 17.1%
Median Age 38.3
Average Family Size 2.98
White 8,581 95.3%
African-American 117 1.3%
Asian 34 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 70 0.8%
Other 43 0.5%
Mixed Race 153 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 168 1.9%

Estimated Putnam Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,288
Growth 286
Growth % 3.2%

Putnam Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
French (except Basque) 21%
French Canadian 20.7%
Irish 9.4%
English 9.4%
Polish 7.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
Italian 6.1%
US/American 4.1%
German 2.9%
Swedish 1.8%
Lithuanian 1.6%
Canadian 1.3%
Scottish 0.9%
Russian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Finnish 0.6%
Slovak 0.6%
Greek 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Cape Verdean 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
African 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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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

Wal-mart in Putnam

(As of 2006)
625 School Street
(860) 928-3999
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