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One of West Virginia’s most popular places to call home

We think West Virginia is one of the most beautiful states in the nation, and if you’ve ever been through our state, we’re sure you’ll agree. Within West Virginia, Putnam County has long been a popular place to call home. In fact, we’re the only county in the region that’s gained population every year since the 1970 Census!

The Healthiest County

What makes Putnam County such a desirable location for you and your company’s workforce? Beyond the natural beauty and an abundance of recreational opportunities, our area has delightfully affordable housing, plus top-quality public and postsecondary schools, and healthcare resources that led the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to rate us as the state’s healthiest county.

Affordable High-Quality Housing

You’ll find a variety of housing choices here, from modern suburban-style communities, to traditional small-town environments, to plenty of acreage for a country estate surrounded by the foothills, all within easy reach of retail and dining choices. In addition to local parks and recreation sites like the 60-acre Valley Park, we’re close to the New River Gorge National Park (the nation’s newest national park) and the Gauley River National Recreation Area, and if you’re into fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, or skiing, you’ll have no trouble finding ways to spend your free time.

Excellent Schools and More

Nearly 10,000 young people attend our county’s 23 schools, which have earned recognition for excellence. The local graduation rate is among the state’s best and well ahead of the national average, and our average ACT scores are above the national and state composites in all subject areas. With six hospitals within 30 minutes and numerous other medical facilities, our residents are well cared for.

Plus, Putnam County is still the type of place where children play safely in their neighborhoods, neighbors chat on a sunny evening and pitch in to help one another.  Nobody’s treated like a stranger, so it’s hard to imagine a friendlier place to do business.

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