Why Putnam County?

Four Reasons Why You Should Choose
#Putnam WV
to live, work, & play


  • According to Niche, Putnam County is ranked the second-highest school district in West Virginia for K-12 and the top district for school athletics.
  • Repeatedly in the top three rankings for West Virginia school systems for academics and athletics.
  • Progressive leadership programs and varied extracurricular activities.
  • The graduation rate is among the highest in WV, and significantly higher than the national average.


  • Dramatically low crime rates, including Crime Grade’s A+ designation for violent crime ranking, and a property crime rate 45% lower than the national average.
  • Investment in innovative technology and personnel to ensure children have a safe, secure learning environment.
  • Housing in a variety of clean, planned neighborhoods near convenient amenities or rural, spacious acreage for a more secluded retreat.


  • Public parks offering trail systems, river access for fishing and paddling or boating, playgrounds (including an ADA Inclusive playground), and sports facilities.
  • An active library system, an immersive science center for educational enrichment, and thriving youth sports leagues and training facilities.
  • A multitude of local restaurants serving up any flavor you could want, and convenient retail options with national favorites and unique boutiques.


  • Putnam County is conveniently located between WV’s two largest cities, Charleston and Huntington, and within four hours of Columbus, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Charlotte.
  • Major highways include Interstate 64 and US Route 35. Rail providers include CSX, Norfolk Southern, and WATCO. The Kanawha River is also navigable by barge access.
  • County-wide initiative providing broadband access to every household by 2024 offering reliability for work, entertainment, and connecting with loved ones.

The Essential Guide to Relocating & Starting a Business in Putnam County

Looking to relocate or start a business in Putnam County, WV, & want to explore local attractions?

Putnam County, West Virginia is proudly located in the Advantage Valley region.

Looking to Relocate?

Check out our relocation guide!

Relocation Guide →

Interested in Starting a Business?

Contact the Putnam County Planning & Infrastructure Office for permits & the Putnam County Chamber for more information.

Planning & Infrastructure →

Chamber of Commerce →

Looking for Fun Things to Do?

Looking for the top places to see and fun things to do in Putnam County? Visit the Putnam County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website.

Convention & Visitor’s Bureau →