Putnam is a town in northern Washington County, New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town population was 645 at the 2000 census. The town is named after Israel Putnam, a hero of the American Revolution.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 35.5 square miles (92 km), of which, 33.2 square miles (86 km) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km) of it (6.49%) is water.
The north town line is the border of Essex County, New York. The east town line is defined by Lake Champlain and the border of Vermont. The west town line is defined by Lake George and Warren County, New York. The town is inside the Adirondack Park.
NY Route 22 is a north-south highway through the center of the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 645 people, 248 households, and 181 families residing in the town. The population density was 19.5 people per square mile (7.5/km²). There were 611 housing units at an average density of 18.4 per square mile (7.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.84% White and 0.16% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.
There were 248 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the town, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $51,000, and the median income for a family was $56,429. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,355. About 3.6% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
Putnam New York neighborhoods include: Barger Street, Indian Hill, Oscawana Heights Rd, Peekskill Hollow Rd, Putnam Valley, Roaring Brook Lake