Putnam County sees growth while most other WV counties see population loss

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West Virginia is losing population according recent census estimates. According to numbers released this week 47 of the state’s 55 counties including Cabell and Kanawha saw a drop in the number of people living there. Putnam County is one of the few counties to see an increase in the number of residents.

“I relocated here after I got married,” said Teresa Mathews, owner of Trendi in Teays Valley, WV. She moved from Cabell County to Putnam County a few years ago and decided to open her own shop. 

“This was the perfect place to start a business that I had always wanted to open,” Mathews said. 

While most other counties in the state saw a drop in population last year Putnam County had steady growth, gaining close to 150 people. 

“It is a great place to live and a great place to work and a great place to raise a family,” Mathews said.  

Gerry Stover said generations of his family have called Putnam County home for over a century. In that time he said the county has managed to make the most of the potential for growth. 

“It is a bedroom community between Huntington and Charleston so you have professional families and the spouses can work either Huntington or Charleston and you have I-64 close by,” Stover said. 

Kanawha County lost almost 2,000 people last year.

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