An estimated 61,563 private and commercial vehicles call the roads of Putnam County their home. This figure accounts for approximately 0.34% of all vehicles registered in the entire state of Florida.
Over 81% of adult drivers in Putnam County commute to work by themself, and less than half of those commutes last for over 30 minutes.
With an estimated 20% of Florida drivers uninsured, about 12,000 vehicles in Putnam County alone could be uninsured or underinsured.
Nearly every fifth crash in Putnam County is a hit and run.
Motor vehicle fatalities in Putnam County statistically occur at a rate of 39.71 per 100,000 vehicles on the road: more than 24 fatal crashes per year.
In 2021, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported about 1,230 crashes in Putnam County: 27 fatal crashes, with a resultant 28 deaths (including 4 motorcyclists). In Putnam County, alcohol is determined as the main factor for the fatal crashes in approximately 43% of all driving fatalities.
To discuss your auto insurance needs and to find affordable car insurance in Putnam County, contact a knowledgeable Property & Casualty (P&C) insurance agent licensed in the state of Florida.
Majority (65%) of homes in Florida are owner-occupied. Similarly, Putnam County’s estimated 37,929 housing unit market is largely composed of Homeowner-occupied units (71%) while others are Rentals (29%).
Among its neighbors, St. Johns County’s housing units are mostly homeowner-occupied at over 80% while Alachua County has the least number of homeowner-occupied units at 55% which is lower than the state’s average — this means that every other home in Alachua County is a rental unit.
Across Florida, Sumter County has the most homes occupied by owners (nearly 90%) while Miami-Dade County offers the highest percentage of its real estate as rentals (49%).
Nearly 19% of housing units in Putnam County experience housing problems, overcrowding, substandard plumbing, or kitchen-related issues. In 1 out of 4 homes, residents spend more than 50% of their income on housing.
In Putnam County, over 22% of adult residents lack proper health insurance coverage, which is higher than the state average (≈19%), and the highest among its surrounding counties. Next to Putnam County, Marion County has the second-highest uninsured rate of over 21% while St. Johns County has the lowest uninsured rate of under 13% among the neighboring counties. In fact, the latter also has the lowest uninsured rate in the state of Florida. Meanwhile, the highest uninsured adult rate in Florida is in Hendry County, with 35% of residents.
More than 1 in 4 adults (or nearly 20,000 residents) in Putnam County report problems with health.
Nearly 38% of the Putnam County population do not participate in physical exercise activities.
Close to 39% of the Putnam County residents are considered obese (with a BMI of 30 or more), which is higher than the Florida average of over 27%. Among the neighboring counties, most areas are above the state average with Putnam County having the highest adult obesity rate, followed by Bradford County at over 37%. St Johns County reported the lowest rate (over 23%) of adults considered obese.
As of 2022, there are 14 health insurers in Putnam County, offering affordable and frequently subsidized ACA health insurance on the Florida health marketplace.
Average life expectancy for the residents of Putnam County is between 73 and 74 years old, which is lower than the state average in Florida (80 years old). Among the neighboring counties, Putnam County has the shortest average life expectancy while St. Johns County shows longer life spans averaging 82 years old, which adds around 8 years on top of Putnam County and 2 years over the state average.
In the state of Florida, Collier County has the highest average life expectancy at over 86 years old, while the lowest life span is seen in Union County at under 69 years old.
In 2022, there were nearly 18,000 seniors (65 and older) residing in Putnam County.
Funeral expenses in and around Putnam County vary drastically. Putnam County’s average price of a funeral ($4,600) is the lowest in its surrounding area and in the state of Florida. Among the neighboring counties, Clay County has the highest average funeral cost of almost $7,100, followed by Marion County at over $6,500.
In Florida, Collier County has the most expensive burial expenses at $9,600. The average funeral cost statewide is around $5,900.
Commercial insurance needs vary among each of the nearly 1,500 business establishments in Putnam County. In 2020, the three largest job-creating sectors, accounting for over 59% of all employment in the county were: