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7.0 out of 10

Putnam County

Ranked 20th best county in New York
41.4330622493169 -73.7264572940415
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5

"Spanning everything from Suburban to Semi-rural"

Putnam County lies north of Westchester County and is over an hour's drive from New York City. While some of the places in Putnam are past the point of convenient daily commute for Manhattan, many of the towns here are popular bedroom communities earning Putnam the distinction of being called an exurb or extra -urban county. Putnam County also has the distinction of being the 11th most affluent county in the country according to the median income of the people living here. This well-off county offers an attractive mixture of easy access to urban living in a rural setting.

Putnam County was a part of Dutchess County as recently as the 19th century. Putnam County was detached from Dutchess County in 1812 and like much of this general area it has a long history interwoven with the history of the nation. There are many landmarks from the National Historical Registry in this county that will be a treat from any history lover.

The other big attraction of Putnam County is the unspoiled stretches of bucolic beauty. Putnam was not farmland for many years because its terrain and the location made it hard to be an agrarian community. While this did change to an extent, there is still some of the charm of the rugged terrain to be seen in part of Putnam County.

There are many charming towns and neighborhoods which offer great housing and shopping options. The school districts have good report cards from state testing and the crime rate is not a source of worry or concern. It is possible to get a nice sized property with land and Putnam County has over the years become the place of choice for urbanites looking for some serious country living.
  • Accessibility to NYC
  • Good Schools
  • Charming towns
  • Fairly quiet
  • not too much diversity
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers

Best Cities in Putnam County



"Historic Continental Village in Garrison"
41.3720461722647 -73.9188218012273

Putnam Valley

"Great Schools and Peaceful Lake Views"
41.4080153370529 -73.8348780348614


"A Lakeside Community that's Full of Cultural Pride"
41.4057110229157 -73.6955444157996

Unranked Cities in Putnam County


"The Perfect Day: The Brewster Way"
41.3976141621474 -73.614099002979

Cold Spring

"One of the Most Beautiful Spots in Putnam"
41.42 -73.9549


"From Summer Resort to Thriving Lakeside Community"
41.3761241161386 -73.7409124713995

Peach Lake

"Forget Your Troubles and Retreat to Peach Lake"
41.3743420870477 -73.580528376697

Putnam Lake

"Hike the Railway Trail in Historic and Beautiful Putnam Lake"
41.4705683242362 -73.5458847930286


"Ride Thunder Mountain or Hike the Appalachian Trail in Beautiful Putnam County"
41.5136 -73.6057


"Putnam County's pretty southeast corner..."
41.4272794076814 -73.5984380147236

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