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Wayne, Nebraska
Wayne's commercial district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Wayne's commercial district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Location of Wayne, Nebraska
Location of Wayne, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Wayne
Founded 1881
Named for Anthony Wayne
Government
 • Type Mayor/Council
Area
 • Total 2.25 sq mi (5.83 km2)
 • Land 2.21 sq mi (5.72 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
1,453 ft (443 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,660
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,661
 • Density 2,561.54/sq mi (989.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
68787
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-51840
GNIS feature ID 0834513
Website www.cityofwayne.org

Wayne is a city in Wayne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 5,660 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wayne County and the home of Wayne State College.

History

Wayne was founded in 1881 when the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad was extended to that point. It was named from Wayne County.

Geography

Wayne is located at 42°14′10″N 97°1′1″W / 42.23611°N 97.01694°W / 42.23611; -97.01694 (42.235990, -97.017019).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.25 square miles (5.83 km2), of which, 2.21 square miles (5.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,178
1900 2,119 79.9%
1910 2,140 1.0%
1920 2,115 −1.2%
1930 2,381 12.6%
1940 2,719 14.2%
1950 3,595 32.2%
1960 4,217 17.3%
1970 5,379 27.6%
1980 5,240 −2.6%
1990 5,142 −1.9%
2000 5,583 8.6%
2010 5,660 1.4%
Est. 2019 5,660 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 5,660 people, 1,953 households, and 987 families living in the city. The population density was 2,561.1 inhabitants per square mile (988.8/km2). There were 2,082 housing units at an average density of 942.1 per square mile (363.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 2.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.0% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8%.

Of the 1,953 households 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.5% were non-families. 33.6% of households were one person and 12.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age was 22.9 years. 15.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 39.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.7% were from 25 to 44; 15.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

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