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Wayne County
Wayne County Courthouse
Wayne County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Wayne County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded 1846
Named for Anthony Wayne
Seat Corydon
Largest city Corydon
Area
 • Total 527 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Land 525 sq mi (1,360 km2)
 • Water 1.7 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 6,497
 • Density 12.328/sq mi (4.760/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 6,497, making it the sixth-least populous county in Iowa. The county seat is Corydon.

History

Wayne County was formed in 1846 but was still attached to other counties for governmental purposes. It was named after General Anthony Wayne.

Its southern border with Missouri was uncertain until the states got a decision from the US Supreme Court in 1848 which held the 1816 Sullivan line (re-marked in 1850), originally run as the northern boundary of an Osage Indian cession. This line is not a true east-west line so the county does not have an exactly rectangular shape.

There had been settlement in this county as early as 1841 by persons thinking they were in Missouri, but the first settlers intending to be in Iowa came about 1848. Its government was organized and the county seat selected in 1851.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,360 km2), of which 525 square miles (1,360 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • Iowa 2.svg Iowa Highway 2
  • Iowa 14.svg Iowa Highway 14

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 340
1860 6,409 1,785.0%
1870 11,287 76.1%
1880 16,127 42.9%
1890 15,670 −2.8%
1900 17,491 11.6%
1910 16,184 −7.5%
1920 15,378 −5.0%
1930 13,787 −10.3%
1940 13,308 −3.5%
1950 11,737 −11.8%
1960 9,800 −16.5%
1970 8,405 −14.2%
1980 8,199 −2.5%
1990 7,067 −13.8%
2000 6,730 −4.8%
2010 6,403 −4.9%
2020 6,497 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
WayneCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Wayne County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 6,497 in the county, with a population density of 12.3729/sq mi (4.7772/km2). 97.38% of the population reported being of one race. 95.43% were non-Hispanic White, 0.15% were Black, 0.94% were Hispanic, 0.26% were Native American, 0.38% were Asian, 0.03% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 2.80% were some other race or more than one race. There were 3,025 housing units, of which 2,585 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 6,403 in the county, with a population density of 12.1823/sq mi (4.7036/km2). There were 3,212 housing units, of which 2,652 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Ghost town

Townships

  • Benton
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Corydon
  • Grand River
  • Howard
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Monroe
  • Richman
  • South Fork
  • Union
  • Walnut
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wright

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Wayne County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Corydon City 1,585
2 Seymour City 701
3 Allerton City 501
4 Humeston City 494
5 Lineville City 217
6 Promise City City 111
7 Clio City 80
8 Millerton City 45
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