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Wayne County, Iowa
Map

Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1846
Seat Corydon
Largest City Corydon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

527 sq mi (1,365 km²)
525 sq mi (1,360 km²)
1.7 sq mi (4 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

6,403
12/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.waynecountyiowa.com
Named for: Anthony Wayne

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,403, making it the fifth-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%
Est. 2015 6,385 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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.

2000 census

USA Wayne County, Iowa age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Wayne County

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,730 people, 2,821 households, and 1,918 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,357 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.78% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,821 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 5.90% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 23.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 91.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,380, and the median income for a family was $35,534. Males had a median income of $26,018 versus $18,310 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,613. About 10.80% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

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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