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Wayne County, Mississippi
Map

Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1809
Seat Waynesboro
Largest City Waynesboro
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

814 sq mi (2,108 km²)
811 sq mi (2,100 km²)
2.8 sq mi (7 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

20,747
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.waynecounty.ms
Named for: Anthony Wayne

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,747. Its county seat is Waynesboro. The county is named for General Anthony Wayne.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 814 square miles (2,110 km2), of which 811 square miles (2,100 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is the fifth-largest county in Mississippi by land area.

Major highways

  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • US 84.svg U.S. Highway 84
  • Circle sign 63.svg Mississippi Highway 63

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • De Soto National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 1,253
1820 3,323 165.2%
1830 2,781 −16.3%
1840 2,120 −23.8%
1850 2,892 36.4%
1860 3,691 27.6%
1870 4,206 14.0%
1880 8,741 107.8%
1890 9,817 12.3%
1900 12,539 27.7%
1910 14,709 17.3%
1920 15,467 5.2%
1930 15,295 −1.1%
1940 16,928 10.7%
1950 17,010 0.5%
1960 16,258 −4.4%
1970 16,650 2.4%
1980 19,135 14.9%
1990 19,517 2.0%
2000 21,216 8.7%
2010 20,747 −2.2%
Est. 2015 20,566 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,216 people, 7,857 households, and 5,853 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 9,049 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.29% White, 38.01% Black, 0.07% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.33% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Latino of any race.

There were 7,857 households out of which 37.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 17.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,918, and the median income for a family was $30,513. Males had a median income of $27,139 versus $16,680 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,757. About 21.40% of families and 25.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.70% of those under age 18 and 21.90% of those age 65 or over.

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Cities

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Unincorporated Communities


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