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Wayne County
The Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale
The Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Wayne County
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Map of the United States highlighting Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Pennsylvania
Founded March 21, 1798
Named for Anthony Wayne
Seat Honesdale
Largest borough Honesdale
 • Total 751 sq mi (1,950 km2)
 • Land 726 sq mi (1,880 km2)
 • Water 25 sq mi (60 km2)  3.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Wayne is a sixth-class county in Pennsylvania. The county's population was 52,822 at the time of the 2010 census. The county seat is the Borough of Honesdale. The county was formed from part of Northampton County on March 21, 1798, and was named for the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Wayne County has a total area of 751 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 726 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) (3.3%) is water.

The terrain of the county is varied. In the wider northern half, the land is rugged along its border with New York State, while the southern portion tends to be swampier. Higher hills and mountains are predominantly found along the county's western edge, while lower ones are more common in the east, near the Delaware River. The middle section of Wayne County is a wide plain.

The highest elevation in the county, 2,659 ft (810 m), is the summit of Mount Ararat in Orson. Two other summits at the north end of the same ridge also exceed 2,640 ft (800 m) in elevation. The county's lowest point, at approximately 680 ft (210 m) above sea level, is along the Delaware, near Wayne County's border with Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Most of Wayne County is drained by the Delaware (which separates Pennsylvania from New York), with the exception of a few small areas in the western part of the county, which are drained by either the Starrucca Creek or the Lackawanna River (which both eventually flow into the Susquehanna River).

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 2,562
1810 4,125 61.0%
1820 4,127 0.0%
1830 7,663 85.7%
1840 11,848 54.6%
1850 21,890 84.8%
1860 32,239 47.3%
1870 33,188 2.9%
1880 33,513 1.0%
1890 31,010 −7.5%
1900 30,171 −2.7%
1910 29,236 −3.1%
1920 27,435 −6.2%
1930 28,420 3.6%
1940 29,934 5.3%
1950 28,478 −4.9%
1960 28,237 −0.8%
1970 29,581 4.8%
1980 35,237 19.1%
1990 39,944 13.4%
2000 47,722 19.5%
2010 52,822 10.7%
2020 51,155 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2017 2010-2020

As of the Census of 2010, there were 52,822 people, 20,625 households, and 13,952 families in Wayne County. The county's population density was 72.797 people per square mile (28.107/km2), and there were 31,653 housing units at an average density of 43.623/sq mi (16.843/km2). The racial makeup of the populace was 94.2% White, 3.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.9% of other races, and 1.1% of two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of all races made up 3.4% of the population.

67.6% of Wayne County's households were families, 53.9% were headed by a heterosexual married couple (Pennsylvania did not allow same-sex marriage until May 20, 2014, after the 2010 Census had been completed), and 26.6% included children under the age of 18. 9.2% of households were headed by a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% by a male householder with no wife present, and 32.4% consisted of non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% consisted of a person 65 years of age or older living alone. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.

Wayne County's age distribution was 21.1% under the age of 18, 4.5% between the ages of 18 and 24, 23.1% between 25 and 44, 32.4% between 45 and 64, and 19.0% 65 years of age or older. The population's median age was 45.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 110 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112 males in the same age range.

According to American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, the median income for a household in Wayne County in 2013 was $49,313, and the median income for a family was $58,934. Males had a median income of $36,173, while females had a median income of $23,636. The per capita income for the county was $24,005. 8.4% of families and 12.2% of people were below the Census Bureau's poverty thresholds (different from the federally defined poverty guidelines), including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

According to self-reported ancestry figures recorded by the ACS, the five largest ancestral groups in Wayne County in 2013 were Germans (30.3%), Irish (22.1%), Italians (13.9%), English (10.9%), and Poles (10.1%). Those reporting American ancestry made up 8.6% of the population.


Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Municipalities and CDPs
Map of Wayne County with municipalities and CDPs labeled.

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: boroughs, cities, townships, and one town. Wayne County has only boroughs and townships. The latter type is classified based on population by the state government; all of its townships are second-class. A complete list of the county's municipalities follows:



Census-designated places

In addition, Pennsylvania also has a few types of unincorporated communities, namely villages and private communities. Villages are unincorporated communities within a township, often defined by ZIP code boundaries, property deeds, and local consensus, but which have no official boundaries or population, unless they are also census-designated places (CDPs), geographical areas designated by the US Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. Regardless of whether or not they are CDPs, however, they are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law. Private communities are gated settlements usually governed by a community association, which also often defines the boundaries of the community and may keep track of the number of its members. However, like villages, private communities have no official boundaries or populations, unless they are CDPs, and are never Pennsylvanian jurisdictions. The following is an incomplete list by necessity, but more complete lists of Wayne County's villages and private communities may be found in the corresponding township entry.

Unincorporated communities

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 Honesdale Borough 4,480
2 The Hideout CDP 3,013
3 Waymart Borough 1,341
4 Wallenpaupack Lake Estates CDP 1,279
5 Big Bass Lake (mostly in Lackawanna County) CDP 1,270
6 Hawley Borough 1,211
7 Pocono Springs CDP 926
8 Gouldsboro (partially in Monroe County) CDP 890
9 White Mills CDP 659
10 Prompton Borough 250
11 Bethany Borough 246
12 Starrucca Borough 173


Map of Wayne County Pennsylvania School Districts
Map of Wayne County's school districts.

Public school districts

  • Forest City Regional (also in Lackawanna and Susquehanna)
  • North Pocono (also in Lackawanna)
  • Susquehanna Community (also in Susquehanna)
  • Wallenpaupack Area (also in Pike)
  • Wayne Highlands
  • Western Wayne

Private schools

There are five private or parochial schools in Wayne County:

  • Canaan Christian Academy in Varden
  • Damascus Christian Academy in Damascus
  • Saint Dominic's Academy in Honesdale
  • Serendipity Center Early Learning in Hawley
  • Sonshine Christian Preschool and Daycare in Hawley


The Wayne Library Alliance operates seven public libraries throughout the county:

  • The Bethany Public Library in Bethany
  • The Hawley Public Library in Hawley
  • The Newfoundland Area Public Library in Newfoundland
  • The Northern Wayne Community Library in Lakewood
  • The Pleasant Mount Public Library in Pleasant Mount
  • The Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale

See also

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