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Wayne County, Tennessee
Map
Map of Tennessee highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1817
Seat Waynesboro
Largest City Clifton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

736 sq mi (1,906 km²)
734 sq mi (1,901 km²)
1.6 sq mi (4 km²), 0.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

17,021
23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.waynecountytn.org
Named for: General Anthony Wayne

Wayne County is a county located in Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,021. Its county seat is Waynesboro. The county is named after General "Mad Anthony" Wayne.

History

Wayne County was created in 1817 from parts of Hickman and Humphreys counties. Waynesboro, its county seat, was established in 1821. The city of Clifton emerged as a key river port in the mid-19th century.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 736 square miles (1,910 km2), of which 734 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Tennessee by area. The county lies primarily along the southwestern Highland Rim. The Tennessee River flows along Wayne County's northwestern border with Decatur County. The Buffalo River, a tributary of the Duck River, flows through the northern part of Wayne County. The Green River, a tributary of the Buffalo, flows through Waynesboro.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)

State protected areas

  • Arnold Hollow Wildlife Management Area
  • Browntown Wildlife Management Area
  • Eagle Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Tie Camp Wildlife Management Area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 2,459
1830 6,013 144.5%
1840 7,705 28.1%
1850 8,170 6.0%
1860 9,115 11.6%
1870 10,209 12.0%
1880 11,301 10.7%
1890 11,471 1.5%
1900 12,936 12.8%
1910 12,062 −6.8%
1920 12,877 6.8%
1930 12,134 −5.8%
1940 13,638 12.4%
1950 13,864 1.7%
1960 11,908 −14.1%
1970 12,365 3.8%
1980 13,946 12.8%
1990 12,935 −7.2%
2000 16,842 30.2%
2010 17,021 1.1%
Est. 2015 16,748 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Wayne County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Wayne County

As of the census of 2010, there were 17,021 people, 5,822 households, and 4,321 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,701 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.3% White, 5.7% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,936 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 121.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 125.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,576, and the median income for a family was $30,973. Males had a median income of $27,879 versus $19,034 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,472. About 12.90% of families and 16.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

The religious affiliations of the people of Wayne County, Tennessee are:

  • Christian
    • Southern Baptist Convention (47%)
    • United Methodist Church (15%)
    • Independent Free Will Baptist Associations(13%)
    • Churches of Christ (12%)
    • Church of God (5%)
    • National Association of Free Will Baptists (3%)
    • Cumberland Presbyterian Church (2%)
    • Presbyterian Church (1%)
    • International Pentecostal Holiness Church (1%)
    • Catholic Church (1%)
    • Church of God of Prophecy (0.8%)
    • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (0.6%)
    • Seventh-day Adventist Church (0.3%)
    • Church of the Nazarene (0.1%)
    • Other (15%)
  • Baha'i (0.1%)

Events

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

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