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Wayne County, Utah
Map of Utah highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Utah
Map of the USA highlighting Utah
Utah's location in the U.S.
Founded 1892
Seat Loa
Largest town Loa
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,466 sq mi (6,387 km²)
2,461 sq mi (6,374 km²)
5.8 sq mi (15 km²), 0.2%
 - (2015)
 - Density

1.1/sq mi (0/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Named for: Wayne County, Tennessee

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,778, making it the fourth-least populous county in Utah. Its county seat is Loa. The county was formed from Piute County in 1892, and gets its name from Wayne County, Tennessee.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,466 square miles (6,390 km2), of which 2,461 square miles (6,370 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.2%) is water. The Green River, passing through the canyons of Canyonlands National Park, forms the eastern boundary. The San Rafael Desert occupies the center of the county. Thousand Lake Mountain and Boulder Mountain flank Rabbit Valley on the western end of the county, where beautiful forests contrast with the deserts to the east. The small population of the county is centered in Rabbit Valley, with one town of 200, Hanksville, located in Graves Valley North of the Henry Mountains. Wayne County is also home of Capitol Reef National Park.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Canyonlands National Park (part)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (part)
  • Dixie National Forest (part)
  • Fishlake National Forest (part)
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (part)
Panorama of the Great Gallery in Canyonlands National Park

Major highways

  • SR-12
  • SR-24
  • SR-72
  • SR-95


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,907
1910 1,749 −8.3%
1920 2,097 19.9%
1930 2,067 −1.4%
1940 2,394 15.8%
1950 2,205 −7.9%
1960 1,728 −21.6%
1970 1,483 −14.2%
1980 1,911 28.9%
1990 2,177 13.9%
2000 2,509 15.3%
2010 2,778 10.7%
Est. 2015 2,692 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,509 people, 890 households, and 669 families residing in the county. The population density was 1.13 people per square mile (0.43/km²). There were 1,329 housing units at an average density of 0.54 per square mile (0.21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.29% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.24% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 1.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 890 households out of which 36.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.50% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.80% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.31.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.40% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 22.50% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 103.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $36,940. Males had a median income of $26,645 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,392. About 12.70% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.10% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.



Scenery north of Hanksville, Utah
View north of Hanksville from Route 24. Factory Butte in background.

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

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