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Wayne County
Tithing Office in Loa, Utah.
Map of Utah highlighting Wayne County
Location within the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah
Utah's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Utah
Founded March 10, 1892
Named for Wayne County, Tennessee
Seat Loa
Largest town Loa
Area
 • Total 2,466 sq mi (6,390 km2)
 • Land 2,461 sq mi (6,370 km2)
 • Water 5.8 sq mi (15 km2)  0.2%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,486
 • Density 1.0081/sq mi (0.38923/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Wayne County is a county 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.

Geography

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

Major highways

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

Demographics

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%
US Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018 2019 2020

Ancestry/Ethnicity

As of 2017 the largest self-identified ancestry groups/ethnic groups in Wayne County, Utah were:

Largest ancestries (2017) Percent
English 45.5%
German 16.3%
Dutch 8.4%
Danish 7.6%
Irish 5.8%
Scottish 5.4%
Swedish 3.9%
American 2.3%
Welsh 1.7%
Polish 1.2%

Communities

Towns

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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