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Waynesville, Missouri
City
Location of Waynesville, Missouri
Location of Waynesville, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Pulaski
Area
 • Total 6.45 sq mi (16.71 km2)
 • Land 6.42 sq mi (16.63 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation 807 ft (246 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,830
 • Estimate (2013) 5,316
 • Density 748.8/sq mi (289.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65583
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-77992
GNIS feature ID 0752786
Website waynesvillemo.org

Waynesville is a city in Pulaski County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,830 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pulaski County and is located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. It was one of the communities served by historic Route 66.

History

Waynesville was platted in 1839. The city was named for Anthony Wayne. A post office called Waynesville has been in operation since 1834.

During the American Civil War, Waynesville was sometimes manned by units of the 5th Missouri State Militia.

Geography

Waynesville is located at 37°49′13″N 92°12′49″W / 37.82028°N 92.21361°W / 37.82028; -92.21361 (37.820218, -92.213661).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.45 square miles (16.71 km2), of which, 6.42 square miles (16.63 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 257
1920 293 14.0%
1930 392 33.8%
1940 468 19.4%
1950 1,010 115.8%
1960 2,377 135.3%
1970 3,375 42.0%
1980 2,879 −14.7%
1990 3,207 11.4%
2000 3,507 9.4%
2010 4,830 37.7%
Est. 2015 5,374 11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,830 people, 1,894 households, and 1,252 families residing in the city. The population density was 752.3 inhabitants per square mile (290.5/km2). There were 2,088 housing units at an average density of 325.2 per square mile (125.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.6% White, 12.4% African American, 1.1% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% of the population.

There were 1,894 households of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 32.6 years. 28% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.2% were from 45 to 64; and 11.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

2000 census

At the 2000 census, there were 3,507 people, 1,428 households and 922 families residing in the city. The population density was 563.3 per square mile (217.3/km²). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 255.6 per square mile (98.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.70% White, 10.98% African American, 0.94% Native American, 2.88% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.43% from other races, and 3.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.11% of the population.

There were 1,428 households of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.

27.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median household income was $41,250 and the median family income was $46,205. Males had a median income of $31,435 versus $23,640 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,117. About 9.5% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.9% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Waynesville experiences a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) like much of southern Missouri.

Climate data for Waynesville, Missouri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26.1)
85
(29.4)
87
(30.6)
99
(37.2)
94
(34.4)
104
(40)
115
(46.1)
107
(41.7)
104
(40)
97
(36.1)
86
(30)
79
(26.1)
115
(46.1)
Average high °F (°C) 42
(5.6)
48
(8.9)
59
(15)
68
(20)
75
(23.9)
83
(28.3)
88
(31.1)
87
(30.6)
79
(26.1)
71
(21.7)
57
(13.9)
46
(7.8)
66.9
(19.4)
Average low °F (°C) 20
(-6.7)
25
(-3.9)
34
(1.1)
43
(6.1)
53
(11.7)
62
(16.7)
67
(19.4)
65
(18.3)
57
(13.9)
45
(7.2)
34
(1.1)
25
(-3.9)
44.2
(6.76)
Record low °F (°C) −23
(-30.6)
−23
(-30.6)
−14
(-25.6)
13
(-10.6)
24
(-4.4)
35
(1.7)
42
(5.6)
36
(2.2)
24
(-4.4)
11
(-11.7)
−3
(-19.4)
−25
(-31.7)
−25
(-31.7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.26
(57.4)
2.40
(61)
3.98
(101.1)
4.09
(103.9)
4.71
(119.6)
4.19
(106.4)
3.74
(95)
3.54
(89.9)
4.06
(103.1)
3.88
(98.6)
4.36
(110.7)
3.33
(84.6)
44.54
(1,131.3)

Registered historic places

  • Old Stagecoach Stop (also known as "Black Hotel" or "Pulaski House")
  • Pulaski County Courthouse

Transportation

Waynesville Regional Airport at Forney Field serves the community with air service. Even though it is on Fort Leonard Wood, it is jointly run by the cities of Waynesville and St. Robert and is available for civilian use by private pilots and scheduled commercial passenger service.

The major east-west route is I-44.svg Interstate 44; before that, the main highway was US 66.svg U.S. Route 66, which still exists as a scenic route through the area and passes through Devil's Elbow, St. Robert, Waynesville, Buckhorn, and Hazelgreen. Names for U.S. Route 66 vary - at different places, it's called Teardrop Road, Highway Z, Old Route 66, Historic Route 66, and Highway 17. State-posted signs mark most of the alignment of the road.

The major north-south routes near Waynesville are:

  • MO-17.svg Route 17 which crosses Interstate 44 at exit 153 at Buckhorn, runs east through Waynesville, turns north to Crocker, and then runs north out of the county to Iberia. South of Interstate 44, Highway 17 hugs the western edge of Fort Leonard Wood, passes near Laquey, and circles south of the post until it runs out of the county and eventually joins Highway 32 in Roby.
  • MO-supp-T.svg Highway T which runs north from Highway 17 at Waynesville to Swedeborg, where it meets and ends at Highway 133 about halfway between Richland and Crocker.

Major attractions along U.S. Route 66 include the Old Stagecoach Stop in downtown Waynesville, which is now a museum but began as a tavern and boarding house and is the oldest standing structure in the county. It was used as a Civil War hospital for Union troops who were garrisoned above the city in Fort Wayne, which was demolished after the war. The Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Waynesville is near the Old Stagecoach Stop.

Film

Wanyesville appeared in Extreme Home Makeover Special Episode.

Waynesville appeared in the 17th season of The Bachelor.


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